7 Tips for Capturing Better Environmental Portraits

by | Oct 1, 2021 | Portrait Photography

1.Convey Grandeur

/One of the best ways to improve your environmental portraiture is by not shooting close up to the subject’s face. Photographers often commit this mistake. Sure, tight shots of the subjects’ faces can be very beautiful and moving in many situations. However, portrait photographers should also take into account the environment around the subject and the subject’s context.

2.Use Reflections

Taking a picture is like capturing a moment or person. A reflection in a photo can be used to make it more interesting and artsy. However, focusing on features we don’t typically see in daily life, such as the sky and environment, makes for a more striking image with edge and vibrancy.

3.Capture Movement

A captivating portrait requires that the photographer portray the subject’s surroundings. A portrait is best when it captures movement because it creates a more natural and powerful image.

4.Convert to Black & White or Sepia Tone

Often, a black-and-white conversion is used to make a simple image seem timeless. In a similar fashion, a sepia tone can make the same transformation. A sepia tone can also alter the mood of the viewer and project emotion otherwise not achievable through traditional color processing.

5.Use Patterns or Textures

Patterns are all around us. When they are surrounding a subject, the portrait becomes more interesting. This is true for patterns on clothing or background textures. It’s also true for the patterns that people’s faces make or for the patterns that surround a subject in a given environment.

5.Illustrate Harsh Contrasts

Photojournalism and street photography work together to show the harsh contrasts in the environment around a subject. This makes for powerful portraits.

7.Use Humour and Be Entertaining

Believe it or not, light is an integral part of any type of photography. It affects the way the photo looks by changing levels of brightness and contrast. Learning how to use your camera’s settings will give you more control over these factors. For instance, the aperture setting determines the depth-of-field; shutter speed controls the amount of light on the photo; iso affects the sensitivity to light. Being knowledgeable about all these concepts will make your photos much more appealing!