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Portrait photography

Portrait photography creates a vivid facial depiction. In other words, a portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person. In this the face and its expressions are predominant. A Portrait can serve many purposes. From a website to a photo frame it can be anywhere to everywhere.

Styles of Portraiture

There are many different techniques for portrait photography. Often it is desirable to capture the subject’s eyes and face in sharp focus while allowing other unwanted elements to be in soft focus. At other times, portraits of individual features might be the focus of a composition, such as the hands, eyes or part of the subject’s torso.


Three-point lighting is one of the most common lighting setups. 

This lighting setup is the most common in indoor studios. But photographers use it on-location in combination with ambient or existing light. This setup uses three lights, the key light, fill light, and backlight, to fully bring out the details and the three-dimensionality of the subject’s features.

Several other lighting setups, are also used. Like the butterfly lighting, 

hi key and low key are few of them.

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Portrait photography Lenses

Lenses used in portrait photography are classically fast, medium telephoto lenses, though any lens may be used, depending on artistic purposes. I prefer a prime lens like 85mm or 50mm. These are fast and accurate. These are helpful since they can open a lot in lowlight outdoor situations.


Above all, the photographer shall choose to shoot their portrait photograph within a studio, or they can choose to find a location outside of a studio through location scouting. A popular choice within portrait photography is a plain background within a studio setting. Traditional portrait photographers use this because it allows them to isolate their subjects and eliminate any distracting background elements.

However, by photographing outside of a studio, the photographer can introduce creative elements. After all, these can help reflect the character and personality of their subject. This will allow the viewer to get a better sense of the person within the photograph.

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