5 PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

1. ALTER YOUR VIEWPOINT

Portraits are generally captured with the camera at or around the subject’s eye level. So when you change the angle that you shoot from, your portrait acquires a sensational factor. You can either get up high and shoot down on your subject or get as near to the floor as you can and shoot up. This way you’ll be shooting your subject from an angle that is certain to create attention.

2. PLAY WITH EYE CONTACT

The direction in which your subject looks can have a great effect on the image. Apart from looking at the lens directly, you can try these:

Looking off camera. Make your subject focus at something which is outside the field of your camera. You can achieve this by making him look at something surprising or funny. This creates a curiosity amongst the viewers, as they start wondering what the subject might be looking at.

Looking within the frame. Otherwise you have your subject look at something or someone within the frame. This helps to create an anecdote within the snap.

3. BREAK THE RULES OF COMPOSITION

Place your subject either at the dead center or at the edge. Either way, you can create interesting images. And doing this can lead to spectacular results.

4. EXPERIMENT WITH LIGHTING

There are a number of ways in which you can use light in your portraits. Side-lighting creates mood, backlighting and silhouetting the subject to conceal their features is influential.

5. SHOOT CANDIDLY

There are people who don’t look good in posed shots. So switch to a candid approach. Either make them do something they really love or play paparazzi to them! This particularly works when photographing children.

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