What would be your #1 tip for shooting portrait photography?

Started Dec 3, 2011 | Discussions thread
JoeyCinSC Senior Member • Posts: 1,587
Re: What would be your #1 tip for shooting portrait photography?

Low light. Low aperture, more light entering through the lens, higher shutter speed. Plus, when I think of candid, I don't always consider flash. Using a fast lens can sometimes elminate the need for flash.

Someone else mentioned extra batteries. Great suggestion since the A55 eats batteries. Amazon sells high quality Lenmar brand batteries that in my opinion last as long as the Sony for about 2/3rds of the price.

garypaul1256 wrote:

JoeyCinSC wrote:

You will need a fast lens. At the very least, grab the Sony 35mm F1.8 or 50mm F1.8. I'd also consider a hot shoe flash. Doesn't have to be TTL. If you wanted to save a few bucks, but a used Nikon SB-24/25/26 and a hot shoe adapter. Shoot in manual mode on both the camera and flash. The A55 should do well at ISO 1600 or less. I like mine for event photography.
Joe - Southeastern PA

Why the fast lens? They probably won't be move too much. All though I do plan on purchasing a prime sometime. Thx

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