On my last post on portrait photography I mentioned about knowing your model's name and encouraged to get to know their personality to create a relax and fun ambiance. Today's post is more on the camera and lighting settings that I hear far too often how hard it is to achieve portraits in terms of lighting.
The camera setting for this photo was set to manual. How I love to take photos in the manual mode where I can control how much light I want and how it effects the results seen in the photos. The camera setting was set as follows: Shutter 1/8, Aperture F4.5 and Exp +/- +4.7. I also placed a small soft spotlight 20 to 25 degrees from the model's face at a distance around half a meter away from her to illuminate her eyes. Some photographers would take extra soft light and would place it 45 degrees behind the model to illuminate the model's hair from behind and that works perfect if you are taking a portrait photo with your model´s hair lose. As you can see, it is not as difficult as you imagined it in terms of settings. Just remember in photography we paint with lights. What is hard in portrait is finding the right pose for the models.
There are so many types of portraits to try out there, from the traditional, formal, informal, fun and it goes on depending how creative you are.
You might also be interested in the link below on my older post that covers the basic approach on portrait photography: Portrait Photography