You don’t have to be a professional photographer to make an impeccable portrait. But how do you precisely take one that has that ‘wow’ effect? If you think about it, often the most striking portraits are those that break all the rules. Sometimes it is good to change the angle you are shooting from, or maybe you should put the emphasis on one body part of your subject. Below I present you some basic tips that will lead you to making a good portrait.

Shoot Candidly

Sometimes posed shots can look a bit artificial and inauthentic. Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work. Photograph your subject at work, with family or doing something that they love.


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Play With Eye Contact

It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact an image. That can create a real sense of connection between a subject and those viewing the image.



Break The Rules Of Composition

While the rules are useful to know and employ, also it is also useful to know them so you can purposely break them – as this can lead to eye catching results.



 Move Your Subject Out Of Their Comfort Zone

Shoot on places that are amazing, surprising and quite funny. Make a story out of the whole scene, introduce a communication between the subject and the environment and make the portrait storytelling.


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Get Close Up

Focus upon one body part or get right in close so that you can just photograph a part of your subject. Photographing a person’s hands, eyes, mouth or even just their lower body can leave a lot to the imagination of the viewer of an image. Sometimes it’s what is left out of an image that says more than what is included.



Obscure Part Of Your Subject

Doing this means that you leave a little to the imagination of the image’s viewer but also focus their attention on parts of your subject that you want them to be focused upon.



Introduce A Prop

Add a prop of some kind into your shots and you create another point of interest that can enhance your shot.



Experiment With Lighting

Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them. There are almost unlimited possibilities when it comes to using light in portraits. You should consider side-lighting, backlighting and silhouetting your subject.



Take a Series of Shots

Switch your camera into ‘burst’ or ‘continuous shooting’ mode and fire off more than one shot at a time.



Alter Your Perspective

Most portraits are taken with the camera at the eye level of the subject. While this is good common sense, completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real ‘wow’ factor.