How to get great portraits anytime


One of the sure fire ways to a great portrait is a fast lens with a large aperture.  Just such a lens will allow you to blur the background so the subject is the only thing in sharp focus within the image.  Controlling your viewer’s eye is the key to a successful image.  Good composition paired with technical skill will allow you to make a great portrait in almost any situation.  The image attached to this post was shot outside near Noon time with great results.  How?  I moved my subject under the building overhang to get her out of the harsh sunlight which would have caused dark shadows, and I shot wide open to keep the background well out of focus.

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