From awkward poses to children who just won’t stay still, portrait photography can seem like a challenge at the best of times, and it can be difficult trying to get that perfect shot. However, there are certain tips and tricks you can try to make things turn out a little more smoothly.
In this blog post we’ve put together five easy portrait photography tips for taking extra special portraits.
Frame your subject
To add depth to an image and draw the eye to your subject, try framing. Simply put, framing is a technique which involves using one element of your image to draw attention to another.
You could frame your subject by placing them in a doorway, a window or porthole – you could even place their hands to create a frame around their face.
Experiment with backgrounds
Although your main focal point is going to be the person you’re photographing, placing them in various different backgrounds can alter the mood of a shot dramatically. Alternatively, you may just want to go for a more classic black and white look.
Play with angles
Not everything has to be straight up-and-down; sometimes images can appear more fun and dynamic if you hold your camera at an angle. Be bold though, otherwise some may wonder if the shoot is simply crooked.
Wide angle lens
For some creative, dramatic and memorable shots, use a wide angle lens. This works particularly well in busy or unusual settings, and the wide focal lengths can also help you create some brilliant distortion to make things a bit more interesting.
Portrait shots can often appear very static or unnatural and forced. Introducing a bit of movement add life to portrait, if done correctly. You can achieve the look of movement by either moving your camera as you take a photo, getting your subject to move, or leaving your subject still but introducing motion into the background – such as a crowd scene, a pet dog, or another person.
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(featured image: Alicia in the Pool, photo by Angela Strassheim)