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Essential portrait photography tips for a beginner
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.


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