It takes just a minute or so to set your camera to the right exposure. Therefore, get it right before you head outdoors so that once you are on location, you can immediately begin to conduct daylight portrait photography.

First of all, you will want to make sure that your depth-of-field is limited by setting your camera to aperture-priority mode. A recommendation is that you begin your daylight portrait photography by shooting at f/5.6.

It is alright to increase the ISO rating to 400 when your shutter speed is low enough to risk camera shakes. Also, activate the image stabilization feature of your camera if you have it.

Daylight Portrait Photography Tips #2 – About Metering

When it comes to metering you will most likely find the multi-zone pattern working out absolutely fine for you.

However, when you’re photographing a close-up shot of a rather tanned or darker skinned person, there might be a need for you to raise the exposure compensation of about one to two stops.

Daylight Portrait Photography Tips #3 – Central-Point Focus or Multi-Point AF?

We recommend that you conduct your daylight portrait photography shoot with your camera set to Central-point Focus and not Multi-point AF. Setting your camera to Central-point Focus lowers the risk of your camera’s ability to mistakenly focus onto your model’s brows or nose instead of their eyes.

Here’s what you ought to do; hover the central AF point towards the eyes of your model. Now, half-depress the shutter button so that it locks focus. Finally, recompose the shoot!

Daylight Portrait Photography Tips #4 – Daylight Portraits in Black and White

Although you can set your camera to Auto (AWB) and shoot with White Balance, you will probably want to adjust your camera’s setting at the scene itself.

This helps ensure that the preset will be most suitable according to the scene and situation. Take note of this especially if you’re going to only shoot in JPEG format.

Nonetheless, we suggest that it is best if you could shoot your daylight portrait photographs in both RAW and JPEG. Doing this allows you to review smaller JPEG images on your computer.

When you open and process your RAW files, you will gain access to greater image quality as well as better adjustments if White Balance exposures.


Posing Secrets is a recommended guide for you to follow and learn from if you are serious and wish to improve your portrait photography skills.

Most photographers have gained their success with this step-by-step guide and can now take professional standard portraits (seriously!).