Live Picture Critique

Portrait Photography

27th February 2020 - 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EST

Portrait taken using umbrella lighting

LIVE MEMBERS PICTURE CRITIQUE

Portrait Photography

27th February 2020 - 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EST


In this live critique show Karl will be reviewing members’ portrait images, highlighting the positives and offering advice for improvement.

Portrait photography

Submit your image for professional feedback

Portrait photography tips

Creative techniques for portrait photography

Portrait photography lighting

Get your questions answered live

NOTE: Submissions will close Monday 24th February at 12:00 GMT / 07:00 EST.

How to take better portrait photographs

The essence of a good portrait is one that captures the personality of your subject, and while this may sound easy, there are a few things you need to consider (lighting, backgrounds, posing etc).

Ahead of our live portrait critique, here are five things you can try to help improve your portrait photography.

1. Composition
Composition is an important aspect in any image, but it’s still something that many photographers struggle with. Common mistakes you see in portrait photography include too much or too little space above the head, as well as too little space for the subject to look into. Take the time to think about composition and check your shots afterwards too as they may also benefit from some cropping.

2. Background
Whether you’re shooting in a studio or on location, the background plays a big part in portrait photography. Don’t be caught out by choosing a background that’s too busy or distracting. Take time to think about what’s behind your subject and don’t be afraid to move things around to make it work.

3. Focus
A shallow depth of field is a popular choice for portrait photography, but it’s easy to take it too far. Think about your aperture and check your focus to make sure that enough of your subject is sharp, and that you’ve focused on the right part of your subject (usually the eyes).

4. Lighting
Whether you’re shooting with natural light or studio light, lighting is crucial. Soft lighting is often used for portraiture, but it can result in boring, flat images. Experiment with different setups, but make sure that it’s appropriate for your subject. For portrait lighting ideas, take a look at our Portrait section, as well as our Creative Portrait Lighting Techniques (Part 1 and Part 2) or Portrait & Beauty Lighting live shows.

5. Post production
Removal of stray hairs or pimples, or smoothing hair and clothes, are common things that need to be done when retouching portrait images. While you want to make the person look their best, you don’t want to change them completely. To learn more about editing portrait photos, including how to retouch skin in Photoshop, take a look at our Post Production classes.

Throughout this live show, Karl will be looking at each of these techniques, highlighting the strongest examples and discussing ways to further improve. He’ll also be answering questions live, so make sure to join us on 20th February to learn more.

This is just a brief overview of five ways you can improve your portrait photography. To learn more about this, make sure to join Karl Taylor Education and watch this upcoming live critique show. You’ll also be able to watch all of our portrait photography classes, as well as hundreds of other tutorials and past live shows.

Paris cityscape image by Karl Taylor

LIVE MEMBERS PICTURE CRITIQUE

Portrait Photography

27th February 2020 - 18:00 GMT / 13:00 EST

In this live critique show Karl will be reviewing members’ portrait images, highlighting the positives and offering advice for improvement.

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Comments

  1. Portrait of a Masai boy, natural light – an “environmental” portrait so maybe not at all suited to the live show

  2. sorry, I thought that was the comment to the photo I posted, now I guess I commented the article instead… oh my…

  3. hi team, this shot was taken in studio with only one strip light in front of the subject, slightly tilted towards the subject. first time for me doing a pregnancy shooting in studio. thanks for your feedback if you will find this interesting for the live show.
    Have a nice day
    MC

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