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    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. 7: Harsh shadows

    Using flash: remove harsh shadows - before image

    An example of harsh shadows

    In some cases strong shadows may make image, but in many situations you want to try and soften the light and reduce the impact of shadows.

    If you’re shooting in strong sunlight you might want to find a more shady position for your subject.

    Alternatively, you could use a diffuser held above your subject, to soften the light.

    A burst of flash, preferably from an off-camera flashgun, can also work wonders, filling in shadows and giving the image boost. And putting a little sparkle in the eyes.

    The rapid falloff of flash also means that it is easy to darken the background a little if you want, putting greater emphasis on your subject.

    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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    Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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