(Date of event: April 23, 2018)
Three words to describe this class. “It was lit!” That’s how I can best describe it. I love how we got to take photos with a resident model for that specific class. We were around 12 students, the most populated class I’ve been to.
Since I’ve been doing photography for almost 3 years, I was confident enough to instruct the model how she would pose and communicate with her on what vibe I want to give in the portraits based on the outfit she’s wearing.
Here are some of the portraits I’ve done…
Model: Dannah Miscala
Camera used: Nikon D7000
Location: Around UP Diliman
Date: April 23, 2018
Overall, I really enjoyed taking pictures of her because in one single instruction she knows what to do. I was ecstatic that time and decided to get extra with the shoot. I was also able to ask her some questions like, “When did you start modeling?” She replied, “I’ve been modeling for 2 years already.”
I edited everything that same afternoon and finished at around 11 pm. I used Adobe Lightroom 4 and VSCO for the post-processing. Gosh, this was one of the best shots I’ve done for a portrait shoot. Most people thought that this was professionally done when in fact I did all of these by myself.
Let’s get REAL here. If you are a beginner in photography, I don’t think you would enjoy this activity as much as I did. Because taking pictures alone without having prior knowledge of the basics of photography will leave you frustrated because the output will either look too DARK or too BRIGHT plus it is also time-consuming on your part. Another issue will be your lack of ideas on how will you position your model for your portrait. You will just be blank. Just blank.
But it’s okay because I am here to give some tips on how to get great portrait shots:
- Know the basic settings in your camera. – Knowing the basic settings in your camera will help you a lot in exposing your pictures properly. There are 3 components in photography that you must know when you’re using manual mode. Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO. You must set your shutter speed first and your set your ISO last for you to get optimal exposure in your photos. In bright light, always set your ISO to 100.
2. Get some inspiration. – In order for you to get some ideas in portraits, you must check other portraits captured by fellow photographers. Photographers like Brandon Woelfel and Peter McKinnon take really great portraits. I suggest you check out their social media sites to check it out. But I am sure there are a lot of photographers who take impressive portraits as well. You may rely on Instagram and Google to search for some awesome looking portraits and study them.
3.) Just play around. – The magic won’t spark if you don’t use your imagination. Go ahead. play with some cool photography techniques and play it around in your portraits. Fairy lights and cd discs are great tools to level up your skills in photography.
4.) Learn post-processing – For starters, you can use Adobe Lightroom to do some final touches in your photos and even manipulate certain colors. I personally love complementing colors based on the model’s skin type and the color of her outfit. For an alternative app, you can always filter the photo with VSCO. It is the bomb! I love their presets and you can tweak it out on what vibe you are going for.
5.) Never take blurry portraits. – Blurry portraits are an eyesore for the viewer. It is just not advisable for portraits since it distracts the attention of the viewer. Make sure your subject’s on focus first before capturing.
And here are some few tips on how to level up your portraits. I hope that these tips are helpful for those who are studying portrait photography. Keep in mind that it takes time to establish yourself as a photographer but endless practicing, learning, and experimenting, for sure you can have the #portraitgoals you’ve always dreamed of. Don’t assume that you are already mastered portraits once you took a great shot, Just keep on learning photography in hopes that you will be recognized for your work. Thank you for reading. 😀
– – Jermaine Makimkim,