Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Portrait Photography Tips


Here’s a portrait photography tip, get closer!

Getting closer is something that most photographers can do to better their images. Usually, most photographers want to include all of their subject in the frame.

Unfortunately, this keeps us from getting close-up and personal. It’s okay to crop off the top of your subject’s head. We all know it is there, so all lot of the time we don’t need to show it!

One more of our portrait photography tips, shoot your subject through something for visual complexity. It makes your photos a lot more interesting and it gives the viewer something to look at.

In the photo above, there were some beautiful wysteria plants that were blooming and I wanted to somehow include them in the frame. I asked my subject to stand behind them and voila, an interesting portrait is born.

Here’s the photographic composition thinking as I made the pic.

I placed her eyes near the top right area of convergence so the eyes of the viewer would be drawn to them and the blooms of the flowers are in different areas of focus to create visual complexity. Enjoy!

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5 Responses

November 16, 2009
Shelly Dumser

Need your book now!!! Love all the tips Mike. I like how you say it’s OK to crop off part of the person in the picture. Want to take one of your classes soon. Just bought a new camera and need some expert advice like yours! Awesome Mike!!!!

November 16, 2009
Michael Kitada

@shelly I’m glad I can help. I’m excited about your new camera. Keep visiting for more tips. M

November 30, 2009

This is great info. Thank you so much for creating this informative and beautiful site. I am happy to get this information in a way that I can actually understand. I will use your tips with my new Canon!

December 17, 2010

nice tips, i’ll use it to improve my photos

April 29, 2011

Excellent tips :) Clear, concise and well illustrated. Nice one

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