Valentine’s Day is here! Who better to give tips about getting the perfect Valentine’s Day (or night) photos than Nikon-ambassador and world renowned wedding photographer, Zcodia Studios Photography..
Whether you are having a quiet night at home or a night out on the town, Cliff has tips to help you capture your Valentine’s memories in the best way possible.
Mithun Dev suggests: (1) Use a real camera: As soon as the sun (or the lights) goes down, so does the quality of a smartphone. Use a real DSLR camera for sharper, high-resolution even in low light. In this case, bigger really is better.
(2) Set the right mood: Try to maintain the ambiance of the environment. If you’re using flash, adjust the shutter speed on your camera to be slower to control the effect of the natural light in an image. A longer shutter speed allows more ambient light in. This can help maintain warmth and mood in the photo.
(3) Posing is important: When photographing a loved one, find a flattering angle. A woman looks best if you’re above her with something other than a wide angle lens. That’s why so many selfies are taken looking up! Don’t be afraid to lose someone in interesting light with some shadows. A photo doesn’t need to be overlit, and shadows are ok in the right places. This can lend an air of mystery and romance to your photos as well!
(4) Make your Valentine look their best one: The slightest adjustment of where you focus can really enhance an image – for example, focus on their eyes for the greatest connection. Be patient. Take more than a few frames so you can see a sequence to give variety and don’t be afraid to move around.
(5) More light is not always better light: If you’re eating dinner either at home or at a restaurant, you can use a few candles to create a romantic lighting schematic to give a warm, moody feel.
(6) Emphasize your subject: For a blurred, professional looking background, create depth of field. When capturing a loved one, get close to your subject and keep your subject away from her background. The closer you are to your subject and the further he or she is from the background, the more blur you can get in the background giving your photos a more professional look and really emphasizing your love!