Portrait photography is hard. There’s a lot to think about including:
- Getting the lighting right
- What lens to use
- Working with a model or subject
- Post-processing (how much is enough or too much)
- And so on . . .
So here are three videos with some tips to help you avoid some of the most commonly made mistakes in portrait photography.
5 Portrait Photography Don’ts
In this video, photographer Manny Ortiz shows you five things NOT to do when shooting portraits.
- Don’t go to your favorite or best location first during a shoot.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment and take bad photos.
- Don’t hide behind your camera.
- Don’t over pose your subject, give them directions.
- Don’t shoot too conservatively.
7 Common Studio Portrait Lighting Mistakes
Watch as photographer Antti Karppinen walks you through seven of the most common studio portrait lighting mistakes beginners make so you can avoid them. Where you position your main and fill lights, as well as how strong they are can make or break your portrait.
3 More Common Portrait Mistakes
Finally, in this video tip from Adorama TV, Miguel Quiles gives us three more common portrait mistakes.
- Not communicating with your model or subject.
- Not having the eyes in sharp focus.
- Not making sure the subject’s eyes are facing in the right direction.
Over to you. Have you got any other portrait photography mistakes you’d add to the ones mentioned here? Please add your comments below.