Portrait

Simple Portraiture

Here are some examples of portrait photography and how you can use what available.

I needed a portrait or myself for my blog and other websites that featured my work, so I enlisted my father-in-law to help me.

You do not need a studio or very much equipment to create great portraits.  Experiment with your surroundings, and do not let what you do not have limit you.

Equipment:

  1. Camera
  2. Tripod
  3. Flash
  4. Flash Trigger

I set up my tripod with the flash trigger and flash unit for an off-camera light source.  The on-camera flash will cast shadows and cause the image to go flat.

Next, I used a clean, white wall in my living room for my backdrop.  My father-in-law was my test subject, so I could get my settings, lighting, and angles right.

After I had taken a few shots and felt that I had everything right, I passed on the camera to my father-in-law.

Remember, photographers are usually not in their own photos, so pass the camera to someone you trust to get some great shots of yourself.

The final steps are in processing.  I created my own Lightroom preset for most of my photos, and it was based closely with in-camera settings I like to use.  Try to produce as much in-camera as you can so that the editing process is minimal.

I selected my preset and added a vignette for character.  Here are the results:

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