How to photograph anything: best camera settings for perfect portrait photography

Best camera settings for indoor portrait photography

Best camera settings for indoor portrait photography

There will probably be much lower light levels indoors, so make sure the shutter speed is fast enough to get sharp shots. If you find the shutter speed drops below 1/60sec at the aperture you're using, increase the ISO to compensate.

A lens such as the 50mm f/1.8 is the ideal option for indoor portraits, as the wide maximum aperture allows you to use a lower ISO setting, but unless it's a very bright room you will still need to use ISO 400.

Using these extremely wide apertures will also produce shallow depth of field, so you need to make sure that you have focused accurately.

How to set up your camera for indoor portraits

Get great portrait results in low light with these settings

ISO 400 or higher
To use shutter speeds fast enough to avoid camera shake in low light, set the ISO to 400 and ensure the shutter speed is 1/60sec or faster.

Aperture f/2
With the camera in Aperture Priority mode, use the input dial to select a wide aperture. Using a prime lens such as a 50mm f/1.8, try selecting f/2.

Exposure mode Aperture Priority (A or Av)

Lens 50mm

Shutter speed Set by camera

Focus mode Single or one shot

Drive mode Single shot

White balance Auto


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