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Essential Portrait Photography Tips

Essential Portrait Photography Tips: 02 Best shutter speed settings

When setting your shutter speed, remember to factor in your lens’s focal length, otherwise camera-shake (and blurred results) will become an issue.

As a general rule, make sure your shutter speed is higher than your effective focal length.

For example, at 200mm use a 1/250 sec shutter speed or faster.

This also means you can get away with slower shutter speeds when using a wide-angle lens – such as 1/20 sec with an 18mm focal length.

Essential Portrait Photography Tips: 03 Get pro-look portraits with a reflector

A quick and affordable way to brighten up your portraits and to give them a professional look is to use a reflector.

Use them indoors (near windows) or outdoors to bounce light back on to your subjects to fill in unwanted shadows.

Many reflectors come double-sided or with detachable covers, so you get a choice of white, silver and gold reflective surfaces.

The white surfaces of reflectors can also double up as diffusers to soften strong direct sunshine.

If you’re really strapped for cash, you can make a reflector by simply using a large sheet of white cardboard – which you can also cover with tin foil for a silver effect – and it should still work a treat!

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