Framing a model at a portrait shoot can be very tricky especially when you are shooting at an unfriendly location. But some photographers use simple camera tweaks to come up some of the best portraits and this has been made easy by the mirrorless cameras that allow you to switch the settings on the go. We did this shoot at The Alchemist Bar and I can tell you for free that this is currently the hottest zone in Nairobi. It’s a creative hub with welcoming restaurants, shops and a recording studio. View the portraits that I managed to capture with Lintei Turasha and I have also included a few portrait photography tips for you.
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Style is a matter of proportions and Nairobi has the best zones where models can express their style as they mingle with friends. The beautiful @lily_teisha explored @alchemistbar254 and @k1klubhouse A collaborative project: @creativelabafrica @lily_teisha and Kenyan Story Music: Wendy Kemunto (Yemi Alade/Sauti Sol cover – Africa #film #sonya6500 #kenya #nairobi #k1fleamarket #thealchemist
Portrait Photography tips
- Aperture: It’s advisable to set a wide aperture (around f/1.8-f/2.8) to capture a shallow depth of field, so the background behind your subject is nicely blurred, making them stand out better.
- Shutter speed: It’s important to factor in the focal length of your lens when setting the shutter speed to avoid shakes. And as a general photography rule, make sure your shutter speed is higher than your effective focal length. For example, when you are shooting at 200mm, be sure your shutter speed is above 1/200th a second.
- Lens choice: Pick a prime lens e.g 50mm, 35mm and 85mm
- Creative composition: Composition is everything when it comes to portrait photography. (I will share more tips and expand on the ones that I have mentioned in a separate article)
Photography: Kenyan Story
Model: Lintei Trusha
Location: The Alchemist Bar