how to become a portrait photographer

You want to know how to become a portrait photographer? This is just a quick outline if you are considering to learn how to become a portrait photographer As a professional portrait […]

You want to know how to become a portrait photographer?

This is just a quick outline if you are considering to learn how to become a portrait photographer

As a professional portrait photographer I believe that portraiture has potential to create real value. It grows over time and it becomes priceless. Taking people’s photographs is an honour when they let you in their lives for a second and they entrust you to capture one moment. For you it may be just another session, but the images will last them a lifetime. The people reaction fuels my passion for photography and keeps me going.

become a portrait photographer – how to take various types of portraits

you can experiment with various types of portraiture such as formal shots in a studio where the subject is captured frontal or on an angle. This would be the easiest if you have the studio set up ready to go , and the client prepared for the photography session, in terms of clothig, hair or make up. The difficulty increases when you need to create a portrait of someone in their environment and you intend to capture the personality and mood. This can happen in their home or place of work surrounded by elememnts belonging to thier life. This portrait is richer in content, and more interesting. As a professional portrait photographer you need to have the ability to deliver that very essence of someone’s personality.

Portrait poses ideas

Many people ask what poses ideas should they explore and I recommend to disobey all rules, and give it a shot. Keep shooting and some images will be good. ask you subject to move, act, react , smile, stay serios, turn around, hug someone. It will help you and him/her relax and revela theri personality.

If oustide, I always ask people to jump, run, roll. If I keep shoting all the time I can guarantee I will get the perfect portrait. For one hour session, I end up to have over 400 images and it is highly likely one is an interesting portrait.

For few portrait ideas you can visit the Tudor Photography website for a wide variety of poses

equipment for portrait photography

any camera can make a good portrait, and if you have a dlsr  we recommend several choices to deliver good results such as: telephoto lens such as 70-200mm or similar, a prime lense with wide aperture in order to create the shalow depth of field effectsuch as 85mm 1.2 (remember to focus on the eyes) or even a macro lenses. Yes, a macro lens can deliver outstanding portraits if used properly.

how to become a portrait photographer – portrait value

Studio equipment is a plus, obvioulsy in a studio, the results are better as you can control the light.

So if you wish to become a portrait professional photographer, you nee to love people, be able to communicatee, see , capture and tell a story.

how to become a portrait photographer

 

If other fields of photographey may have restriction on the sessions conditions, you can create outstanding portraiture anywhere.

You can do candid shots, formal shots, location or studio, with a lot of preparation or with less.

In order to take peoples photos as a career and portraiture to be the main focus, you can see our how to become a photographer section – you need to follow the same steps as per any other kinds of photography business.

About Christian Tudor

professional photographer, main editor at Academy of Photography and