What does a portrait photographer need to get started?

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Photographers range from portraits to products to landscapes to astronomy. There are many types of photography, and most photographers focus on one area.
Portrait photography is not equal to wedding photography, because wedding photographers must understand all these different forms of photography because some will be involved when shooting.
While portrait photography is more of a portrait, there is relatively little interaction with children.

Children's Portrait Photography
  • If you want to become a portrait photographer, here are a few reference answers:

1. What kind of zoom lens (wide and long) do portrait photographers need?

A wide-angle zoom lens is recommended. A better suggestion is 24-70mm f/2.8, if you have a kit lens, it is 18-55mm. Although this lens can be used for wedding photography, in a photography studio, this is very useful when shooting portraits of many people. From shooting one person to 3 or 5 people, one lens can be completed without adding each time. Change the lens alone.

The important thing to remember here is that distortion occurs when shooting at a wide focal length when approaching the subject. A total length of 35 mm is a good choice, but you will start to get more distortion than this range, especially when shooting at close range 24 mm.

However, if your studio is large, you can use a fixed-focus lens, such as a 35mm crop sensor or a 50mm/85mm full-frame camera.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 (Nikon also has an f/4 option) is an excellent zoom lens. I used this lens in the cherry blossom photos below. The cheap alternative is 55-200mm f/3.5. Using a long focal length lens is ideal for separating the subject from the background.

Portrait Photographer's Choice of Zoom Lens

2. Do Portrait Photographers Need Fixed Lens?

Suitable for large-scale studio or outdoor portrait shooting.

Lenses with longer focal lengths (such as 85mm, 105mm, and 200mm) are called fixed-focus lenses and are ideal for portraits. You can get amazing compression effects and depth of field.

But it is more suitable for outdoor or large-scale studio shooting, the effect it can bring is very vivid and beautiful; if you only have a small studio, then using these lenses may be tricky, because you and the subject There needs to be enough space between the room and the shooting and effects will be affected.

For natural light photographers, a large aperture fixed focus lens will be the best friend. For example, you can shoot between f/1.4 and f/2.2, but still get a clear image. But please note that to obtain a clear image at these apertures, there are other factors to consider. Including: how to hold the camera, ISO and shutter speed settings, and use a stable surface or tripod/monopod where needed.

In order that you can better control the time and rhythm of taking portraits, because you can choose a tripod that you can afford. This may help you determine the focus of the shoot and achieve the composition you are after.

3. Do Portrait Photographers Need a Tripod or Monopod?

A tripod is not a necessity, but it will significantly improve your shooting efficiency and shooting effect.

When shooting with a tripod or monopod, it will be helpful whether shooting natural light or illuminating the subject, especially in the case of static settings/background, the effect will be more obvious. Because you don’t have to continue to move the camera, you can get the same frame and composition every time.

If you are shooting most portraits in an indoor studio, I can recommend you to buy several high-quality and relatively cheap tripods, made of aluminum alloy or carbon fiber material, very hard, and also convenient when shooting outside carry.

4. What is an Artificial Light Source? Do Portrait Photographers Need It?

The artificial light source is not natural light. In general, natural light is difficult to meet the needs of photographers, so many times will consider the use of artificial light sources, such as continuous lights, LED lights, flashguns, and electronic flashes/strobes. With these you need any Light that is only available in specific sunlight, weather, and seasons can be resolved.

If you use flashguns, and electronic flashes/strobes, you may need a remote trigger and receiver to work with the camera. Unless, for example, in the case of Nikon, unless you use the built-in creative lighting system of the flash unit.

My suggestion is to use the softbox light to better solve the lighting problem.

5. What are Light Modifiers?

With the use of artificial light sources, Light Modifiers are often used to eliminate edges and soften light. The softbox Kit recommended above can provide and soften light sources to solve this problem.

Photography Light Modifiers

6. What is Reflector? Can it Help Portrait Photography?

Reflectors are a handy tool for portrait photography, which is particularly effective in studio shooting. And able to use the correct reflector has an undeniable impact on the image before applying any editing in post-production.

If you have space, it is a good idea to have one large reflector propped up on a stand in your studio (lockable castor wheels are handy).

Reflector Use

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