How to Take Professional Looking Pictures at Home: 8 Useful Tips
Want to learn how to take professional looking pictures at home? Well we at JayLynn Photography
are going to teach you how.
Capturing a professional effect at home is absolutely not a hopeless goal to attain, once you learn exactly what you’re executing. Today from JayLynn Photography, we’re going to share some general industry strategies, helping you to shoot professional looking pictures at home.
Most people stray away from attempting to shoot photographs of themselves at home and elect to pay a visit to a professional and invest to have photographs handled. What most people don’t realize though, is the fact that with only a little bit of supplies and a couple of minutes involving set up time, those same professional-quality photos can be achieved at home. Great, professional looking pictures can even be captured with a basic compact digital camera.
The difference between taking a basic “picture” and capturing a professional-type portrait can be a big one, however, not one which demands a significant purchase of cameras along with equipment. Having an understanding of lights and background objects, almost everyone can shoot professional photographs at home that they can be very proud of.
Here are helpful tips on how to take professional looking pictures at home:
1. Lighting is key.
Pick a location in your home that has a north facing window, that produces plenty of natural light. Be sure to raise any blinds and open any curtains completely, that may obstruct the light from coming in. If you’re planning to shoot your photo outside, be sure there is plenty of light. Try to schedule your shoot on a sunny day, as clouds tend to take away from the glow that unobstructed light produces. When shooting outside, a good practice is to shoot with the sun at your back.
2. Position effects light.
Although natural lighting from a window should suffice, you may need the assistance of any effects light. This can be a standard desk lamp that you position opposite of the exposed window. Taking a few ‘test’ shots will determine if the additional lighting is needed.
3. Set up a backdrop.
A backdrop can help make the individual or object you’re shooting, stand out. Typically, a solid color works best. However, depending on the theme you want to capture, relevant objects or background scenes can be appropriate.
4. Turn off the camera’s flash.
Flash is designed to get light to a subject, directly from the camera. This is fine for quick, fun photos with friends and family, however, flash is the worst type of light because it can wash out and hide pertinent details of the photo’s subject. As well, flash is the main culprit of ‘red eye’ and unless you have good photo editing software, red-eye can ruin an otherwise perfect picture.
5. Position wisely.
Set up your subject, or object so that the natural light is exposed to one side. Sit up, or stand up tall and smile naturally. Think of a good thought that makes your heart feel warm and then place that though on to your face. A genuine smile in a photo can be genuinely felt by others viewing it. If you’re standing up tall, be sure to slightly point your chin down, but not so much to expose a double chin.
6. Take test shots.
Getting the perfect shot the first time around is very rare. Experiment with the natural lighting and add in effect lights as needed. You can even try some lighting tricks by adding in plastic color filters. Try positioning the face, or object more toward the window, or away. There’s no definite right or wrong way of capturing the perfect shot, what matters most is how it looks to you.
7. Adding in props.
If you want to capture a themed-type photo such as ‘graduation’, or a holiday like Christmas, then a relevant prop could add a little spice to the picture. However, if you’re shooting outside and want to capture an image or subject naturally, then be sure to choose the appropriate location to capture the feel you want the photograph to envelop.
8. Editing your photos.
Using photo editing software such as Photoshop, can really add elements to the image not easily captured by a good camera and natural lighting. Photo editing software can help you adjust brightness and contrast, you can insert filters to apply visually stunning effects and you can even blur out the background to make your subject or object really stand out.
Learning how to take professional looking pictures at home isn’t a difficult task. You don’t any special equipment, cameras or materials. As long as you pre-plan for a daytime shoot with plenty of natural lighting and subjects and/or objects that are willing to be photographed, you can obtain a portrait you will certainly be proud of.