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If you have been in the photography world for a while, at some point you may have experienced some difficulties in portrait photography. You are lucky if you are born with the talent to perfectly capture WOW portrait photos. Well, obviously that is not the case for me. Instead, I was quite unsure when one of my friends asked me to take some shots for her senior photos.
Here are some tips which I learned from my experience playing with portrait photography.
1. Change the Perspective - While it is almost common sense and textbook to take photos at eye level, changing your angle may bring your portrait photography into another level. I would suggest you to play with different angle of shots like low-angle and high-angle. Be creative and explore as much as you can.
3. Staying Focused within the Frame - I would suggest you to be very aware on the frame. Having your model or object out of the frame would distort the message of your image. This doesn't mean that everything has to be at the center of the frame, instead I do encourage you to play with the composition as long as you are aware of the frame.
5. Experiment with Lighting - Lighting in portrait photography is like a turbo booster in a car. It may improve your portrait photography greatly, yet if you cannot handle the lighting well, you will damage your image very easily. The good news is, there is no right or wrong in photography. Feel free to experiment and express yourself through your photos.
7. Don't Stage the Photo - Sometimes it is better to take snapshots for portrait photography, rather than fixed poses. Let your model move, out of his/her comfort zone, and your task is to capture every moment of it.
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9. A Part of the Whole - It is another way to add some creativity into your shots. Instead of capture the whole head, shoulder, neck, hand, etc, you can explore more on portrait photography by focusing on one part of the body. For instance, you can take picture of your model's shoulder with a tattoo, leaving the head out of the frame.
A wise man said that the sap is contained in the whole rose flower
The only burden you will have in portrait photography is your creativity. Once you think out of the box, the possibility is unlimited. My suggestion is to understand the rules of photography, work with them until you feel comfortable. Once you master the rules, try to break them.
Take as many photos as possible. Repetition is the master of skills.
I hope you find the portrait photography tips useful, and happy taking photos :)