key skill Por­trait tips

How to frame, pose and light your shots

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

Be con­sis­tent

The three im­ages need to look like they be­long to­gether. Here a black back­drop and con­sis­tent light­ing with flash help to keep things look­ing uni­form – other op­tions in­clude a con­sis­tent colour theme or an un­chang­ing com­po­si­tion.

Stay loose

If you know you’ll be us­ing a shot in a trip­tych, you’ll give your­self more op­tions if you frame it fairly loosely to leave room around the edges. This will give you more free­dom to crop or ro­tate the im­age when po­si­tion­ing it later.

Find a bal­ance

Think about bal­ance and sym­me­try. If your sub­ject is look­ing one way, for ex­am­ple, grab another shot when they’re look­ing the op­po­site way so the two frames will bal­ance one another out when po­si­tioned side by side.

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