Everyone loves a good portrait, whether it’s of a friend, family member, or even a pet. But sometimes, those portraits don’t turn out quite the way we want them to. If you’re looking to up your portrait game, here are five easy tips to get you started, says Dr Michael Hilton.
1. Use natural light whenever possible. Natural light is always going to be your best bet for a flattering portrait. If you’re indoors, position your subject near a window with the light coming in from behind them. If you’re outdoors, try to avoid direct sunlight and instead look for shady areas or open fields with soft, diffused light.
2. Get close to your subject for a more intimate portrait. One of the challenges of taking portraits is that you often have to shoot from a distance in order to get everything—and everyone—in the frame. But by getting closer to your subject, you can create a much more intimate and personal portrait. So don’t be afraid to get in close—your photo will be all the better for it.
3. Use a simple background to focus attention on your subject. A busy or cluttered background can be distracting in a portrait and take away from your subject. To avoid this, look for simple backgrounds like blank walls or empty rooms that won’t compete for attention with your subject.
4. Experiment with different poses and expressions to capture your subject’s personality. It’s important to experiment with both poses and expressions when taking portraits so that you can capture your subject’s unique personality. Try asking them to try different things—like smiling, laughing, or making silly faces—to help bring their personality out in the photo.
5. Get close to your subject for a more intimate portrait. Use a simple background to focus attention on your subject, Experiment with different poses and expressions to capture your subject’s personality, Take lots of shots and choose the best one.
1. Drone Photography: Drones have become increasingly popular for capturing images from a unique angle, as they can get closer to the subject and capture aerial shots. This trend is being seen in more professional photo shoots, where drones are used to capture high-resolution images of landscapes and buildings.
2. 360-Degree Photos: With the introduction of 360-degree cameras, photographers are able to capture panoramic views for virtual reality experiences. This trend is being used by real estate agents, event organizers, and travel bloggers alike.
3. Cinemagraphs: A cinemagraph is a still image with a motion element that creates an almost surreal effect. This trend has been popular with lifestyle images and is being used by brands to create an eye-catching visuals.
4. Live Streaming: Live streaming has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it allows people to show events and activities in real-time.
Taking better portraits doesn’t have to be complicated or daunting. Just keep these five tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to creating beautiful, timeless portraits of family and friends that will last a lifetime. Happy snapping!