Optimal Camera Settings for School Portraits

Choosing the right camera options will help you get the most from your home taken school portraits. The wrong settings will cause the photos to turn out less than desirable. Taking your child's school portraits at home is much less expensive, and can be done by keeping a few things in mind.


The aperture refers to the amount of light that is allowed to enter the camera sensor. The smaller the number, the more light is allowed to enter the field. The best field depth and lowest amount of distortion can be achieved with an aperture of f/8 or f/11. 

Shutter Speed

The faster the shutter speed the better for school portraits. Even if you don't think you're child will move around during the photo shoot, it's best to have a speed of at least 1/100th of a second at minimum. 


ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera. The lower the number, the more sensitive the camera is to light exposure. When taking school portraits at home, they will turn out best if taken outdoors in natural light. Because of this, the best ISO to use will be either 100 or 200. Try to take a few shots at the 200 setting first, if these look a little blurred, you can adjust it back to 100 and try again.

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