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Use Portrait mode on your iPhone

Learn how to use Portrait mode to create extraordinary images.

Portrait mode uses the cameras in compatible iPhone models to create a depth-of-field effect. This lets you compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background. You can also add lighting effects to your image and take a selfie in Portrait mode.

Before you get started, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.

You can use Portrait mode on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus. Taking a selfie in Portrait mode requires iPhone X or later. Learn how to identify your iPhone.

How to take photos in Portrait mode

  1. Open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode.
  2. Follow the tips on your screen. When Portrait mode is ready, the lighting effect, like Natural Light, turns yellow.
  3. Tap the shutter button .

The Camera app lets you know when you’re too close, too far away, or if the area is too dark. You can also use True Tone flash, set a timer, and apply filters. After you take a photo, you can use the built-in editing features to do things like crop and auto-enhance.

If you have iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, Portrait mode opens to the Telephoto camera. Tap the 2x button if you want to zoom out and use the Wide camera.

When you use the rear camera on iPhone XR, a person’s face must be detected in the viewfinder to take a Portrait mode photo.

Add Portrait Lighting

On iPhone X and later, and iPhone 8 Plus, you can use the Portrait Lighting feature to apply studio-quality lighting effects to your Portrait mode images. Choose from Studio Light to brighten facial features, Contour Light for more dramatic directional lighting, Stage Light to isolate your subject in the spotlight, Stage Mono for stage light in a classic black and white, or High-Key Light Mono for a grayscale subject on a white background.

You can take a Portrait mode photo with a real-time preview of the lighting effect on your screen. With your Camera app in Portrait mode, swipe between the different lighting effects that appear in the bottom part of the viewfinder. The Portrait mode photo that you take has the lighting effect applied.

You can also change the Portrait Lighting effect of any Portrait mode photo that you’ve already taken:

  1. Open the Photos app, then select the Portrait mode photo that you want to change.
  2. Tap Edit. Lighting effects appear in the bottom part of the photo.
  3. Swipe the lighting effects to choose the one you want.
  4. Tap Done.

High-Key Light Mono is available using the front-facing TrueDepth camera and the rear-facing camera system on iPhone XS and later. It’s available using the TrueDepth camera on iPhone XR.

Take a selfie in Portrait mode

With an iPhone X and later, you can take selfies in Portrait mode. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Swipe to Portrait mode and tap the front-facing camera button .
  3. Hold your iPhone in front of your face.
  4. Snap your selfie with one of the volume buttons.

You can also use Portrait Lighting effects on photos that you take in selfie mode.

On iPhone XR, the rear-facing camera system supports only Natural Light, Studio Light, and Contour Light.

Adjust Depth Control and Portrait Lighting

After you take a photo in Portrait mode, you can adjust the level of background blur and the intensity of Portrait Lighting effects:

  1. Tap a Portrait mode photo in your library.
  2. Tap Edit, then tap the Depth Control button at the top of the screen to adjust Depth Control or Portrait Lighting button to adjust Portrait Lighting. A slider appears below the photo.
  3. Drag the slider left or right to adjust the effect. A gray dot above the slider marks the original value for the photo.
  4. Tap Done.

How to remove the Portrait mode effect

  1. Select the photo that you want to change.
  2. Tap Edit.
  3. Tap Portrait at the top of your screen.

If you change your mind and want to re-add the Portrait mode effect, go back to Edit and tap Portrait again.

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Use camera modes on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Learn how to use Portrait, pano, slo-mo, and other camera modes on your device.

Find the perfect mode for your moment

The camera modes built into your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch help you take the ideal photo or video. Swipe left or right on the camera screen to switch to a different mode. You can choose from photo, video, time-lapse, slo-mo, square, Portrait, and pano modes.

Before you start, make sure that you have the latest version of iOS.

Photo is the standard mode that you’ll see when you open the Camera app. You use this to take still photos and Live Photos, which come alive when you touch them.

Your camera automatically focuses the image and adjusts the exposure based on what you’re pointing it towards. That way, you always start with a brightly lit photo.

You can change the camera focus and exposure to a specific area. Before you take the photo, tap the place on the screen that you want to adjust. If you want to keep the focus and exposure in the same spot, press and hold on the screen until you see AE/AF Lock.

With iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, you can use QuickTake to record videos easily in photo mode. With other iPhone models, you can press and hold the shutter button to take a quick burst of photos. Just let go of the shutter button to stop.

Portrait mode creates a depth-of-field effect. This effect lets you compose a photo that keeps your subject sharp while blurring the background. You can use Portrait mode with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 Plus. If you have iPhone X or later, you can also take a selfie in Portrait mode. Learn how to identify your iPhone.

To use Portrait mode, open the Camera app and swipe to Portrait mode. Move farther away from your subject if the app suggests it. When the Depth Effect box turns yellow, take the picture.

With iPhone X and later, and iPhone 8 Plus, you can make your Portrait mode images even more captivating with studio-quality lighting effects. After you take your photo, tap Edit and choose from Studio Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, or Stage Light Mono. And with iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max and later, you can create a beautiful, classic look with High-Key Light Mono.

On iPhone XR, the Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and High-Key Light Mono effects aren’t available with the rear-facing camera.

Square mode limits the frame of your camera screen to a square—the optimal photo size for many social media apps. So when you take a photo, you can quickly share it on your favorite social platforms.

On iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, tap the arrow to see more options, including square mode.

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The Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography


In this article and video, you will discover the best camera settings for portrait photography for taking photos in natural light and for flash photography. Whether you are brand new to portrait photography or a seasoned pro, you will benefit from these helpful photo tips.

If you prefer watching videos to reading, I have also included a video that will walk you through these photo tips for taking photographs in both natural light and for using fill flash.

Taking photos in natural light is the most common so we will start with those camera settings first.

#1 Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography

I suggest you set your camera to manual mode to give yourself more creative control of your exposure. Sure, it will take a little extra time to capture your images but you are a much better judge of how you want the final image to look than your camera.

First choose your ISO, which is usually the lowest setting in natural light, ISO 100 on most cameras. Some Nikon cameras have a lower ISO and allow you to you choose a native ISO of 64. Set your ISO as low as possible to avoid extra noise and that grainy look you will get if you use higher ISO settings.

Step two, decide which aperture you would like to use. For an out of focus background use an aperture like f/1.4. If you would like more of the background in focus or a sharper image, in most cases using an aperture that is two to three stops higher than the minimum aperture will be the sharpest point of the lens.

For example, an f/2.8 lens will be at its sharpest point at around f/5.6 to f/8. If you are a little confused by that, feel free to post your questions in the comment box below this article.

Shutter Speed

Once you have set your ISO and decided on your aperture your next step is to refer to your in-camera meter and adjust your shutter speed until you get a center reading. Then take a test shot and have a look at your camera’s LCD screen and histogram.

Make sure your histogram is as far to the right as possible without blowing out the highlights in your image. Refer to the video above for some examples of how the histogram should look on your LCD screen.

A general rule is to set your shutter speed two times the focal length of your lens. For example, if you were using a 100mm prime lens then you would set a minimum shutter speed of 1/200th to avoid camera shake and image blur.

There are exceptions to this rule. If you are using a tripod or you have in-camera stabilization, like some mirrorless cameras have, or you are using a lens that has built-in image stabilization, then you can photograph at lower shutter speeds.

Step #2 Best Camera Settings for Portrait Photography Using Flash

When it comes to using flash photography there are a couple of different strobes that are in common use today. There are smaller speedlights that fit on your camera’s hotshoe mount and there are larger studio strobes.

There are also strobe units that function differently. Some strobe systems do not allow you to shoot at a shutter speed faster than 1/200th (the camera’s sync speed). Other strobe setups will allow you to use something called (high-speed sync mode) to shoot with flash up to a shutter speed of 1/8000th.

If a majority of your portrait photography is going to take place outdoors, then I would consider a strobe like the Godox AD600 Pro which is what I used to take a majority of the images in this article. The Godox AD600 Pro allows you to use high-speed sync and flash at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000th.

If your current strobe does not allow you to take photos at above 1/200th, you can use a filter like a B+W 3-stop ND filter which will allow you to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/200th but also at an aperture 3-stops larger than you could without it.

For example, with a 3-stop ND filter, you can shoot at f/2.8 instead of f/8 for the same exposure.

Another important thing to keep in mind if you are shooting outdoors is that you will achieve better results if you shoot closer to sunrise or sunset when the sun is less harsh.

The image above was taken one hour before sunset in the shade and provides a nice even light on the subject’s face. If you would like softer light, then avoid shooting in the middle of the day or move to the shade if you do not have the luxury of shooting just before sunset.

Step #3 Practice These Tips and Explore Your Creativity

One last tip I have for you is to set your camera’s LCD screen brightness level to 4 or 5 and to leave it there. Make sure your LCD screen brightness is not set to auto. That is because it will be difficult for you to gauge your exposure level if your LCD screen brightness is constantly changing.

Check your camera’s settings and set your LCD screen brightness level manually and keep it at the same setting for future photo outings.


If you are new to shooting in manual mode it may seem a little difficult at first. But with a little practice, you will be shooting like a pro.

If you have any questions about the best camera settings for portrait photography that were covered in this article, feel free to ask in the comment box below this article. I look forward to hearing from you.

The Portrait and Wedding Photographers Tool Kit // Part 2 : Camera Selection

Last Updated on February 10, 2020

Here’s our complete guide and camera recommendations, based on what we (and other pro photographers we know) are using for weddings, portraits and family sessions.

Before we dive into the guide, check out the quick table below, summarizing our most recommended camera models.

For recommended lenses you have a dedicated guide here.

Most Recommended Cameras For Professional Wedding Photography and Portraits





Full Frame DSLR -Top pro camera for weddings and portraits Canon 5D mark IV Check Prices Full Frame DSLR -Pro camera (our runner up) Nikon D850 Check Prices Budget DSLR camera Canon EOS Rebel T6 Check Prices Pro budget DSLR camera Canon 80D Check Prices Pro budget DSLR camera Nikon D7200 Check Prices

The first thing that I want to mention is that if you currently own an SLR camera DO NOT immediately go and sell your camera in order to purchase one of the cameras here. Just because I perhaps don’t mention your camera in this article doesn’t mean it isn’t suitable for portrait or wedding photography. You may just want to keep this article in mind for future purchase, or upgrades.

Second I’m going to try to make this article as future-proof as possible, a difficult task considering the constantly changing camera market, but hopefully you’ll get a better idea of what to look for as cameras change.

Canon vs. Nikon

Let’s just open up that can of worms right away.

I think the more realistic battle would be Canon & Nikon vs. Everyone Else.

It so happens that all of our small team here at Photography Concentrate are shooting Canon, but I honestly don’t have that strong a preference for one or the other.

But really, both make great cameras. Some years one manufacturer is on top in terms of features, and the next year things change. Prices are generally close. It’s not a big deal.

So, if you’re looking for a DSLR you’ll likely end up going with either Canon or Nikon.

Of course other manufacturers exist (Sony, Pentax, Olympus) but they currently occupy such a small market share comparatively that if you’re looking to make long term investments (like lenses) then the wisest decision is going with a manufacturer who dominates the market (at least in my opinion).

The camera bodies you choose will be outdated within a few years, but the lenses you choose will last a lot longer.

Consider them investments, and pick a company that is stable, and will still support those lenses in a decade.

What and Why?

For wedding and portrait photography a camera that works beautifully is the Canon 5D mk IV.

I would say that right now it’s sitting on top of the market for wedding and portrait photography mainly for it’s resolution (30mp) as well as it’s ability to capture 4K video.

Awesome Things About This Camera:

  1. Hi-res files – There is plenty of room to crop images as you please!
  2. High ISO – High ISO files look amazing (especially when shot in RAW and processed using Lightroom 6). This really expands low light shooting possibilities.
  3. Full Frame sensor – When we started shooting full frame with the original 5D we saw a huge leap in the quality of our photography. Images just looked crisper, the depth of field was shallower, and the shooting experience (looking through the larger viewfinder) was much better. Check out this article for a look at different sensor sizes and how it affects the image
  4. Video – Dual Pixel AF make autofocus while shooting video incredible smooth, fast, and accurate
  5. Photo Autofocus is fast!
  6. Size – Lauren loves using a camera without an attached battery grip. It makes the camera lighter, less imposing, and less noticeable.
  7. Build Quality – A super durable, reliable camera.

Not-So Awesome Things About This Camera:

  1. Price: This camera is a bit expensive for the feature set it offers.

If you’re looking for a relatively equivalent Nikon camera then you would be looking at the Nikon D750.

How low can you go?

You don’t need a Canon 5D mk IV to start making great photos! While I think it’s the best option for professional wedding and portrait photographers, if you’re just starting out you’ll probably want to ease into it. Gear is expensive!

Not to worry, there are a couple options to get you going:

Canon: Canon’s Rebel series are their entry level dSLRs. I’ll let you just follow that link, but rest assured that this is an insanely feature full camera for it’s price point.

If you’re looking for the next step up I would suggest the Canon 80D.

These cameras have similar features. I would say the biggest difference is the actual size of the camera. The 70D is a larger, more pro feeling camera. The 70D also features two dedicated adjustment wheels which makes it easier to control both aperture and shutter speed when shooting in manual.

Nikon: For Nikon the equivalent cameras would be the D5300 for an entry level and the D7100 for the more pro entry level.

How pro can you go?

When it comes to wedding and portrait photography you can go big. Really big.

However, it really isn’t necessary. Cameras like the 5DMKIV can handle all the challenges of a wedding and then some. You will definitely be reaching deep into your pockets to produce the money necessary for these work horse cameras.

There are, of course, advantages to the more expensive cameras.

What you’ll end up with is better build quality, faster frames per second, better autofocus, and a larger camera.

Those are all great things, but can be overkill for portraits and weddings. These cameras are more suited to landscape, sports, commercial and fashion photography.

Canon: The 1D X Mark II is Canon’s pro sports shooter solution (14 fps!).

Nikon: The D5 is Nikon’s pro sports camera, and the D810 is their flagship camera.

The four above cameras are in the $3000-$7500 range. Yikes! That’s a hefty price-tag, but if you can afford, by all means. You’ll enjoy it 🙂

Can Film cameras be used for wedding and portrait photography?

This post was limited to digital SLRs because I think they work out the best for weddings and portraits.

Digital provides a versatility that is advantageous for professional people photography.

But that doesn’t mean that your options are limited to just digital SLRs.

Now more than ever is the perfect time to experiment with film (35mm, medium format, and large format), micro 4/3s, camera phones, anything that can take a photo!

While digital will always be necessary, finding a mixture will help you stay creative and have fun!

Important Tip #1: Rent Before You Buy

It’s a great idea to test out new lenses and cameras before you buy them:

  • Borrowlenses.com – Rent lenses in the States
  • Cameralensrentals.com – Rent lenses in the States
  • Lensrentals.com – Rent Lenses in the States

Important Tip #2: Find Lightly Used Second Hand Gear

Buying a heavily used pro gear isn’t that great idea, but if you manage to find lightly used or refurbished cameras, in a reputable online store such as B&H, it’s the best value in our opinion.

Along with a warranty, return policy and the convenience of ordering online, there’s no reason to risk buying from classifieds or less solid sources, especially with the price tags that go with pro equipment!

Here’s a screenshot of the rating system used by B&H to determine the apparent condition of the item:

If you missed the first post in this series you can find it here: The Portrait and Wedding Photographers Tool Kit // Part 1 : Lens Selection

About Rob Lim

Hi there, I’m Rob! I’m a photography ninja here at Photography Concentrate. I love all things photography: shooting, teaching and always learning more! If I’m not reading up on the latest photography news, or studying a technique, I’m probably reading a book or planning our next adventure!

We’re The Photography Concentrate Team: Daniel, Jill, Kaitlyn and Kristal. Think of us as your photo friends – we’re here to help you take great photos, and have a ton of fun together while we’re at it!

Portrait camera

Here we have listed the Top 10 Nikon Cameras for Portrait Photography. Nikon Z7 is at the top of our list, followed by Nikon Z6 and Nikon D850.

#1 Nikon Z7

46 MP | Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
Nikon Z Mount

Rank in All Cameras: #6
Rank in Mirrorless Cameras: #2

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PROs : Built-in Wi-Fi | Image Stabilization | Articulating Screen | 3840 x 2160 Video | Touch Screen | Environmental Sealing | Timelapse Recording | Electronic Built-in Viewfinder | Face Detection | 46.0MP Sensor |
CONs : Heavy Body: 675g | Low Battery Life: 330 shots |

#2 Nikon Z6

25 MP | Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
Nikon Z Mount

Rank in All Cameras: #10
Rank in Mirrorless Cameras: #7

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PROs : Built-in Wi-Fi | Image Stabilization | Articulating Screen | 3840 x 2160 Video | Touch Screen | Environmental Sealing | Timelapse Recording | Electronic Built-in Viewfinder | Face Detection | 25.0MP Sensor |
CONs : Heavy Body: 675g | Low Battery Life: 330 shots |

#3 Nikon D850

46 MP | Full frame BSI-CMOS Sensor
Nikon F Mount

Rank in All Cameras: #9
Rank in DSLR Cameras: #1

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PROs : Built-in Wi-Fi | Articulating Screen | 3840 x 2160 Video | Touch Screen | Environmental Sealing | Timelapse Recording | Optical Built-in Viewfinder | Face Detection | 46.0MP Sensor | 25.600 Max ISO |
CONs : No Image Stabilization | Heavy Body: 1015g |

#4 Nikon D800

36 MP | Full frame CMOS Sensor
Nikon F Mount

Rank in All Cameras: #44
Rank in DSLR Cameras: #16

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PROs : 1920 x 1080 Video | Environmental Sealing | Timelapse Recording | Optical Built-in Viewfinder | Face Detection | 36.0MP Sensor | 51 Focus Points | Large 3.2″ Screen | 921kdots LCD | 1/8000s Shutter |
CONs : No Wireless Connection | No Image Stabilization | No Articulating Screen | No Touch Screen | Heavy Body: 900g |

#5 Nikon D800E

36 MP | Full frame CMOS Sensor
Nikon F Mount

Rank in All Cameras: #43
Rank in DSLR Cameras: #17

What is portrait mode and which phones have it?

There’s a good chance you use your smartphone to take pictures and capture video. There’s a relatively new feature a lot of smartphones have called portrait mode, and it can up your photography game big time if used properly. However, you might not know what portrait mode is or how it’s used. So what is portrait mode exactly? Good question.

Let’s examine portrait mode in an effort to separate the marketing jargon from the facts. We’ll also give you a list of current smartphones with portrait mode so you can make informed buying decisions.

Let’s get started!

What is portrait mode?

Portrait mode is a term used to describe the artificial bokeh (BOH-kay) effect produced by smartphones. Bokeh is a photography effect where the subject of a picture is kept in focus while the background falls out of focus. By using portrait mode to create a bokeh effect, you can take dynamic photographs which look more professional.

Years ago, if you wanted to take pro-quality photographs, you’d need a DSLR or analog camera. Nowadays, even mid-range smartphones can deliver exceptional results.

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However, one of the biggest historical limitations of smartphone photography had been the ability to simulate depth using bokeh. Without high focal lengths, large sensors, and control over focus, even high-end phones couldn’t create the blurred background effect.

Recently, though, advancements in computational photography — as well as the introduction of dual-lens smartphone cameras — have brought artificial bokeh to phones. Most smartphone manufacturers refer to this effect in marketing material as portrait mode. Additionally, the setting in most camera apps that creates bokeh is usually called “Portrait Mode” or simply “Portrait.”

Portrait mode examples

You know what they say: a picture is worth a thousand words. With that in mind, let’s check out some examples of photographs using portrait mode to create a bokeh effect. Below you’ll find a gallery of pictures captured with a variety of smartphones, all using the portrait mode setting.

As you scroll through the photos, pay attention to the backgrounds:

Portrait mode makes the subject of your photo really pop. Since the background is blurry, your eyes naturally gravitate towards the non-blurry section of the picture. It can be a powerful technique when used properly.

The best phones with dual front cameras (September 2019)

However, the images above are not “real.” The bokeh effect is not produced using just the smartphone’s lens (or lenses). Instead, the smartphone’s processor, software, and camera hardware work together to apply the bokeh effect to a non-bokeh image.

Because you’re relying on a computational algorithm to create portrait mode effects, results can vary. Check out the photo below where the phone’s portrait mode filter gets confused and can’t get the effect right:

For some reason, the algorithm determined the edge of Lanh’s glasses was part of the background and thus blurred it out. If you were using a DSLR to take this photo and produced the bokeh effect using the lens itself rather than software, this problem wouldn’t happen.

However, when you’re using a smartphone to create a bokeh image, you don’t have to lug around a large DSLR, which is certainly advantageous. With that in mind, don’t let a few faulty images deter you. The algorithms responsible for portrait mode are only getting better, so problems will become less and less of an issue going forward.

Which phones support portrait mode?

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of portrait mode and how bokeh effects can make your photos better. However, how do you know if your smartphone supports the feature?

In general, most phones with at least two lenses paired together can produce portrait mode pictures. Some phones can produce the bokeh effect with just one rear lens (the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 3 being the most notable examples), and some dual-lens phones can’t do portrait mode (like the LG V30). However, if a new phone has two lenses on the back, it’s a safe bet it does portrait mode shooting.

Photography terms explained: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and more

Some smartphones are now shipping with two lenses on the front, too. This allows for portrait mode pics in selfie mode. However, there are phones with a single selfie lens that can also do portrait mode.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of recent smartphones that have portrait mode abilities with the rear camera at least. This list is not completely comprehensive in that there are likely other phones out there with portrait mode not included here, but we did include all the most popular releases.

There are also numerous ways to “hack” your phone to get portrait mode when it is not offered by the original OEM. However, we are not going to cover that here.

Taking Portraits Using Your Digital SLR

Digital SLR Settings and Shortcuts For Dummies

With your digital SLR, you can provide your family and friends with treasured portraits of themselves and their loved ones. You can take formal portraits for a passport or professional uses as well as a variety of casual and artistic portraits.

When taking portraits, you’ll want to to create a rapport with the subject to put him at ease, get him to strike a pleasing pose, and compose the image creatively.

A photo looking up at a person imbues them with authority; a shot from above diminishes their power.

Camera settings for portraits

Shoot a portrait in Aperture Priority mode and use a large aperture (a small f/stop number) so that your subject is the star of the show and isn’t overwhelmed by the background. An 85mm focal length gives you a portrait photo that has a pleasing, undistorted rendition of the person you’re photographing. If you’re doing head-and-shoulders only, your range should be 80mm to 100mm. You want a narrow range that won’t distort your subject’s features.

Never use a focal length that’s the 35mm equivalent of less than 50mm to take a portrait. The very close distance would make the feature closest to the camera — the person’s nose — look larger than it actually is.

An ISO setting of 100 gives you a noise-free image and, in good lighting conditions, a shutter speed of about 1/125 of a second. If your camera or lens has image stabilization, enable it; otherwise, your slightest movement produces a blurry photo. Don’t forget that you can use a tripod as well.

Position the auto-focus point over the eye closest to the camera. If the eyes are in focus, the entire picture appears to be in focus.

Portraits and lighting issues

Getting the lighting right so that people look natural in portraits can be challenging. You want a soft, diffuse light such as light through a window or outdoors on an overcast day. Overhead lights are fine, but incidental lights can cast shadows and create uneven lighting effects. Ideally, you want multiple light sources, such as several flash units including a diffused flash.

To prevent a portrait with shadowed eyes, use a white sheet or T-shirt to bounce light into your subject’s face.

Types of portraits

Different types of portraits require essentially the same camera settings, but slightly different approaches and techniques:

Formal portrait: Find a solid-colored background. You can use a wall, just make sure your subject is a few feet in front of it so that the portrait doesn’t look like a mug shot.

After you take the picture, review it to make sure that the image is properly exposed and your subject looks relaxed. You’ll probably have to take several pictures before the subject relaxes and you get some good images.

Candid portrait: The key to getting great candid portraits is to always carry your camera so that folks get used to seeing it around your neck and let their guard down around you and go about their business.

Outdoor portrait: Schedule your photo shoot for early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the sun provides a golden color and casts soft shadows. Overcast conditions are perfect. Make sure that the background doesn’t compete with your subject — no brilliant flowers or distracting power lines.

Self-portrait: A chair or other prop can be a valuable stand-in, helping your position the tripod or other stable surface you’ll put the camera on and helping get the focus, which you have to do manually, right. Delay the shutter opening to give yourself time to get in the picture, and arrange yourself for the shot.

Portrait of a mature person: An aperture range between f/3.5 and f/7.1 gives you the option to create a soft, dreamy focus or to highlight every detail. If you’re going for a softer look and want to eliminate some lines and wrinkles, invest in a soft-focus filter.

To minimize the appearance of sagging neck skin, ask your subject to raise his chin.

Best Canon Camera for Portraits

Is a Canon the best camera for portrait photography? What’s the best Canon camera for beginner portrait photographers? Check out my list of the 10 best Canon cameras for portraits if you are a wedding or lifestyle photographer. How do you choose a good Camera camera body and what lens do you buy? – all answers are below.

Why Do Canon Portrait Cameras Have So Many Fans Today?

The 1st reason is their perfect color rendering. Of course, if you use professional photo editing software such as Lightroom or Capture One to do color correction on your portraits, you will get excellent colors by shooting with any camera. I think that only Fujifilm can compete with Canon in this aspect.

The 2nd reason is its popularity. Today, Canon full frame portrait cameras are the best-selling equipment for modern photographers. This means that if you want to choose a new lens or flash, many of your friends, who are interested in portrait photography will already have accessories or the Canon portrait camera that you want. You will be able to learn their opinion or even test the device.

The 3rd reason is a wide variety of models. Sony and Fujifilm almost don’t have DSLRs, Olympus and Panasonic have only micro 4/3 matrices, while Canon produces all types of cameras for portraits. They are able to meet the demands of many photographers by selling devices in many formats: point and shoot, mirrorless, DSLR, with different designs, matrices and prices.

The 4th reason is a wide range of optics. Every experienced photographer knows that a nice lens is much more important than a good camera. Canon has succeeded in this. The legendary L is a series of lenses are hugely popular in spite of the high price because they provide an amazing picture. At the same time, you can successfully use even budget lenses for no more than $150 with a professional Canon full frame portrait camera.

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