Basic Tips for Better Portraits

Some tips and things to practice:

Light

  • Avoid using the flash if possible.
  • Go outside or use a large window for natural light.
  • Watch out for shadows on the face.
  • Avoid strong backlight.
  • Avoid light directly in subject’s eyes.

Background

  • Neutral and simple are best.
  • Position your subject away from the wall. A flash can cause shadows.
  • No poles or trees growing out of her head.

Framing

  • Fill the frame.
  • Think rule of thirds.
  • Get closer.
  • Try different angles.

Positioning

  • Avoid the mugshot.
  • If the person can do something with their hands it often makes them more relaxed.
  • Ask person to do something.
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