- Shooting Portraits
Steve Huddy from Canon Collective is passionate about portraits and travel, and shares some of his secrets to capturing great portrait images outdoors and on the road.
Portrait photography is about capturing a look, a smile, and an emotion. Great portrait photos use a combination of depth of field, sharpness, and also nice lighting.
One of the key ingredients to achieving a great portrait photo is getting your lighting right. And outdoors, there are three different types of lighting conditions: dappled light, backlit situations and overcast, which is the most ideal condition for portrait photography. If you find there is dappled light causing dark shadows, you can pop your flash to balance the image.
Depth-of-field is how much of the background or foreground is in or out of focus. After capturing some shots with your standard 18-55mm lens, try something like Canon's new EF 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens for an incredibly shallow depth-of-field to really bring your subject out from the background.
In shady or overcast conditions, its important to change your auto white balance from 'AWB' to 'Shade'. This actually gives you a nice warm tone through the image, and especially warm skin tones.