Last Updated on 01/21/2014 by Gevon Servo
If you have ever played an MMORPG, then you know that there are important lessons it teaches. You get better with experience. There are very few who start off at the top. This is ultimately true in portrait photography. Sometimes people think they can just shoot portraits without sitting for one. They are afraid of being in front of the camera and are either uncomfortable with themselves or with the process. Portrait photography can be its own world in photography. If the photographer can’t make the subject comfortable, it will show in the final image. To truly make your subject comfortable, you as a photographer have to be comfortable. The best way to do this is to get comfortable with yourself.
So we’re going to start out by saying this: do not take selfies. Take self-portraits. If you are not really comfortable with yourself, you are probably taking selfies. However, making self-portraits can teach you a lot.
We have many posts on portrait photography that you can check out. But here are a couple of short and quick tips for you.
Have an Experienced Portrait Photographer Shoot Your Portrait
It’s good to have a great portrait of yourself, so you can know how your subjects feel. You will learn what you are comfortable with and how you want your clients to feel.
Learn to Pose Yourself, so You Can Pose Others
Learning how to stand in front of a camera will help you learn how to pose a subject in front of your camera. This makes it easier to walk into a portrait situation and gets your shots faster.
Build Your Confidence
Get used to looking at yourself as a subject. It will help you be more comfortable with your client. Being a subject is different from being the photographer. Having confidence will make your client more comfortable with your skills. Your body language speaks volumes, and knowing how your clients feel makes things easier.
Know What You are Doing and What Gear You are Using
Work out all your favorite settings using yourself as a guinea pig. Instead of figuring out your settings in front of your client and/or friends, use yourself. It gives you time to play with ideas and different pieces of gear.
Shoot Portraits at Different Depths of Field
Shooting your self-portrait at different depths of field will help you develop your portrait style. By employing different depths of field you learn what your eye likes. By comparing and contrasting the resulting images, you can develop your style.
Don’t Just Learn Lighting, Understand It
Not all portraits can be taken with natural light. Sometimes you’ll need a little fill flash. When you are using yourself as a subject you don’t have worry about time. Play with all the different lighting angles you can. When you are setting up lighting for a subject, understanding things will make the whole process more efficient.
Learn How to Use a Remote Trigger
Remote triggers can be your best friends while shooting portraits. They can enable you to be your own assistant. When shooting a self-portrait, a remote trigger can help you focus on yourself easier. A remote trigger can be one of your most valuable tools once you understand how it works.
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