Whether you’ve just got a new camera and are looking to learn some new photography techniques or have been shooting for a while and want to master some old ones, this essential photographer’s resource is here to help. This list of 77 photography techniques to try covers some of the most popular types of photography, so whether you want to improve your portrait photography or learn how to take better landscapes, discover the secret to sharp close-up photos or start out in street photography, you’ll find some essential tips and tricks here. Portrait photography techniques, tips and tricks Tip 1. Focus on the eyes While eye contact is not always desirable in a portrait, sharp eyes certainly are. Manually select an AF point that’s positioned over one of your model’s eyes, or use the central focus point to lock focus on their eye. Then, with the shutter release half-pressed to keep the setting locked, recompose your picture before taking the shot. Learn more: 10 surefire ways to get your sharpest-ever photos Tip 2. Using a standard or telephoto lens Wide-angle lenses are a great choice for photographing environmental portraits, where you want to show a person within a specific context. However, wide-angle lenses used close-up will distort facial features and creative unflattering pictures. A better choice for portraits is either a standard lens or a short telephoto lens. The classic portrait focal lengths for a full-frame camera are 50mm, 85mm prime lenses and a 70-200mm zoom. These will help to… [Read full story]
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