Friday, October 11, 2013

Tips for Quick Portraits

In photography, we had to do a portrait assignment. We had two weeks to get it done, but guess who procrastinated and took 200 photos in two days??
This girl.

Even tho I was rushed to get everything finished, everything went very smoothly. Not to mention, we all had a lot of fun taking the photos. I've decided to give you guys some tips on quick portrait photography. We are all busy and this will help you with times such as when you're kid looks super adorable, but you have to be somewhere in 10 minutes.

Here are a few tips on quick portrait photography photography.
  • Make sure your subject doesn't feel rushed
  • Use props (like in the photo of my sister drinking the Frappe), props give the photo a more natural feel.
  • Look for interesting walls and backgrounds.
  • Don't sweat the small details. 
  • Find the best lighting for the time you're taking photos.
    • If it's in the middle of the day, take photos in a completely shaded area (shaded side of a building, etc.)
    • Make sure your lighting isn't creating contrasting and harsh shadows on your subjects face (under nose, under chin, under eyes).
    • If the sun sets in two hours, have your subject face the sun and keep your back to it, this creates a beautiful golden lighting effect.
  • Make sure your subject is having fun (fun = good expressions)
  • Remember photoshop is your friend. If the subjects makeup or hair isn't flawless, spend more time editing, instead of getting ready so you can have more photos. You can always edit on a rainy day, but you can't retake photos.

Hope these tips help out, the next time you have to take some fast photos!

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