The Camera Element In A Portrait Shoot

Few folks understand the importance of the camera in a photo shoot. The camera is best a mechanical picture capturing device most of the time, it is a tool that yields results once used the proper manner. Photographers refer to a number of parameters when it comes to the design of the camera and they can be listed out in the below.


At the most fundamental level, the aperture is nothing but the opening through which light enters the camera. There is an interesting “f” number that is used to describe the setting of the aperture of any camera. The larger the f number, the more widely open is the aperture of the camera.

A narrow aperture would mean a lesser f number and in turn produces depth to the picture. In the case of portraits, there really is very little that depth has to do with the exposure and hence the typical short distance shoots are done with the wider aperture settings.

Another interesting feature of using the aperture is to blur out the surrounding of the picture leaving the viewer with just the main subject alone focused in the center.

Focusing the camera

The modern day digital cameras come with an auto focus function which focuses on to the subject at the center of the field of vision. Often in professional level photography, it is never that the focus be centered at the center of vision of the lens but towards a side of the picture as often is the case.

Some of the advanced digital cameras do have the facility to focus to the side of the subject and on an area designated by the shooter. Multiple focus points too have been tried out to good effect too most of the time. It must be said here that the focus point must be so chosen to get the subject to appear the most alluring. In large blowups the focus point is shifted to within the main picture to achieve the desired effect most of the time.

Film feed of the camera

With the latest of cameras going in for automated film feed that ensures that the film is fed into the camera as it is getting used up, there is little by way of a delay between shots. This helps in many situations where such a rapid exposure is needed to be done.

When using a motorized film feed, the chances of the film getting stuck in the camera does not arise. Moreover it is possible to shoot off a string of exposures done in quick time too.  


It is indeed doubtful that such a thing as a perfect camera exists in reality.  But each photographer tends to pick up a piece that suits his requirements more than any other’s.  With the kind of flexibility on offer the camera is one of the most unpredictable of features to be borne on the photographer. It is a mistake to consider that technology and the innovations have made a huge difference but it is at the end of the day the person behind the camera.

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