There are many ways to take people and portraits’s photos. Here we see some nice examples and rules.
The main elements in our today’s list are:
Framing and composition, the main concepts to take care of before shooting are: the visual balance, the rule of thirds and positioning the subject in the right spot.
Lighting: being aware of the different outcomes that we can obtain if we shoot with natural light or indoors. Based on that, we need to take photos when light allows us to make the most out of our photos. Photographers usually prefer the golden hour, when warm colors emerge, but as you can see from the following example sometimes you just need to have a clear sky and placing the main subject where he/she that can be nurtured by a beautiful brightness.
Facial expression and posing: because we can’t always have models for practicing, we can take photos of people who are familiar. They certainly will bring natural results to our photos thank to interesting and funny expressions they can put on, always true and authentic.
Using objectives and accessories, especially unusual: if you go for creative photos you must also think creative! Add original details to your photo, like: colorful hats, glasses and umbrellas. You can play on everyday items but you can bring an original flavor by using unexpected things that will accentuate your creativity and the photo’s unicity.
Background is important: don’t forget to choose it carefully by giving priority to neutral tones. Or play with it, if it’s rich of graphics and playful, it can be a strong element that stands out and enrich the “history of your subject”.
Rules are made to be broken sometimes and you can do it! Despite what we said before, experiment beyond the rules of thirds and try new compositions: let the shot comes out from the usual compositional schemes. Try to shoot at the frame boundary. Find points of interests other than those of the conventional classic rule. Experience the sides and corners of the frame.
And least but not last, why don’t try something bizarre and unique?
Post-produce your photos and give a double reading!
Always remember when you take photos of people to make them sign the model release, directly in app. By doing that, your photos can also be licensed for commercial purpose!
Enjoy people photography!