At its most basic a portrait is a picture of a person; but there is actually an art to shooting this kind of picture that’s a mix of many sophisticated elements. Anybody can pick up a digital camera today and take a picture – and it is part of the magnificence of digital photography – yet to take those portrait photos to the next stage calls for a little more consideration, understanding and plenty of practice.
The more complicated the scene is the less likely you are to get a photo that is fantastic. Keep the background scenes minimalist, use natural light wherever you can, in case you need to use artificial light try to keep it simple and work with only a few lights.
Be as organized as you can before your subject comes. If you are taking pictures in a studio make sure your lighting is all set and camera put in place and good to go. When you are shooting on location you should know exactly where you would like to photograph. Have your camera’s options all set and also do several test shots before the subject comes. By doing this you will not keep them waiting and be able to take pictures when they are rested.
The majority of portrait pictures are made having the camera at (or near) the level of the eyes of the person who is photographed. Although this is ok sound judgment – completely altering the angle that you photograph from could give your picture a real amazing aspect.
It is remarkable to what extent the direction of the subject’s eyes could have an effect on a photo. Many portrait pictures have the subject looking straight at the camera. However there are a few of some other things to consider. Have the subject center their focus on something hidden and away from the field of view of the camera. That could produce a sense of candidness and furthermore make a little interest and curiosity as the person looking at the photo may ask what the subject is looking at. This interest is especially driven when the subject is expressing some emotion. Only bear in mind that if you have the subject looking beyond frame you could likewise draw the eye of the person watching the photo from the photo to the edge of the picture as well – taking them far from the point of attention in your photo – the subject. As an alternative you can have the subject looking at a thing (or a person ) inside of the frame. A kid looking at a toy, a lady looking at her newborn …. If you give the subject an item to look at that is within the frame you produce a 2nd point of attention and a connection between it and your main subject. This furthermore helps develop ‘story’ within the picture.
Certain people will not look great in a posed setting therefore moving over to a candid type technique can do the job. Take pictures of your subject at the office, with family members or doing anything that they enjoy. That will make them more comfortable and you can find yourself getting some unique pictures with them responding naturally to the scenario.