How to photograph anything: best camera settings for perfect portrait photography

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 03/06/2013 00:01am
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    In the second part of our Shoot Like A Pro series on how to photograph any subject you want we take a closer look at the best camera settings for portrait photography. Our guide takes you through blurring backgrounds, setting up your camera for moving subjects, indoors vs outdoor portraits, and more.

    How to photograph anything: best camera settings for perfect portrait photography

    Best camera settings for outdoor portrait photography

    Blurring the background is the key to classic portrait shots, to direct attention to the main subject. Using a standard zoom lens, set the focal length to between 50 and 100mm. Set your camera to Aperture Priority and select the largest aperture available on your lens, such as f/4 or f/5.6.

    While the aperture and the depth of field are important, you also need to watch the shutter speed. Make sure you’re using a shutter speed of at least 1/125sec to freeze any camera shake or subject movement. You also need to set the Autofocus mode to single or one shot, and select the focus point so that it’s over the eye of the subject.

    How to set up your camera for outdoor portraits

    How to set up your camera for outdoor portraits

    Exposure mode   Aperture Priority (A or Av)
    To take control over the depth of field, select Aperture Priority. Use the input dial to select the largest aperture available on your lens.

    Autofocus point  Single point
    Set to single point autofocus, then select the AF point closest to the subject’s eye. Half-press the shutter release to focus on the eye.

    Shutter speed   Set by camera

    Aperture   f/4

    ISO   100

    Lens   50 to 100mm

    Focus mode   Single or one shot

    Drive mode   Single shot

    White balance   The preset to suit the light source

    PAGE 1: Best camera settings for outdoor portrait photography
    PAGE 2: Best camera settings for indoor portrait photography
    PAGE 3: Best camera settings for portraits of moving subjects

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    Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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