Charl’s 1-2-3 Portraiture
Usually, Charl will start off the portrait shoot by experimenting with light to see what suits his subject best, whether it is a harsh flash or ambient light.
Charl suggests that you shoot portraits using a very shallow depth of field; f/4, f/2.8 or lower if you can. This, blur out busy backgrounds, drawing attention to the subject.
Interact with your model to help them tell their story through body language. Charl directs his models to get the perfect shot: When shooting with women, tell them to tilt their chin downwards with their hands softly behind or around the face – and remember that the opposite goes for men. He urges photographers to interact with their subjects saying that: “You want them to be expressive and show emotion.”
You might be wondering how you’ll know if you’ve got the shot? Charl’s advice is to go with your gut. Just keep practising ’cause at some point you’ll look at the back of your LCD screen knowing that your shot is ‘sick’. “It gets more and more difficult with time because you get better and something that might have been great a year back, is now ordinary.”