Quick Tips To Get More Comfortable With Yourself As A Portrait Photographer


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.

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Learning Photography By Channeling Jimi Hendrix

Image Via WikiMedia Original photographer unknown

Jimi Hendrix Image Via WikiMedia Original photographer unknown

I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix with my dad. He is by far one the best guitar players of all time. His guitar playing revolutionized music. In a way it can also revolutionize your photography. Jimi Hendrix’s life and legacy can teach you a lot in how to deal with your photography, if you look at it the right way. He was a unique individual who did things his own way. However, he also learned from many of those who came before him. I’ve studied Jimi Hendrix quite a bit and it dawned on me that this is a great way to learn photography.

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Recommended Reading- Digital Wedding Photography Secrets

Besides reading blogs for tips and tricks, it’s sometimes also great to refer to handy guides. If you’re looking to get into wedding photography or if you’re already one but always looking for ways to improve then Digital Wedding Photography Secrets by Rick Sammon is a great book to pick up. The book is truly as versatile as wedding photographers need to be and will serve as both as learning guide and refresher to photographers. It’s a great time to talk about it with WPPI happening soon. My review is after the jump.

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