Portrait Photography Guide for Beginner

In this guide I will break down most of the portrait camera settings and techniques any newbie photographer should know. If you are using Sony a6000 mirrorless camera this video very much helpful with the settings but any camera brand has most of common settings.

As a beginner photographer you must learn basic exposure balancing method by adjusting aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This is an effective camera lessons to level up your portrait photography skills . As a beginner photographer you must practice camera and just start from somewhere no need to find beautiful models or anyone else you can always start taking your own photos or you can use a pet or doll just like in this video.

Ok lets go! for the tutorial I am using, *Sony a6000 camera *Sigma 30mm F/1.4 lens

If you have kit lens that’s almost enough for this tutorial. For the Basic camera settings we need to focus on Image size and Picture quality. I choose 24M which is the highest quality Sony a6000 camera can produce with its crop 24 mega pixel sensor, and for the Image quality I choose RAW & JPEG format. you need at least 32gb memory card these days to work with high mega pixel images. RAW files give us full control in editing phase in post processing. JPEG files are good when posting social media like Facebook, Instagram.

Even you doesn’t like portrait photography or if isn’t not your style, I should say as a beginner photographer you should have basic knowledge of taking a good portrait photo. What is the purpose of having such expensive camera if you can not take a better photo of your family member? therefor by learning these small tips will help you some how.

Dynamics are the camera settings you have to change most of the time not depend on what genre of photographer you are.

  • Drive mode basically depend on your subject movement if your subject stay still then its easy to shoot on single shooting method, if subject has movements then you need to shoot on continues shooting.
  • Just like Drive mode, Focus mode also depend on your subject movement you have to choose Single AF or Continues AF.
  • Focus Area also depend on the subject behaviour if the person you shoot not in a single frame, if he walks or move around the frame then its better use Wide Focus area. If your subject under your control then you can choose Center.

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