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

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 03/06/2013 00:01am
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    Best camera settings for indoor portrait photography

    Best camera settings for indoor portrait photography

    There will probably be much lower light levels indoors, so make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to get sharp shots. If you find the shutter speed drops below 1/60sec at the aperture you’re using, increase the ISO to compensate.

    A lens such as the 50mm f/1.8 is the ideal option for indoor portraits, as the wide maximum aperture allows you to use a lower ISO setting, but unless it’s a very bright room you will still need to use ISO 400.

    Using these extremely wide apertures will also produce shallow depth of field, so you need to make sure that you have focused accurately.

    How to set up your camera for indoor portraits

    Get great portrait results in low light with these settings

    ISO   400 or higher
    To use shutter speeds fast enough to avoid camera shake in low light, set the ISO to 400 and ensure the shutter speed is 1/60sec or faster.

    Aperture   f/2
    With the camera in Aperture Priority mode, use the input dial to select a wide aperture. Using a prime lens such as a 50mm f/1.8, try selecting f/2.

    Exposure mode   Aperture Priority (A or Av)

    Lens   50mm

    Shutter speed   Set by camera

    Focus mode   Single or one shot

    Drive mode   Single shot

    White balance   Auto


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

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