How to make your portraits stand out
Want to make sure that your friends and family shine in portraits every time? Use the portrait enhancer mode on the FUJIFILM X-T100 or take advantage of its Face Recognition technology, and don’t forget to try these tips too…
Focus on the eyes
Viewers of an image are naturally drawn to the part of it that seems the sharpest and, as such, photographers often use their focus area to draw attention to specific things in a scene. When looking at an image of a person your eyes will instinctively try to connect with the subject’s eyes first. This means that in a traditional portrait the eyes of your subject should be the sharpest part of an image in order for it to have the greatest impact, as focusing elsewhere could confuse the viewer. If the subject is standing at an angle, it’s the closest eye that should be the one that you focus on.
Look for clutter-free backgrounds
If a lot is going on in the scene behind the subject, a viewer can get distracted from an image’s main focus and its impact is weakened. You can try to position subjects in front of clutter-free backgrounds such as walls, curtains and fences to avoid this. If you do want to show more of an environment, try to avoid having people in the shot who aren’t your subjects, such as passers-by.
Select a wide aperture
If you’d like to produce a more in-situ style portrait, but don’t want background distractions to be clear, wide lens apertures, indicated by an F followed by a number, such as F2.8 and F4 can help. These apertures produce shallow depths-of-field, which create softly blurred areas around your subject, helping to remove any distracting elements from backgrounds, while making your subject really stand out.
Make the most of contrast
Contrast in colour and lighting can help your subject stand out from their surroundings. In strong sunlight, look for areas of bright illumination surrounded by areas of shadow; place your subject within the light area and they’ll pop out of the frame. You could also consider dressing your subjects in a way which contrasts with their background; get them to wear vivid colours in front of a dark backdrop, or vice versa.
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