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#KreativeKlinik : Portrait Photography 101 with Daniel Moxie

Portrait photography is about much more than a snapshot of somebody's face; it's about capturing the essence of a person's identity and attitude, which means a portrait photographer has a really big job to do.

Learning how to work with clients and use a camera to find the perfect exposure involves hard work and the use of a few simple tips. In this klinik, Daniel Ssemwogerere aka Daniel Moxie takes us over an in-depth definition of portrait photography and explores some tips and techniques to help you master portrait photography.


Pick The Perfect Background For Your Subject: In portrait photography, the background is just as important as the subject. A busy or distracting background will take attention away from the person in your photo.

Prepare Your Portrait Subject For The Shoot: Even the best, most expensive camera equipment will produce poor results if your subject isn’t ready, comfortable, relaxed and feeling their best.

Ensure Your Subject Is Well Lit: Generally speaking, natural daylight is the most attractive light source for portrait photography – especially if you don’t have dedicated studio lighting.

Use A Flattering Focal Length: Focal length has a major impact on your images because it introduces a predictable amount of image distortion which can make or break your portrait photography.

Blur The Background Using Aperture Priority Mode: A sure-fire way to raise your portrait photography game is to shoot with a shallow depth of field.

Basic Editing

Crop the image to enhance your composition: Sometimes, a simple crop can make all the difference. Out of all the photo editing tricks at your disposal, basic cropping is the easiest one that can effectively do wonders for your photo’s composition.

Correct the exposure: Despite your best efforts, there will be times when you still won’t be able to achieve the correct exposure for your image. Luckily, if you know how to edit pictures, this can easily be fixed.

Make color adjustments if needed: If you’ve properly adjusted the white balance on your camera, you shouldn’t have to do any color corrections on the resulting photos.

Remove unwanted spots (sensor dust, blemishes, and more): If your sensor is dirty, dust particles will show up in your photos, resulting in small spots that will consistently appear in the same area on every single picture you take. To avoid this problem, make sure to clean your sensor first.

Apply sharpening or blurring filters: Even if your image is in perfect focus, it may still benefit from a bit of sharpening for greater emphasis on the details or to reduce any softening.

#KreativeKliniks is a skill share series to help creatives learn more on specific subjects returned on Thursday 27th August with a conversation on the importance of Teams and Collaborations when it comes to effective Animation.

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