Midjourney, the text-to-image generative AI is getting more popular after each of its new versions is released.
For those who don’t know what Midjourney is all about
Midjourney is a text-to-image AI model that uses machine learning algorithms to generate a set of four images based on the user input known as “prompt”. It not only generates images but also upscales and makes variations of those images in a single click of a button.
A prompt is nothing but a text description in human language. Those who know how to write good Midjourney prompts, will produce wonderful artwork in just a few seconds.
Does Midjourney Create Portraits?
Yes, Midjourney has the capability to create stunning portraits of living, non-living, or persons who don’t even exist. You can even try your own portraits in different art mediums by using your images as prompts.
The thing is how you prompt. Though prompts with normal words can bring beautiful portraits sometimes, it is essential to use photographic keywords to explore many portrait styles.
You can take reference from the below Midjoruney portraits or try free prompt generators to create beautiful portraits and/ or backgrounds for portraits.
In this article, you will learn photorealistic photo techniques that include film types, indoor and outdoor lighting, camera angles, lens settings, and usage context.
Also, some of the Midjourney concepts, such as creating consistent characters, turning self-portraits into any character of your choice, and blending images for photorealism.
All prompts shown in this article are solely our own findings. I have spent countless hours experimenting with prompts to generate wonderful photorealistic portrait visuals.
Note: I have used the current Midjourney version (v4) to create the photorealistic portraits below.
50 Midjourney Photorealistic Portrait Prompts
headshot photography of an extremely anxious woman, sweating, police car lights, HD
a gang of five masculine men, posing body building poses, low angle shot from the floor, hyperrealistic, studio lighting
an award winning portrait photography of a Somalian kid eating a burger, hunger and happiness face, bokeh effect, surrounded by a queue of kids, high quality
a woman with long black hair and a white shirt, featured on Instagram, samikshavad, uhd image, studio portrait, white background
a woman with long black hair and a white shirt, studio lighting, samikshavad, uhd image, studio portrait, white background
a woman in a red jacket and scarf, a portrait by Joseph Pisani, trending on cg society, maximalism, 35mm lens, dslr camera, shallow depth of field
a hyperrealistic long shot of a stylish fashion model, ramp walk, smiling face, on a beautifully decorated stage, full shot, ellipsoidal lights, highly detailed
a close-up shot of a cheetah running faster, motion blur, sunny day, UHD
photorealisitc shot of a blue whale jumping out of the ocean, fast shutter speed, 1/1000 sec shutter, extreme long shot, taken from a ship, sunny day
Film still, over-the-shoulder shot of two men having an angry discussion, eyepatch, from Fight Club movie
a street photography of a group of women, dslr shot, wide angle shot, day light, shallow depth of field, tall buildings, intricate details
a fast shutter speed shot of a bullet traveling through a glass container, glass and bullet flying in the air, cinematic style, HD
a photograph of a seed growing in soil, macro lens, majestic
A macro shot of a butterfly perched on a leaf, shot on Lomography XPro 200 –q 2
A landscape photo of a sunset over the ocean, silhouettes of palm trees in the foreground, Fujifilm Pro 400H –q 2
A black and white photo of an elderly couple holding hands on a park bench, shot on Tri-X 400 –q 2
A close-up shot of a flower in bloom with dew drops on the petals, macro lens, macro photo –q 2
A street photography shot of a group of people walking down a busy city street, wide angle, Fujifilm Pro 400H –q 2
A candid shot of a child playing in a park, a blurred background of trees and other kids, bokeh effect –q 2
A portrait of a person with colorful tattoos, medium shot, waist shot –s 750
A macro shot of a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, macro lens, macro photo, golden hour
a landscape photo of a mountain range at dawn, with a lone tree in the foreground, cyanotype
a portrait of an elderly person in a park, capturing the character and wisdom in their face, medium shot, waist shot, color splash
A candid shot of a street performer, flock of birds, double exposure, natural evening light, ISO 1000
A still life photo of a bouquet of flowers arranged in an unexpected and unique way, high-key lighting
A landscape photo of a vast desert landscape, with a lone camel or oasis in the distance, overheard sunlight, midday –ar 3:2
A ragged man in the style of Fight Club, surrounded by a gang of men, backlighting, close-up shot
A close-up of a hummingbird hovering over a flower, fast shutter speed, 300mm focal length camera, UHD
A family of elephants playing in a river, extreme long shot, wide shot, blue hour
A portrait photograph of a musician playing their instrument, cold lighting, a low aperture and a fast shutter speed to freeze the action
A close-up photograph of a piece of jewelry or accessory, detailed textures and shine of the piece, warm lighting
a 30 year old photo of a blonde woman, wearing a light green gilet, rimless glass, editorial fashion photography, from Vogue magazine
Consistent Character Photorealistic Portraits
Now, let’s make a single AI-generated character and place her in multiple attires and different places. This is what is known as building consistent character in Midjourney.
A portrait of a young woman with short curly hair, wearing a bright red scarf and a contemplative expression, standing in front of a graffiti-covered wall –q 2
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A portrait of the young woman wearing a formal dress and holding a bouquet of flowers –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A candid shot of the young woman with short curly hair, wearing a cozy sweater and sitting in front of a fireplace –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A full-body shot of the young woman wearing workout clothes and jogging in a park –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg a portrait of the young woman wearing a retro-style outfit, complete with bold sunglasses and a headscarf –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A candid shot of the young woman sitting on a bench in a busy city park –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A full-body shot of the young woman hiking in the mountains, with a stunning vista behind her –seed 2262911221
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A portrait of the young woman standing in front of a historic building in a bustling downtown area, color splash –seed 226291122
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A close-up shot of the young woman sitting on a porch swing, with a lush garden in the background, muted colors –seed 226291122
https://s.mj.run/xpB3OKw1-pg A portrait of the young woman standing on a pier overlooking a serene lake:: 1.5 with mist rising off the water in the early morning:: –seed 226291122
Image as Prompts: Turn your Self-Portrait into Anything Photorealistic
Apart from text prompts, Midjourney accepts Image as part of prompts. Using images as part of your prompts, you can even create your self-portraits into whatever character you want.
https://s.mj.run/_RZ9caWrdvw as a super man
https://s.mj.run/_RZ9caWrdvw low angle shot as a superman, full body portrait, high fidelity, shot from below –seed 2614795054
https://s.mj.run/_RZ9caWrdvw low angle shot as a Batman, full body portrait, high fidelity, tilted frame, 35°, Dutch angle –seed 2614795054
https://s.mj.run/Q77lu1m-JfM a marble statue, still life photography –s 750
https://s.mj.run/Q77lu1m-JfM 35° tilted camera shot of a horror woman scene, terrific
https://s.mj.run/0fzFvEHaWcI an aerial shot of military airbase, misty atmosphere, ISO 2000, night photography
Image Blending Photorealistic Prompts
Image blending is a concept in Midjourney that allows you to blend multiple images of your choice. For image blending, you don’t need to use any text prompt.
Image blending allows you to create photorealistic portraits without even using any prompts!
https://s.mj.run/CGN_iDPJiwc https://s.mj.run/Y85WUx347Sk https://s.mj.run/gn8-M-pKLJI
https://s.mj.run/NkeSUQTtbsw https://s.mj.run/tu4b_xrCyrs https://s.mj.run/4dM-ZfyGaoY
Did you like all these photorealistic Midjourney-generated images?
If yes, you must also check out our Midjourney eBook in which I have boiled down things and presented templates for not only photorealistic images but many categories: