How to adjust Canon EOS R portrait settings?

It was in 2018 that the Canon EOS R first arrived. Without an optical low pass filter, it has the familiar 30.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor. The device is paired with a new powerful DIGIC 8 image processor that gives you a 100-40,0000 native ISO range, and up to 8 fps continuous shooting. Like the current Canon DSLRs, the Canon EOS R flip camera has Dual Pixel AF, but with 5,655 selectable AF points and 100 percent horizontal and nearly 90 percent vertical coverage, it overthrows the existing models. This camera has been given a weather-sealed magnesium alloy shell by the Canon company. In addition, with 3.69 million dots, an impressive 0.76x magnification, and a great 23 mm eyepoint, users will get a 0.5-inch OLED electronic viewfinder. At 30 frames per second, EOS R is able to record 4K(UHD).

Portrait photographs captured with Canon EOS R

How to shoot outstanding portrait photos with Canon EOS R?

STEP 1. Using Wide Aperture

It is better to set a wide aperture (f/2.8-f/5.6) when taking portrait shots to obtain a shallow depth of field, making the background beautifully blurred behind your subject and giving them quite a standout. You can also use special portrait lenses that will give you even wider openings (around f/1.4-f/2.8) to further blur the background.

STEP 2. Higher ISO

As they are photographed, people blink and constantly change their facial expression, and there is nothing worse than a photo where someone grins instead of smiling or half blinking. You will need a fast shutter speed to avoid these types of issues and avoid motion blur appearing on your captured photos. This will help you avoid shakes from the camera and guarantee sharp shots. So, go for wide aperture in the Aperture priority mode and increase the ISO shutter speed (around 100 ISO to 400 ISO). Sometimes you may need to increase your ISO to 1,600, 3,2000 or even 6,400 in low light conditions (indoors or outdoors maybe). It might get a little grainy in your captured picture, but it’s better than a useless photo.

STEP 3. Pick a perfect background for your subject

The background is just as important as the topic for taking a nice portrait shot. The importance of the topic will be taken away from the viewers by a distracting background. Use a neutral and uncluttered background while taking portrait shots, so the audience will not get distracted as much. It does not, however, necessarily mean using a plain background, such as a musician in front of his guitar, or a fisherman in front of his boat. You can add a pop of color or texture by using an interesting wall or a fence. All of this is up to your decision.

STEP 4. Focus on the eyes of the subject

When the eyes of the subject are sharply focused, the portrait photos look better. This produces a powerful, engaging photo and enhances the eye contact between the subject and the viewer. So make sure to carefully set your focus points when capturing portraits, particularly with shallow field depth. To do that, go to your camera’s viewfinder and use AF to select the central AF point, then position the central focus point directly over the eyes of the subject, and then half-press the shutter button of the camera to lock the focus if necessary. Now, to recreate your shot, move your camera a bit and press the shutter button to capture the error-free shot.

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