The era of the smartphone means that pretty much every person is able to take a “decent” photograph on the move.
However, when it comes to portraits, you really need to go beyond the realms of “decent.” This is something that you must nail to a tee, not least so that the person on the other end of the camera is happy.
Particularly with canvas prints now soaring in popularity, there has never been a better time to perfect your portrait photography and ultimately become more successful at taking photos in this manner. We will now take a look at some of the key areas you should cover so that you can really prosper in this regard.
The background is key
Before we get onto the finer technicalities, let’s firstly talk about the importance of a background.
If the background is too light, it can result in a silhouette. This is because when there’s a bright light behind the person you are photographing, the camera tends to place less exposure on them.
Of course, if you simply must take your photo against a light background there are ways in which you can mitigate this issue. Some cameras have exposure compensation. This means that you can overexposure your photo by a couple of stops and at least lessen the effects of the bright background. If this still isn’t sufficient, you might have to consider changing your background completely.
It’s not all about your own photography skills
While a lot of the best techniques for portraits relate to the way in which you use the camera, your subject has to put some work in as well. In simple terms, they have to dress accordingly.
The best advice to give to them is to dress in solid colors. Without these, distractions enter the picture. If someone is wearing a dress with blazed with patterns, the person looking at the photo starts to venture away from their face. Clearly, this is something that we want to avoid.
It’s not just about the clothing though, it can also relate to the setting they’ve placed themselves in. Try to avoid anything that can bring clutter into the equation as this has exactly the same effect; it takes away that elusive attention from the face of the subject.
A good angle should never be underestimated
It doesn’t matter who you are taking a photo of, the angle is absolutely key to everything. Suffice to say, unless you want that mug shot appearance, under no circumstances should you take a photo head-on.
Instead, ask your subject to turn their body slightly – perhaps around 45 degrees away. If their head then turns to face you, you are suddenly provided a much better pose and your photography looks immediately better as a result. Additionally, simply playing with the angles can make your photo ooze professionalism; everyone knows that one of the primary mistakes for an amateur is taking the photo in the wrong position.
Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the founder of ESBO ltd a brand mentioning company. He is also passionate about meditation and healthy living. You can find articles on such topics at his spiritual blog Dzhingarov.com.