Believe it or not photographing people is one of the easiest shoots to do. Every subject is unique.
Create a rapport. When you’re starting out photograph someone you know, who isn’t camera shy. Get them to relax and have fun.
Use your lenses. Understand how to use them and what works well, as they are the focal point for good portrait photographs.
Use wide angle lenses because this way you can get in close to your subject. This creates an intimate shot as you are so close.
Think in black and white. This ensures you learn about shape, texture, lighting and composition.
Think about light. Overcast days and evening sun are perfect. Direct sun creates shadows on faces and makes people screw up their eyes.
Use your flash. Most cameras have a built-in flash that activates automatically if the camera thinks it is needed. You can also activate it. A lot of portraits look better with flash as it eliminates shadows caused by uneven or harsh light.
Learn all about your camera’s settings. They will help you take a portrait and can either be activated by you or are automatic depending on the setting you use.
Avoid posing. Better results can be achieved if you encourage your subject to play around for the camera. Have fun and be spontaneous.
Study the work of well-known portrait photographers. Look at the poses and the lighting.
Finally, when planning a shoot think about the clothes, backgrounds, textures, shape and colours before you start shooting.