The Classic Window Portrait
Windows are your friend. I have shot many portraits by positioning my subject in a chair slightly turned towards window, backed up and zoomed in best I could, opened the aperture all the way, and focused on the eyes.
The last two were taken in the exact same place. Differnet lens, and a bedsheet draped over a light stand to be backdrop.
The Classic Window Portait setup.
- Window to the side and in front of subject (and side lighting, but some sneaks around and fills in other side). Play with subject angle and nose direction (towards camera/out window and in between)
- Back up as much as possible and zoom in. This compresses the face and helps make the background blurry.
- Aperture all the way open. Again, we can't control our background so we just want a creamy smooth buttery blur.
- If one has a fill device, use it.