Hey guys it’s Johnny here and for my latest blog post I wanted to cover what equipment you need to get started in the wonderful world of Portrait Photography.
Like other types of photography, careful planning and research can help you choose the right photography equipment or stuff to buy. You cannot just purchase any kind of camera, lens or filters that were suggested to you. You need to be practical and buy only what you really need.
Simply defined, portrait photography is a type of photography wherein the main subjects are people. In a portrait photo, you will notice the sharpness of the eyes, the clarity of the face and the emotion shown by the subject.
As simple as it may sound, portrait photography is not an easy task. An aspiring portrait photographer needs to research, practice and experience the field before he/she become an expert on portrait photography.
Of course, selecting the right photography equipment is an important decision to make. To guide you on what photography equipment to get or buy, we came up with a list of important photography equipment for portrait photography.
There are several factors to consider when choosing cameras for portrait photography. The most important are: cost, sensor type, resolution, features.
Cost – How much money can you spend for a camera? Are you willing to buy an expensive one with all the features you are looking for? Or would you rather start with a simple camera and eventually upgrade once you are a pro?
Sensor – Some cameras have full frame sensor while others have crop frame sensor. A full frame sensor is more or less similar to a film camera which has 24mm x 36mm size. It can produce high image quality and has better ISO performance as compared to crop frame sensor. Full frame sensor cameras are also more expensive.
The disadvantage with full frame sensor is that the sensor and lens are big thus heavier than other DLSR. But then, if weight doesn’t bother you, then consider getting the Nikon D2700 or Canon 5D MkII.
Resolution – Read reviews on which cameras have higher resolutions. Most expensive cameras have higher resolution but then there are brands that have good resolution at an affordable cost. Check prices and reviews by other photographers.
Features – For portrait photographers, there are cameras that offer additional features that can make a portrait look better. There are cameras with touchscreen feature that enables a photographer to quickly check the focus of an image. An example of this is Canon700D. There are also cameras (like Nikon D750) with tilting monitors which can be useful. Do your homework and read the specifications for each before deciding on what to purchase.
2.) Photo Studio Lighting
In portrait photography, most photos taken are formal or professional looking. The subjects are usually dressed up in neat clothes and the location is usually inside a photo studio. Portrait photographs can also be taken outdoors especially if you, the photographer doesn’t have a photo studio.
If you are planning to put up your own studio, consider the best lighting to add or get. Check out photo studios by other portrait photographers or ask advice from them.
3.) Tripods and lenses
A tripod is of course very essential for portrait photographers. It can keep your camera steady so you can take great pictures. It is also important for you to have at least 3 lenses. Check the prices and specifications for each before you buy.
4.) Laptop with Photo Editing Software
A laptop is helpful for portrait photographer to show their subjects how they look like in the picture and what changes for the next poses he would require his subjects to do. Having a photo editing software like Photoshop in your laptop can also help you produce more wonderful portraits.
Yes you need skills – just buying a great camera won’t turn you into an amazing portrait or wedding photographer – checkout the work of hampshire wedding photographer Rowan Watts to see what I mean – his photography skills did not come out the camera bag – he invested time and effort to learn his craft. Look at the work of other photographers like Kent Wedding Photographer Paul Fuller and get inspired! Sign up to Creative Live and do some of their great value photography courses at https://www.creativelive.com
Portrait photography should be taken seriously if you really want to excel in this field. No matter how expensive your camera and lenses are, they are still useless if you don’t know how to use them. Practice makes perfect as they say and if you couple it with research, you can be a skilled, professional portrait photographer in no time.
So there you go – that’s Johnny’s latest jolly jape on photography – I’ll try not to make it so long until the next one!