|Sapna portrait, taken by Neli, Camera Creativa|
|Sapna, exhausted after data collection|
So, I thought I'd throw in a post about last weekend's Camera Creativa Photography meetup, in which we learned a few neat tricks for taking photos of people, something I find really difficult. Well, I suppose it's easier than taking pictures of Kiara, since she doesn't really pose quite as well...
Here are some photos that Neli, a lady in my meetup group and I took.
Portrait Photography Tips
- Get your subject to relax! This is the most difficult part
- Everyone has a "good side" Discover your subject's. (Actually, ask them, because apparently most people know this). I discovered that my best side is the left - I think, anyway!)
- Try to take the photo from different angles (the subject staying where they are, with you moving)
- When you are deciding how to frame the portrait before you take the shot, remember not to "cut people off" at their limbs (ie: take a shot above the elbow, below the shoulder, above or below the knee) - otherwise they look quite deformed!
- "Cropping" at the forehead works well too, because your eye knows that there's more hair above, and this helps place the focus on the person's face
- Try blurring out the background for a great effect!
- Remember to alternate between portrait and landscape shots - don't get too used to just one way!