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It’s amazing how many people forget the simple things. Whether you’re shooting inside or out, find an uncluttered background and make sure the subject is standing a good distance in front of it – at least two metres, preferably more. If your Olympus camera offers control over the aperture, choose a wide aperture such as f/4 – and focus on the person’s eyes for a pro finish.

Get in close Photojournalist Robert Capa once said: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” When we take portraits, we often stand too far away, producing pictures which lack impact. Get in close and turn the camera upright for a portrait frame.


Your Olympus PEN comes with a selection of Art Filters, many of which lend themselves perfectly to portrait images. If you want to create a softer, more pastel portrait try the Soft Focus or the Pale & Light Colour filters, while for a more punchy, vibrant result give the Pop Art or Dramatic Tone filter a whirl. If, on the other hand, you prefer a nostalgic look, the Gentle Sepia filter will work a treat, while Grainy Film adds a gritty black & white look. OLYMPUS MAGAZINE ■ DECEMBER 2012

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