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Inside Tips on Capturing Emotive Portraits

Taking portraits is something we love to do – and regardless of what kind of photographer you are, being able to take beautiful portraits is a priceless skill to have. Once you have mastered the basic techniques of taking flattering portraits of your model, the next step is to start becoming creative and having fun playing with different types of emotions in portraits.

Whether it’s laughter, happiness or thoughtfulness, etc that you want to be able to express through your portraits, we have some great tips to help you learn how to capture some amazing emotive portraits.

Choose The Right Setting

The best way to start capturing emotive portraits is to choose the right setting/location to help create the right type of feeling in the portrait.

So for example, if you are wanting to capture carefree portraits, you would naturally choose an open space setting  to help express it.

Or if you are trying to capture a happy, joyful portrait, then using light and airy colours for your backdrop will help portray that emotion easier.

You might not know straight away what the right environment is for the type of portrait you have in mind, so try to have a clear picture of what you want it to look like until you find something to suit the mood.

The Art Of Portraying Emotion

Whether you are taking self-portraits or photographing models, learning how to look good in front of the camera or knowing how to direct your model to make them look beautiful, whilst also getting them to portray a certain emotion, other than smiling at the camera…. is quite tricky if you don’t have the necessary skill-set to know how to model, or how to direct your model.

In this blog post: 6 Instant Modelling Confidence Boosters:

We share with you some fantastic tips to improve your modelling skills which will, in turn help you learn to feel and channel the emotions through portraits either for yourself as a model or if you are a photographer than you will be more able to help your model.

Additionally, in our “How To Pose For Portraits eBook” we explain in great depth with step by step examples, showing you EXACTLY how you can look and feel confident in front of the camera with our core foundation modelling techniques.

Processing For Emotive Portraits

We can never profess enough, just how much processing can transform the quality and popularity of a photograph and when it comes to portraits, it can dramatically intensify emotive portrait, taking them to the next level if the right processing is accomplished.

It’s really important that you don’t skip this step and never underestimate the impact you can create when you have the right processing for each portrait. This will help amplify the certain emotion you are trying to represent.

If you have followed us for awhile, then you will know how passionate we are about high quality editing and processing without spending countless and unnecessary hours in Lightroom or Photoshop.

So we provide the Lightroom Presets and Photoshop Actions we use for all of our photographs available for you to use as well, thus making it possible to get the same style of processing we use. On top of that, you will save an abundance of valuable time that you can spend taking more gorgeous portraits!

Have a look at our full range of editing tool we have using the links below:

Lightroom Presets:

Photoshop Actions: 

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