My number one tip? NEVER shoot in harsh light. I know it seems like a bad idea, but I primarily shoot in the shade. This not only removes harsh highlights, but is also dissipates the nuisances that are shadows. Shadows can be your best friend, but often in portrait photography they are your worst enemy! They create angles where there aren’t any and can be quite unflattering. Try and aim for either early morning or nearing on sunset. These are the best times to get really calm lighting; sunset, however, can also provide beautifully dramatic shots if you properly utilize what the sun already provides!
For portraits, prime lenses are the best idea. Zoom lenses can distort features and it also takes away from the quality as well as the bokeh of the photograph (bokeh meaning those things generally in the background of the shot that are out of focus). I, personally, cannot get enough bokeh in my portraits. When I first started with a dslr, I used a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens (I am a canon girl.) It has the option of using autofocus, which is great when you’re feeling a tad lazy or are just starting out with photography and would like to have a guide. The bokeh is fantastic, the picture quality is great, and best of all- it’s one of, if not THE, cheapest lens of its quality and design. I highly recommend it to any portrait photographer! Below are a couple of sample images that I took with that lens.
I hope I helped. :)
Thank you so much! I’m all fuzzy inside because you guys enjoyed my submission! :D I’ve worked really hard to develop the style that I have today. I primarily utilize bright tones and strong colors; the rest is all developed in concept and from model to model. Also, Studio Killers. <3 Enough said.