Many portrait photography tips involve the technical aspects of taking a picture. However, there are three other often overlooked tips that when used can transform a good shot into an excellent portrait.
Tell a story
Put the person in a setting that reflects something about the subject. For example, if you are taking a portrait of someone who loves the outdoors, don’t take their portrait inside – go outside. If someone is most at home while in the kitchen cooking, go there to take the photograph. I call these, “Life Portraits.” You should strive to capture the essence of the person within the image.
Does this photograph sum up that person? Can you tell what moves them from looking at the scene? It should be immediately evident what this person is passionate about when anyone sees the portrait. Additionally, the person will be more comfortable in front of the camera when they are in a place they love. Let’s call it their “happy place.” Their body language will change in this place. They will be more relaxed, comfortable, and empowered because they love that place.
For example, take the woman who is known for practically living in her garden. Take her portrait right in her garden. Now, this doesn’t mean have her stand there and simply smile for the camera. Have her interact with the garden. Consider a camera angle that is low to the ground and have her interact with her garden.
Take a second or two to think about what you want the photo to “say.” Look around at the environment. Is this the best spot and angle to take the shot? You and/or your subject may need to move slightly to crop out a distracting object. Of course, the opposite is true as well. Consider moving slightly to include a better background. Take that time and use the best backdrop and lighting available.
Have fun and make your subject comfortable. Tell a story or a joke; put them at ease. Also, people like direction. You have the camera in your hand which makes you the expert. You are the boss at that moment. Embrace this position and use it to create better images. If you see something that is a little off, let the person know, and ask them to adjust the situation. For example, if one side of their shirt collar is sticking up, just casually mention it and ask them to fix it. They will appreciate it when you give them the finished portrait.
The three portrait photography tips above are meant to help you create better portrait photos, and inspire you to get out there and just start taking pictures. For more Portrait Photography Tips go to www.photographyspy.com
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