Quick Tips to Improve Portrait Photography
For the newer shutterbugs in the field, portrait photography may seem like a boring style. Awkward and limited, portrait photography doesn’t give you much of a choice when it comes to being creative.
Yet, the truth couldn’t be far from it.
Here are some quick tips to help you bring that photography out of the studio and into the colorful world beyond.
1. Be Creative with Your Background
Sometimes, the perfect background can bring the whole shot together in one dramatic swoop. While the person in the portrait is the main focus of the shot, try taking the picture from different angles, or get rid of the background altogether to make it sharp. Make it minimalistic or bring out a contrast.
2. Be a Rule Breaker
There’s no line on the sand. Portrait doesn’t need to be shot vertically, just like landscape doesn’t always need to be shot horizontally. Mix your format framing for different shots and focus on adding variety.
3. Be Daring with Your Composition
Look at all the pictures you’ve taken over the past years. Notice any factor in common?
Perhaps it’s the distance you keep from the subject in each short, use of negative spaces, rule of thirds.
There are so many clauses regarding composition that you can mix up. Improve your composition, even if your choices aren’t to your liking.
4. Have Fun with Lighting
Natural lighting is one of the best tools to use for dramatic and soft images. But there’s no reason why you can’t add a camera flash or studio lights to add that little oomph. Another nifty tool that comes with light is shadow. Use these lights with different angles and shadow directions. Study the light and bring more focus (or less) on your subject.
5. Get a Little Personal
Unless you’re working with trained models, your photography sessions will be a bit awkward, so you might feel a bit shy in invading that fifteen feet of your client’s personal space.
During your session, try to shoot unique angles and break out of those creative walls. Get a photo of your client’s eyes. Talk to them and ask if they’d be willing to allow you to be a bit more creative, like using higher angles of capturing a different frame.
6. Be Candid
There’s a reason why candid photography is so popular. Natural photographs and emotions are so much more appealing, especially since you basically capture a moment in time that conveys your emotion accurately. Talk to your subjects about any funny incident or even about their day. Make them feel relaxed and give them space. And be discreet about your shots.
Improve Your Portrait Photography Skills
At IYPO, we provide the useful information online for all budding photographers.
Becoming a professional photographer comes with its set of challenges, but the hard work is often worth the end result.
Use the information above on improving your portrait photography skills, and apply these tips through our tutorials to become a better, more creative photographer!