To take a great portrait you don’t need the latest high-tech equipment or a studio- although this can help. All you need is a camera, a model and the time to experiment.
I took all these shots within 1km of my flat using my Pentax K1000 35mm camera (around £100/$139).
When shooting outdoors always look for where the sun is in the sky- light is a vital factor in creating a striking portrait. Golden hour is a great time to shoot photography outside but if the light is strong it creates lots of interesting options..
BUT if you live in England or somewhere similar, the chances are if you’re waiting for sun you’ll never take a single photo. So if the light is dull look for an interesting composition or location to detract from the lack of light.
Think about your background wether it adds to the image or detracts the focus. Graffiti can be a great way to add some colour to your image. If you just want the subject to be in focus make sure they’re standing at least one step away from the background to allow some depth in your image.
Framing your subject
Use what have around you; trees, building, graffiti etc. For example, in the image below by looking up at the building it not only frames the image it makes the subject more imposing. Flowers are also a great way to add colour and fill the frame.
Have fun and experiment
Photography is all about enjoyment and learning from the mishaps. When shooting portraits on film I would always recommend shooting different angles of the same shot.
Thankfully I took two shots in this location, despite the frame counter telling me different, the first image just happened to be the first of the roll.