Portrait Photography – Highlighting the Eyes

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Portrait Photography
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As the property manager for Gramatan Management, Inc., Ana Docoito-Nelson is accountable for day-to-day operations and capital improvements of the management firm’s buildings. Outside of work, Ana Docoito-Nelson enjoys portrait photography.

There are several factors to capturing a perfect portrait, but perhaps the most important is eyes of the subject. The well-lit face of a comfortable subject means little when the eyes aren’t sharp or out of focus. Some cameras come equipped with a feature allowing the photographer to track focus on the eyes, but there are other simple ways to ensure they are highlighted.

Eyes can be brightened by having the subject stand facing a bigger and brighter natural light source, such as large windows in a room. But there’s more to focusing on the eyes than making them brighter. The subject must appear connected and involved. The photographer can engage them in visualization tricks to put them at ease. Finally, programs such as Adobe Lightroom can be used to make any post-production fixes.