Portrait photography

6 simple tips to improve your portrait photography

Are some essential factors missing from your portraits? These tips might just be what you need.

Portrait photography is perhaps the most popular and demanded genre of photography. Portraits are and always will be the most vital subject of photography, as they not only document the image of a person, they are also very effective ways of inspiring and provoking emotions through a single photograph.

In this video from portrait and wedding photographer Jiggie Alejandrino of the Philippines, he talks about some tiny but crucial details of the portrait shooting process that will improve your workflow and overall performance. These tips not only help you get the best possible output and image quality, but also give you more flexibility in your workflow for future use.

In this video, Alejandrino talks about the crucial role of backdrops and how they should complement any visual element present in the subject. The effective and efficient use of space plays a key role in producing the most effective compositions, but at the same time requires great attention to the effect of focal length and subject distortion. Another crucial but often overlooked factor is the height of the camera to the subject. Not only does this affect the geometric perspective and shape of your subject, but can also be essential in representing character and emotion.

Portrait photography is more than just pointing the camera at someone’s face and pushing the button. While anyone can do it with even the simplest of cameras, it takes attention to detail to create effective and striking images.