With a basic digital camera, we often take family portraits or individual or small group pictures of friends, but getting great shots of people is always a challenge. There are four most important portrait photography tips for a beginner as follows besides holding the camera in a way to eliminate camera shake. The camera should be either on a tripod or with a firm rest.
First, to brighten up subjects when using aperture
priority mode, you can try using exposure compensation. Try dialling
in up to +1 stop of positive exposure compensation to lighten up
people’s faces is an important tip for portrait photography.
Secondly, set a wide aperture, from f/2.8 to f/5.6,
in order to capture a shallow depth of field, so the background
behind your subject gets blurred to make them stand out. A wider
aperture makes the subject stand out
Thirdly, use a 1/250 second shutter speed or faster
to ensure sharp shots and avoid effect of even small camera-shake.
The faster shutter speeds are required all the more when you are
shooting portraits handheld.
Fourthly, pay attention to ISO setting. In the
well-lit place increase your shutter speed all the more by choosing
an ISO 400 setting. However, in low light you may need to increase it
to ISO 800 or onward despite it will produce a little grainy picture.
In this case, the little grain is in the shot is definitely better
than a blurry and useless photograph.