I am a fairly experienced photographer, but I haven't done any portraits yet. So I am looking for exercises to get up and running in that topic. What I am looking for are ideas for little photography tasks, that might be more efficient than plain trail and error.
This question might be a little bit too general maybe, so I thought about a few points that might a photographer familiarize with, if he wants to become fairly good in portraits:
- Getting a good grasp of how to compose a picture for conventional portraits
- How to compose portraits in more advanced aspects, once you've done your homework.
- How to find good spots for portraits.
- Getting a good feeling for different light styles and how kinds of light will affect the resulting picture
- Basic methods to manipulate the light without too much equipment or just household equipment
- Confidence and best practices how to work with models to make them feel comfortable and willing to give their best
- Best practices in portrait post processing. Must do's and don'ts.
By any means, this list is not meant to be complete. These are just a few ideas that popped into my mind when I started thinking about.