Whether you are a beginner or more experienced with photography, there are some tips that will benefit you and give you better results.
Whether you are taking a family portrait, or just snapping shots of your friends, people shots are a popular genre of photography. They can help you preserve precious memories of your loved ones to cherish forever, so it is important to get them right and show you subject at their best.
Whether you are a beginner or more experienced with photography, there are some tips that will benefit you and give you better results. We covered everything from altering your perspective as a photographer, to experimenting with lighting, to shooting candidly. Check out some of our favorite tried-and-true tips to help your photos pop this year.
Get A Flattering Angle
Shooting from a high angle or at eye level will produce the most flattering results for your photos. A low angle shot can accentuate the nostrils and chin which will not represent your model at their best. You can also experiment with getting your subject to look back at the camera over their shoulder, or perhaps not look at the camera at all for a more candid shot.
Compose In Thirdstop
To use the rule of thirds, imagine four lines, two lying horizontally across the image and two vertical creating nine even squares. Some images will look best with the focal point in the center square, but placing the subject off center will often create a more aesthetically composed photograph. When a photograph is composed using the rule of thirds the eyes will wander the frame. A picture composed by the rule of thirds is more interesting and pleasing to the eye.
Avoid Camera Shake
Camera shake or blur is something that can plague any photographer and here are some ways to avoid it. First, you need to learn how to hold your camera properly; use both hands, one around the body and one around the lens and hold the camera close to your body for support. Also make sure you are using a shutter speed that matches the lens focal length.
Fill The Frame
One way to ensure that your subject captures the attention of the viewer of your portrait is to fill the frame with their face. It’s not something that you’d do in every shot that you take – but if your subject is the only feature in the shot – there’s really nowhere else to look.
Set Your Aperture
Using a wide aperture (low f-number) will create a shallow depth of field in your shots. This will blur the background to make your subject stand out in the frame and eliminate any distractions behind them. Just make sure that all of your subject is in focus, as if your aperture is too wide then it could blur the edges of their face.
Get The Light Right
Think about the position of your subject in relation to your light source. If the light is behind them then they will appear underexposed in your shots, with the detail in their face lost in the shadows. You may wish to reposition your model to that are lit from the front or you could use your flash to fill in the missing light.
Experiment With Subject Expressions
In some portraits it is the expression on the face of your subject that makes the image. Get your subject to experiment with different moods and emotions in your image. Play with extreme emotions But also try more sombre or serious type shots.