Portrait Photography Session

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cazillo.com I’ve had many requests for this type of video, showing how I shoot a portrait session. There is a ton of info in this video plus some commentary which explains what I’m doing if its not 100% obvious. One thing that you may notice is that I don’t spend a lot of time fiddling with my camera. I know it 110% and only worry about my exposure, histogram, composition and focus. Other things like white balance and picture controls could not be farther from my mind and I don’t think about them. My goal is to create great photographs and that requires me to have a great rappor with the model or family keeping the thoughts and fun going. Here are your steps! Scout your location early or on another day with similar lighting conditions Keep a good conversation going with the model and ‘look’ at them making sure they are comfortable Learning to read someone’s body language will dramatically improve your posing and portraits overall Know your equipment Use your histogram and screen (sparingly) Use a single focus point and put it on the model’s face or eye Think about composition and what you want to create & ALWAYS fill the frame I usually recommend solid color clothing with no or minimal logos Shoot a few angles or crops of each scene so you can maximize sales potential (if you are selling images) So what questions do you have? Do you think you can do this? What’s your favorite available light portrait?

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GregoryCazillo says:

All settings are here flic.kr/s/aHsjv61YkC

albertr915 says:

Greg. What mode & camera settings did you use when you was shooting this photo section?

Petr Novotný says:

It´s probable, that you will more likely benefit grome white shirt as an reflector if you are shooting from close distance 🙂

Larry Banks II says:

I can do this. The gate photos, I think were the best. Never saw that prop coming, excellent.

GregoryCazillo says:

yes

TheAndroidEnthusiast says:

Were you using single point focus?

TheAndroidEnthusiast says:

Gregory, I shot some pictures of my neighbors family yesterday. I believe they turned out well. Is there somewhere I can take my work to be critiqued? That’s free lol.

GregoryCazillo says:

Watch my metering video ;).

tealcsg8 says:

How do I do metering on a DSLR?

GregoryCazillo says:

It can help but only in the studio or working with reflective items…I’ve never notice any issues at other times.

Adrienne DiFabio Brand says:

I’m not sure if anyone mentioned this, but maybe it’s a good idea for the photographer to wear black in case there are reflections? Any thoughts on that?

firebaboon says:

These session videos are incredibly helpful and informative for me. Thank you.

MegaMADvideo says:

I would love to see more photography session videos from you.

GregoryCazillo says:

I don’t use reflectors very often, only in the studio. I prefer to use off camera flash.

Goran Nikolic says:

I really like your pictures! But wouldn’t using a reflector given the pictures more punch? Especially the shots where she is in the shadow of the tree? Would love to heir your opinion on using reflectors with natural lighting. Thank you for this video! very informative! Loved it.

GregoryCazillo says:

Exif data is on flickr.

GregoryCazillo says:

all the time

tjsdaname says:

do you use the in camera meter? 

jmanr78 says:

Awesome video thank you.. it was almost like being there on hand. Your videos have great pointers look forward to more videos

GregoryCazillo says:

I never leave home without it!

chevyguyarmen says:

I could not get used to shooting portrait with my battery grip with the blackrapid strap. How do you like it?

tramained says:

Thank you so much greg… silently watched most of your informative videos even before i got my dslr, never shot an auto shot & I SHOOT RAW!
Tramaine from Barbados

GregoryCazillo says:

Evaluative, I have a video explaining it somewhere…getting harder and harder to find them with over 100!

tramained says:

On a serious note greg… I own a entry level canon.. it has partial metering, center weighted and evaluative, which do you advice I use?

a3w3m says:

i love this type of video. Keep them coming! thanks

GregoryCazillo says:

no I don’t recommend spot metering, rather prefer matrix

predatorjoutube says:

one question, which metering system did you use? spot metering?

samon1ful says:

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GregoryCazillo says:

I don’t but will put it on my list.

desmondlaugh says:

Greg, have you upgraded to a d4 or d800 yet, or do you plan to? I would think the 800 at least becuase I know your mainly a portrait photog. great vids as usual keep up the good work.
thanks

GregoryCazillo says:

Yes focus point is always placed on the face/eyes if possible. See this video it might help more with focus questions.  youtube .com/watch?v=h5ojUnXxiNI remove space from url.

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