Settings for Portraiture

To enable me to capture images with appropriate settings (and not have to kick myself when I get home for having wasted a photo opportunity due to inappropriate settings) I apply what I call the SAIFFER settings (Shutter-­Aperture‐ISO-­Focus-­Focal Length-Exposure-­Raw).

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SAIFFER Settings Set up your camera with the following settings:

  • Shutter Speed: Use1/60 sec or faster (using slower shutter speeds may result in subject blur).
  • Aperture Priority: Use f/4 for full frame sensors or f/2.8 for crop sensors. Use the maximum aperture if your lens does not open to these wider apertures.
  • ISO: No higher than 800
  • Focus and Focal length: 50-70mm (equivalent) and ensure the eyes are sharp.
  • Exposure: Ensure there is no loss of detail in shadows or highlights (adjust if required by reviewing the histogram on the camera).
  • Raw: Set the ‘Quality’ to Raw.

One of the creative projects on my Sony Alpha Workshops is how to create Professional Portraits (I supply the models). Go to http://www.markgaler.com/sony-alpha-creative-workshops to find out more.

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