5 ways to get good portrait picture

by Fairul Hafifi

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Eye Contact

It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact a picture. Most portraits have the subject trying down the lens – one thing that can create a real sense of affiliation between a theme and those viewing the image. However there are a couple of different things to try:

Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on one thing unseen and out of doors the sector of view of your camera. This could produce a feeling of candidness and also produce a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. This intrigue is significantly drawn about when the topic is showing some reasonably emotion.  Just remember that when you’ve got a subject matter looking out of frame that you’ll additionally draw the attention of the viewer of the shot to the edge of the image also – taking them off from the purpose of interest in your shot – the subject.

Looking inside the frame – alternatively you may have your subject looking at one thing inside the frame. A kid trying at a ball, a girl trying at her new baby, a man wanting hungrily at a big plate of pasta…. Once you offer your subject something to look at that is within the frame you create a second purpose of interest and a relationship between it and your primary subject. It also helps produce ‘story’ at intervals the image.

Experiment with Lighting

Another component of randomness that you’ll introduce to your portraits is the approach that you just lightweight them. There are virtually unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits.Side-lighting will produce mood, backlighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.Using techniques like slow synch flash will produce an impressive wow factor.

Shoot Candidly

Sometimes posed shots will look somewhat…. posed. Some people don’t look smart in a very posed atmosphere and so switching to a candid sort approach will work.

Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love. This will place them more relaxed and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the case that they are in. You would possibly even need to grab a longer zoom lens to take you out of their immediate zone and get really paparazzi with them.

Get Close Up

Get a lens with an extended focal length attached to your camera – or get right in close thus that you can just photograph a part of your subject. Photographing an individual’s hands, eyes, mouth or maybe simply their lower body… can leave a ton to the imagination of the viewer of an image.

Take a Series of Shots

Switch your camera into ‘burst’ or ‘continuous shooting’ mode and hearth off a lot of than one shot at a time.In doing this you produce a series of pictures that would be presented along rather than just one static image.This technique will work terribly well once you’re photographing youngsters – or extremely any active subject that’s changing their position or cause in quick succession.


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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

bronx ny homes for sale December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Ya!!!! eye contact is very important factor during photography. if you want to good photo then your eye contact will be good with camera.


Fashion Photographer December 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Great article. You also could mention about how camera angle changes a portrait… For example shooting from a low angles can make your subject seem taller and sometimes more powerful.


Lomo Photography December 20, 2011 at 12:25 am

Good tips I like the ideas you give about shooting up close with an extended focus lens. Some portraits are so charming when your subjects eyes are right in the lens.


kevin December 27, 2011 at 3:22 am

eye contact is very important but some of the best shoots i’ve had are with out it. I like the natural settings of a unsuspecting person. some times eye contact just give it a posed look. very well written article. There is a lot of great information in it.


famous photographers December 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

I prefer to have my subject looking off camera and least for a few shots to give them that candid look.


image masking January 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm

wow! what a amazing tips to get good portrait! u’ve done really gr8 job 🙂


digital-camera-user January 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Practice makes perfect!


Salim Ahmed January 27, 2016 at 12:42 am

Really you point out some great factor to get good portrait picture.


Portrait retouching Services May 18, 2017 at 2:42 pm

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