In general, beginners in photography tend to incorporate many elements into their photos, so much empty space around the subject. Similarly, when shooting.
Many people use a lens with a focus distance of around 50mm, too far from the model, making the subject they take to be small in the image display.
Doubts about approaching the subject until the closest distance you have to remove.
So, if you want to use a lens with a shorter focal length, it’s better if you shoot the subject more closely.
Consider the following two examples: first, take a picture with a 50mm lens (on a full frame camera) and second, draw near to the subject with a telephoto lens at a 120mm setting.
Notice which portrait results are closer? In which photo do you feel more focused and close to the model?
- USE THE RULE PRINCIPLE OF THIRDS
Photographing people in their position in the middle of the display is normal and boring. Use the Rule of Thirds principle, if you want to apply it in your photography process.
Place the subject not in the center of the photo area to increase attraction. There are two ways to add composition in the same photo in a photo shoot.
First, that is, don’t place the model in the center of the photo field, this can make the photo colorless.
Second, cut a few empty parts, so that the model is no longer in the middle of the image display, this makes the image more focused and dynamic than the previous one.
After you notice, shooting horizontally for head shots is a better way. But what if you want to try it vertically? If you do it, use your subject’s eyes as the main focus, for placement on the rule of thirds.
This is not arranged in such a way, but later we will discuss further about understanding the rules, but this is a good point to start.
Try to tilt your camera slightly, it might be more interesting and the model’s eyes are right at the focus set previously.
So, even though the model is placed in the position between angles, pay attention to the relationship between the eyes and face in appearance.
If you want to leave a lot of space around the subject, know why you should do that. The space must be functioned and made for the purpose of certain purposes.
There are many reasons why you should leave a little space around the subject and pay attention to how much space is enough.
- FEED A LITTLE SPACE ABOUT THE HEAD OF THE SUBJECT
We have discussed earlier about the approach to the subject, another problem that is opposite is that there is not enough space provided above the subject’s head.
You don’t want it right? If the photo looks so narrow and very mediocre in appearance? So leave a little space to look better. You must practice this and make it the best experience in shooting.
- SEE ALSO THE SHOES FOR A GREAT PHOTO BASIC
This one usually tends not to be noticed (excessive empty space) or other (narrow space). Yes, shooting head shots that are very focused can indeed look so amazing, dynamic and memorable.
But, the head also needs something around it so that it doesn’t look odd, like just taking a head shot.
Pay attention to the statues in the museum, when you see the statue, what is under his head as a complement? Right, a pair of shoulders, this is also needed in photography.
In shooting head shots, the head also needs a basis in photos as a complement.
- STREET THE ROOM IN THE SUBJECT EQUIPMENT
We are discussing space again. As we discussed above, this becomes very contrast when both are done together.
When the distance is closer to the subject and leaves more room, this is done to get the right balance, how much space is left and where it is placed.
When you photograph someone with just one style, ideally you want to leave more space in front of your subject.
Allowing that space to look wider to the back of the photo. With the rest of the space, the photo will look better. When the subject stays in one style or moves position.
- WATCH WHEN YOU CROP THE BODY PART
Avoid not cutting off the legs or arms of your subject, just leave the body parts there or cut them on the elbows or knees.
When you cut the smallest part of your subject’s body, it will look abnormal. Like something was missed or there was an error. But when you get closer everything will be clear and you take more focus.
Cutting off the smallest parts of the body will have a big impact. The model looks like losing a few fingers and it’s odd.
As well as rather close so that the head of the model becomes more focused in portraits, as a whole and seems more colorful.
- UNDERSTANDING THE RULES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Well, after you study and practice these rules, it is time to find out the boundaries and apply and implement them. As we have discussed, you do all that with a specific purpose.
Find out why you are compiling the portrait in your way and what impact it has on the final result of your drawing.
- TRY TO CROP IN THE HEAD PART
Sometimes cutting the image on the head can create a dynamic and interesting impression in shooting.
But, you don’t crop too much on the part or the model you are shooting will look like losing its forehead and the photo looks strange and uneven.
- GIVE MORE ROOMS OUT OF SUBJECTS
Remember we have discussed more space on the front of the subject of your photo and now we will discuss the opposite.
One thing you must remember is that if you want to conquer these rules, you have to do it so you can apply it to your photos.
Again, if you feel that this is good to do, continue. But, know this that you can make valuable decisions and have a good impact on the placement of subjects in the appearance of your photos.
For example, you can place your subject tilted to the left and the remaining space to the right.
This gives a good impression in photos and makes people ask, actually the model is more focused on showing which side? This method can also evoke the atmosphere in your photos, so that it becomes more alive.
- Turn the CAMERA
When you are shooting landscapes or architecture, you usually want to make sure that you take pictures with which position is better, horizontal or vertical.
When you shoot and the subject is behind the window, the best way is to tilt your camera. Shooting in a diagonal position is an interesting way and displays many elements rather than just the position of the camera.
Remember that when you tilt the camera while shooting, this will definitely shift the position of the shoulder.
This can look good. Make one shoulder look taller than the other, so it doesn’t look stiff and if your model can’t do the pose naturally, you can help it by tilting the camera.
- CREATIVE THROUGH SUCH COMPOSITIONS
The last but so important, that is thinking outside the boundary. Dare to be different. Understand the limits in the composition and try to see what happens.
Try these things: the composition of the shooting with the subject is in the position of rule of thirds, and give plenty of space around the head for shooting head shots, different aspects of shooting in a wide and indoor panorama.
The main point is, don’t stick to the rules. In photography, cutting a lot or a few pictures, good or bad, we just want to see different results and give an impression like what. So, keep experimenting.
The description above regarding the composition of photography for the model, aims to give you inspiration in photographing the model / subject, more closely or commonly called headshot.
There are many things that must be considered, most notably the space around the subject so that the photo does not seem to be narrow.
To get the best photos, you must arrange and understand the composition so that the model you photograph looks more attractive. Hopefully this article can be useful for those of you who read it.