How to Adjust Canon 5D Mark II Portrait Settings?

How to shoot portrait photo with Canon 5D Mark II?

Canon 5D Mark II has already been termed as the world’s best DSLR for landscape and nature shooting. The camera also shows no mercy to its competition when it comes to portrait photography. The advanced portrait settings of Canon 5D Mark II has simply turned out to an addiction for photographers. One of the biggest reason of its popularity come from its advanced technology compared to its over-priced competitors.

Moreover, the camera is lightweight and easy to operate so you would surely love while clicking your favorite portrait shots with Canon 5D Mark II. But wait, if you are a beginner and doesn’t know much about portrait photography, go by the following steps and guidelines to get the best out of portrait photography with this masterpiece.


Portrait Photography Settings for Canon 5D Mark II

Portrait Lens for Canon 5d Mark II - EF 24-105mm
Portrait Lens for Canon 5d Mark II – EF 24-105mm

Step 1.

Mastering the focus in portraiture

In portraiture, the eyes of the subject should be in sharpest focus. Though there are exceptions, yet the subject’s eyes must be in focus if he or she is looking straight into the camera. This is where you can bring the autofocus function into use. The Autofocus function is a master tool that gives you confidence of keeping the desired subject in focus. 5D Mark II can shoot through the viewfinder even if the subject is moving which is ideal for capturing the best shots of children.


So, while you are still learning about bringing the best portrait shot with Canon 5D Mark II, first learn about focusing to the desired object.

Step 2.

Finding great subjects for portraits

Start from your home. Your family members and friends can be your subjects. If you are a beginner and want to click amazing photos with Canon 5D Mark 11, but feeling shaky about approaching models and strangers, your buddies can be more than enough for the purpose.


It’s a given that a portrait shot requires lot of patience and attention from both the photographer and the subject. Hence, try bringing someone which can support your during the whole process without any complain.

Step 3.

Shooting back-light images

In case, the location of your portraiture does not have proper shaded areas, or, if there is a problem with the hard light on your model, it is best to put the sun directly behind the model or out of the frame. It will give you the opportunity to capture the golden glow, while also catching the subject’s outline.


This is where shooting the portraits in the golden hour(during the sunset) is highly recommended as you will be getting the best shading and lighting for your favorite portrait shot.

Step 4.

Choosing the picture style settings

Portrait Style

Landscape Style

Monochrome Style

Canon provides the opportunity to obtain maximum image quality by selecting from various picture styles, with each of them having distinct sharpening, contrast and color rendition. You can customize each of them in the menu or with the Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software provided by Canon. In the beginning, the saturation and color tones are set to get warmer skin tones. You have lots of room to experiment in the Portrait picture Style.

Step 5.

Taking advantage of image processing facility

The sensor of Canon EOS 5D Mark II is backed by a powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The operations like HD video recording, Face Detection Live Mode, Lighting, Lens Peripheral optimization, etc. gets enhanced with the same feature. The camera also offers a complete 14-bit A/D conversion that delivers finer tonal gradation for incredible prints.

Canon 5D Mark II can give you stunning portraits that you have always dreamed of.

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