Ad­vice and ideas to help you cap­ture eye- catch­ing por­traits

Amateur Photographer - - Competition -

Go to work

Tak­ing a pic­ture of some­one where they work is a great way to tell a story about their life. What’s more, when the sub­ject is com­fort­able with their en­vi­ron­ment they are more likely to look re­laxed and un­posed.

Keep it sim­ple

Some­times the face of your sub­ject will say it all, so keep the back­ground sim­ple and make sure that the colours re­ally com­ple­ment your sub­ject. Here, eye con­tact was less cru­cial than cap­tur­ing the lady’s ex­pres­sion.

Con­sider a crop

Film­mak­ers are quite fond of crop­ping heads to draw at­ten­tion to a sub­ject’s eyes and/or state of mind. But if you de­cide to do this make sure that it looks in­ten­tional, oth­er­wise it just looks like poor fram­ing.

Cap­ture re­la­tion­ships

Hu­mans are highly so­cia­ble be­ings, and some of the most pow­er­ful pic­tures cel­e­brate this need for con­nec­tion. Creat­ing such pic­tures takes ob­ser­va­tion and de­mands re­spect for your sub­ject(s).

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