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. 9: Too much detail

    While you want your subject’s eyes to be sharp, you don’t want to emphasise any flaws in their skin, for example.

    If you shoot only JPEG images look for a Natural or Neutral colour setting and use that rather than Standard or Vibrant, which may saturate colours, especially red and draw attention to pimples etc.

    Better still, shoot raw files  and process them carefully paying attention to the skin tone and keeping saturation down (but not so they look ill.

    You may also want spend a little bit of time sympathetically retouching the portrait to deal with any blemishes or pimples.

    Be sparing with the level of sharpening that you apply to the image (in-camera or post-capture) and if possible sharpen selectively when processing the image, targeting the eyes and hair while leaving the skin unsharpened.

    Conversely, don’t get carried away with the retouching so the skin looks plastic on the subject barely recognises themself.

    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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