Taking great portraits is as much about social abilities as it is about technical capacity. If you can first see through your subject’s eyes, and understand them as a unique individual, and then display and accentuate their best qualities, this willreally make your portraits stand out.
Here are a few of the finest tips :
If employing a tripod, compose your portrait and then take one step only to the side and forward from the camera. Don’t look thru the viewfinder. When your subject interacts with your camera, the result could be a cold or dead rendering, but when you engage your subject thru eye contact, expression, gestures and words, the result might be a warm and candid reflection, charged with mood or emotion.
If you are not employing a tripod, you need to redouble your effort to maintain repeated interactions with your subject.
Permit your subject to be themselves. A young girl dressed up in fairy wings for a special picture is truly adorable, and I suspect there is a place in this world for charming. However contrast this with the young girl who just likes to dance. You put her in her everyday threads, stand her in front of a plain background, put on her fave music and say to her,’can you show me a way to dance to this song?’ you should have no problem in capturing constant expressions there.
Permit your subject’s expression to be truthful. A scowl or a scowl that’s actually felt can be more fascinating than a smile that is forced. I try to never just pose my subject and then say,’Okay, now smile for me.’ if you would like your subject to grin then tell a joke, put on a face, or maybe simply grin at her and she’ll smile back at you.
If you are a pro, you know that smiles sell, but if you’re an amateur, you are under no pressure to sell, so make your portraits engaging. Not everything in the world is to smile about.
Direct your portraits. Take control of the composition of your portraits! Don’t be afraid to tell or show your subject what you want. Irregularly showing is best. I frequently find that essentially demonstrating a pose I am considering, works better than making an attempt to direct my subject through words alone. If you are snapping a group, your life will be easier, if you prepare and pose the adults first.
Social abilities are a necessity if you’d like to take great portraits!