Portrait photos are a way to mark milestones and preserve memories. Some photographers combine their love of people with artistic flair and specialize in portraiture. The digital revolution has made it easier and more affordable to take up photography as a hobby. If you want to try your hand at portrait photography, you don't have to spend a lot of money -- just repurpose some things you may already have on hand.
Find a place that offers a lot of natural light. The garage is the best place in most cases. Open the door and let the light spill in.
Hang a white sheet or muslin as a backdrop. This allows for subtle light and eliminates distractions in the background. Duct tape the fabric to a wall or tack it to the ceiling and let it fall to the floor.
Purchase a posterboard or full-length mirror. They make good reflectors and should be set up opposite your light source. The light coming in through the garage door will bounce off the reflectors and hit your subject. Take some test shots to check for shadows and adjust your reflectors to eliminate any harshness. Turn the flash off -- you don't want it to compete with the natural light.
Ask your subject to dress in solid colors that won't compete with your backdrop or create a distraction. Pose your subject about three feet in front of the backdrop and keep your subject in the view finder as you snap away. Keep your subject engaged by talking. If your photo shoot involves kids, try using some props.
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