10 portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 20/06/2013 00:01am
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    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 3: Too much depth of field

    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 3: Too much depth of field

    As alluded to previously, selecting a small aperture to create extensive depth of field isn’t always a good idea with a portrait.

    If the background is busy or cluttered it may distract from your subject. Choosing a wider aperture, for example if/5.6 will often produce better results.

    Even if the background isn’t heavily blurred, restricting the depth of field a little separates your subject from the surroundings giving them greater dominance in the shot.

    If you find that the background isn’t as blurred as you would like, ask your subject to step forward, increasing the distance between them and it.

    You could also switch to a longer focal length lens as this will result in less depth of field at the same aperture, although you will have to move further away from your subject to maintain the same composition.

    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 1: Shooting wide
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 2: Eyes not sharp
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 3: Too much depth of field
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 4: Unusual headwear
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 5: Depth of field to shallow
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 6: Shooting from the wrong height
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 7: Harsh shadows
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 8: Redeye
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 9: Too much detail
    Portrait Photography Mistake No. 10: Too far away

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