7 ways to capture the best people pictures
Capture your best people pictures yet with the intuitive FUJIFILM X-T100 and try out these creative tips.
1. Put your subject at ease
If you want portraits to look natural and not awkward, it helps if your subject is comfortable in your presence. If you’re taking pictures of friends and family this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you’re working with a model talk to them before shooting and, as you work, regularly show your creations to them. Remember, these photos are a collaboration between you as the photographer and the model, for the best results you’ll need to work together.
2. Make use of depth
For a more creative portrait, position your subject so that they are placed behind something, but not entirely hidden, like a bunch of flowers in a bush. You can then use a wide aperture such as F2.8 or F4 to make both the background and foreground softly blur around your subject. Remember to set autofocus on your subject, this will give your image far more depth than a portrait that’s in a scene where everything appears equally sharp.
3. Place subjects within interesting environments
By photographing your subject within an interesting environment you can reveal more of their character. Consider locations such as places they enjoy visiting or somewhere that reflects their sense of style or hobbies.
4. Experiment with light and shadow
Harsh, bright lighting may be fine for a passport picture, but it’s neither the most flattering nor the most creative use of light and shadow. The lighting you use for your images has the power to dramatically alter both the look of your subject and the feel of an image. For softer lighting that’s more forgiving of skin blemishes, try to diffuse strong light sources, like the sun or flash, by using either material scrims or softboxes.
5. Consider your composition
What is the kind of image that you’re hoping to take? For profile pictures and traditional portraits you may want to fill the frame with the subject’s face, while for fashion portraits and in-situ family images a much wider framing that includes some of the subject's environment may work better.
6. Use the right focal length
An ultra wide-angle lens such as the XF10-24mmF4 R OIS (compatible with the X-T100 and Fujifilm’s X Series camera range) is fantastic for capturing sweeping landscapes or group portraits, but it’s not so well suited for frame-filling head and shoulder portraits. You will need to get really close to your subject to fill its wide angle of view which would result in unattractive stretching of the facial features. Most portrait photographers will opt for a lens between 50mm and 125mm for a perspective that produces natural looking results.
7. See eye to eye with your subject
While different shooting angles can lead to successful images, eye level is always a safe bet for a portrait with a strong sense of intimate connection between the viewer of the image and its model. This is particularly important if your height is substantially different to that of the subject, for instance if you are photographing children.
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