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Most portraits have the subject looking down the lens – something that can create a real sense of connection between a subject and those viewing the image. Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera.
While this might all sound a little ‘silly’ the shots ended up being featured in a magazine spread about the subject. Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work.
I’ll share ten of these tips today and a further ten tomorrow (update: you can see the 2nd part here).
Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) the eye level of the subject.
Doing this means that you leave a little to the imagination of the image’s viewer but also focus their attention on parts of your subject that you want them to be focused upon.
Switch your camera into ‘burst’ or ‘continuous shooting’ mode and fire off more than one shot at a time.
My theory is that while they are useful to know and employ that they are also useful to know so you can purposely break them – as this can lead to eye catching results.
The Rule of Thirds is one that can be effective to break – placing your subject either dead centre can sometimes create a powerful image – or even creative placement with your subject right on the edge of a shot can sometimes create interesting images.Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them.There are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits.While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor.It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact an image.It was the series of out of the box images that convinced the magazine he was someone that they’d want to feature. Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love.