Portrait Photography Tutorial – Which Eye or Person to Focus on? Portrait Photography Tips

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  1. Hi! I’m going to be doing some outdoor fall portraits of some kids (of all ages) at the end of the month, wondering if you could give me some tips 🙂
    I have a Nikon D3100 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Hey I can’t tell you how much your videos have helped me improve my shots. I was wondering which settings you would recommend on a Nikon D90 for an event photography where lights is ever changing and subjects moving lots please? Also, any chance that you will be doing group photography tutorial? Thanks a lot!

  3. HI thank you so much for sharing!! I am so gonna try it out! 🙂 great video!

  4. PhotographersOnUTube

    I do portraits between f1.8 to f4 and group shots mostly at 5.6 and up. Of course it depends on the light as well. Keep in mind even at f/7.1 focusing point matters because you can control depth of field through zoom as well. Try f/9 zoom 100mm+ and do diagonal portrait, one eye will be blurry. DOF plays a big roll as well.

    No, I don’t shoot every single picture at 2.8 at wedding/parties. I know the exposure chart by heart which allows me to quickly do the math to balance the exposure.

  5. Ataulla Fareed Pasha

    Considering these pics and focus plane, have you shoot them all on f2.8?
    If it was 5.6 or higher then focus point would play insignificant role…Unless its wide aperture focus plane wont be that important.
    Saying this do u shoot weddings/parties where bunch of people are involved do u continue to take it on 2.8 and calculate on focus point continously during the event?

  6. grincoffeeman25

    nice videos… you dont have numbering for all of your video sometimes im confuse which video i need to watch first as a beginner… thanks for this video anyway…

  7. i could never figure out when or when not to use the flash in the camera?! any tips?

  8. love it and very keen for the group shot video!

  9. there is an autofocus dot on your screen you point at the subject

  10. thank you so much for sharing….

  11. Nice tutorial! I’ve already seen your other videos but i didn’t understand: why don’t you like to use multiple focus points or manual focus? what’s the difference between using manual or auto focus in what refers to focus points? Thanks

  12. I keep getting the background in focus and not my subject. I use af-s single point and lock my focus on the subject, but about 95% of the time what I focused on is blurry and the background is nice and sharp. I’ve tried changing the ap and shutter speed to no avail. I am using a d5100 with either kit lens or 35 1.8 lens. I gotta watch more of your videos during my lunch hour. 🙂

  13. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thanks! Watch my video, How to focus anywhere. If you’re into photography then try to watch some of my old videos.

  14. ephraim gonzales

    Nice tutorial but I would like to know how do you actually focus on that certain spot. Do you do it on the spot? Or already set up?

  15. I’m having a problem focusing,it really isn’t working out.. I dont know why… I’ve tried everything..

  16. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thank you so much! Don’t forget to pass on your knowledge to those looking for assistance. Knowledge should never be kept to ourselves. Do like the videos when ever you learn something new. Thanks for watching! 🙂

  17. I would just like to say thanks to you. All your tutorials have helped me so much in this new hobby that o have picked up. I have learned so much from your tutorials and have improved my shots by so much. Thanks again.

  18. That’s the tip I was looking and you given it Thankx Alot man 🙂

  19. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thank you much! :)

  20. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thank you much! Yes, 50mm 1.8G lens is incredibly sharp lens. I’ve done a review of that lens in case you want to check it out. At first you may find it annoying to physically move to compose the shot but when you see the quality you go…. why didn’t I buy this earlier? Def get the prime lens and you won’t regret it.

  21. PhotographersOnUTube

    It depends on what lens you’re using. I could get 3 people in focus at f/3.2 from 70-200mm lens. But even if you use f/10 (not possible indoors in low light) you still have to place the focus point at the right place so A. The subject up front is not blurry and B. You get the right person in focus. Thanks for watching. 🙂

  22. PhotographersOnUTube

    Always love to hear these success stories. Keep clicking! 🙂

  23. PhotographersOnUTube

    Thank you much. I’ll tell you why I did that. Sure the bride is important but these speeches go on for good 5 minutes from Bridesmaid and then another 5 minutes from the best man. In this time as they’re telling jokes you photograph the bride and the groom as well. So the focus doesn’t stay on the people giving speeches, it goes back to the couple. When I start wedding photography tutorial videos I’ll include those pictures and talk about this. Thanks for watching. 🙂

  24. Rajarshi Mukherjee

    I agree to ur views, except on that of the last foto of the best man speech. I strongly believe that here the bride is the most important person in the entire event,and the focus should be on her. Because u r a pro, and I believe that u were using a prime lens, it really deosn’t matter; u end up freezing a perfectly focussed moment.
    Big fan of your preachings. keep up the good work. ciao……

  25. thanks for the suggestions!!! i tried to follow these rules and the pictures turned out to be really good.