How to capture crisp,sharp portraits (Step by Step)

Today’s post is dedicated, as well the title says, to explain how to achieve a portrait (extremely) clear. But before going, I would warn you not to achieve maximum will achieve the best picture sharpness, your image will be sharper, of course, but no better. There are many factors that will help to achieve great picture and you can read here. Now if you are looking for specifically is clearly because everything else already know, go ahead, you’re in the right place. Go noting

And here we are not professionals, or learn by infused science (right?), the better I’ll tell you step by step, to be well facilitated, okay?

1. Equipment

It is true that the team influences the time to achieve image sharpness, but should not be obsessed with this issue unless your bread and your family depend on it. No one makes better pictures because they are sharper. In fact you can capture an extremely sharp image and devoid of any interest. Yes is “empty” going unnoticed in the eyes of anyone? So you should not worry about changing teams, you have the advantage and make the most changes only when you really need. For the most of you have, keep it clean (it’s time to give it a repasito), using a fixed lens if you have one, set parameters correctly your camera (later I’ll explain how) and follow the steps.

2. Light

For crisp portrait you are going to need a good light and I do not mean the intense midday light. I mean proper light. Whenever I advise you to throw natural light whenever possible, however, today, as we are trying is to achieve maximum sharpness, I’ll tell you If you have a flash (or more than one) that use them, not about closing doors, but opening. If you have a beauty dish, a window or a flash light hand, use them to illuminate your model and thus achieve clarity. If you have several of these elements, you can combine them and play with them to achieve the outcome that satisfies you. Here’s a guide to illuminate your portrait.

Good lighting is essential

3. Camera Setup

Adjusts the sharpness. Your camera should become an extension of your body, ideally you get to know so well you do not have to look at the menu and think hard where the buttons are and this is achieved with practice. You may not know it but there are some functions that allow you to adjust certain parameters as sharpness or contrast. If you have not done yet, now is the time to read your instruction manual 😉. Do various tests until you find the combination you like best?

ISO minimum. Put the ISO value to 100, the lowest, in this way you will avoid the noise so annoying messing images. There are some cameras that work very well with higher ISO values, if you do have to upload, you know the limit of your camera, but do not overdo because it is very sharp achieve portrait…

Beware the ISO value

RAW. If you are looking for clarity, will have to work in RAW and if you do it in JPG, try to use a JPG of quality compressed very little, the more compression to reduce the image, the more information you lose and that translates into … less clear, exactly!

It operates at high speeds. It uses fast shutter speeds, although you’ll have to make to find the ideal balance between the three main ingredients of the triangle of light (ISO, shutter speed and aperture).

Intermediate openings. We are many fans of large openings, particularly in portrait, because it allows to emphasize the subject, or part of his face and blurring the rest. What happens in these cases it is that if you use a very wide opening only get a minimum focusing portion (e.g., the eyes themselves and nose not) further the objectives have their best performance in terms of sharpness in intermediate openings. Meet the sweet spot of your target and work with him to achieve clearer portraits.

Seeking the sweet spot of your target

4. Focus

Manual focus. It’s time to make another change, focus manually. If you do, great, you have come a long way and if you have not yet dared, start practicing.

Autofocus. If you do not dare with manual focus, no time or any other excuse you can think or you present, use the “AF-S” (Nikon) or “One Shot” (Canon), ideal for mode static subjects.

If you have accessories approach, use them.

Avoid filters. Especially with auto focus, because the filters prevent a good focus and sharpness remain, especially if they are not of the highest quality.

Makes a sharp focus. This is not to focus on the face (unless it is a full-length portrait and far), which should be well focused (or yes, provided you do not look for a particular purpose) are the eyes. You can have a very clear picture but if the look is out of focus, moved or blurred … you lose a lot of strength.

Focuses on the eyes

5. Movement

One of the biggest enemies of the sharpness is the movement, so you should avoid it at all costs. On the one hand ensuring that your model is static and secondly minimizing any camera shakes, how?

Use a tripod. If you can, do not hesitate. It is true that when making a portrait, unless you’re in a studio, the tripod is not the best companion, but it will be an excellent partner for greater clarity.

Use a remote trigger. Another way to reduce any vibration is to use a remote shutter or, failing that, the camera timer.

Lock the mirror. Some cameras have a mirror lock function, if yours has it, activate it. The mirror movement creates vibrations is best to avoid.

Image stabilizer. Not all objectives have it, but if you’re going to use what you have, disable it if you use a tripod and activate if you shoot pulse.

Hold the camera well. If you want to place the camera on a tripod you can skip this step, but if you shoot a pulse cannot circumvent it for the world, must this article.

6. Fund

Use a contrasting background for clarity even more evident. Notice in the image below how the hair stands on the back.

The more contrasting backgrounds better

7. Some extra tips

One trick is to use continuous shooting, while you have the button pressed get multiple images, discarded the first who have suffered the movement to push and stay with the sharpest.

Come you instead of zooming.

Compose the image before you shoot, do not expect to cut it on the computer.

Sharpens with any editor. Do not pretend to fix bugs as well, but you can highlight the sharpness with “unsharp mask” or a filter to increase the degree of sharpness of your image in some publishers will find it as “sharpness”.

Compose at the time of shooting, not the computer

8. Practice

On paper (or screen) all looks very easy, but when you try it, cannot you achieve the desired results. Do not despair, you need to practice; only practice will help you improve and get excellent results. And when you succeed, the satisfaction will be great soooo’ll find that every effort was worthwhile.

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