The Basics Of Portrait Photography by aihaozhe2

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									We all enjoy snapping away with our digital cameras and more often than not we will
be taking portraits of friends and partners. Unfortunately, although portraits or head
and shoulders photos sound easy enough to take, quite often the results are less than
great.

Too close, to far away or heads and other body parts mysteriously missing, let's face it
we've all been there.

To help avoid those problems lets look at some basic principles and tips for taking
portrait photography.

With a digital camera the problem of missing heads shouldn't be too difficult to solve.
Always use the LCD screen to help compose the shot. Ensure everything you want to
capture is centred in the screen as the photo produced will be exactly as you see it in
the LCD screen.

Unless you are trying to take a professional style close up portrait don't worry about
the background. In fact you should use the background to produce a really interesting
shot. Now, I'm sure the person whose portrait you are taking is very interesting in
their own right, but by allowing the background to add context to the shot the
photograph will be enhanced and will really tell a tale about that person and their
environment.

Don't worry about 'posing' your portraits as off the cuff or spur of the moment
photographs can be the best. Of course, if it doesn't work out and you find the subject
had already wandered out of shot when you pressed the shutter button then don't
worry. Just delete the picture and move on.

One of the best tips in taking portraits, either posed or spontaneous shots, is to ensure
that you fill the frame and use every available bit of space. Everything in the frame of
the photo should add something to the portrait.

Another basic factor to consider when taking your portraits is the lighting. Most of us
will I suspect be taking the majority of our portraits outdoors in the daylight so
lighting won't really be a consideration.

But, if you are taking the photos indoors than there some things you need to think
about. If there is natural light coming through a window it can be used to disseminate
the shot by adding some nice gentle shadows. Be careful though, if the light is too
bright the shadows will too strong though, if the portrait is a posed one, you could use
white card to reflect the shadows.

Finally, when taking a portrait remember to focus on the eyes as they are a persons
most important, and revealing, feature.

								
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