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Taking a great portrait picture is hard task as you need to find a
perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing.
Exceptional photos do not only display facts, they tell stories.
This post will help you know what makes a good portrait.
Photography is not only a very powerful medium but also a
very difficult craft to master.
Portraits are about one thing: the person in them. Keeping that
in mind, what makes a good portrait?
Here are 5 of them to consider –
A good portrait draws attention to the subject and tells you
something about it.
This is normally achieved through combinations of a
composition, color and lighting.
A portrait should complement the subject.
You want to reflect the best version of it including the removal of
acne and blemishes or unnecessary background when you edit.
2. Camera Position
For portraits, you want the camera position to be level or
slightly above the model’s eyeline.
No one looks good when shot from a low angle.
The two easiest portrait compositions to get right are the head
shot and a waist-up shot.
If you stand in a way so that the subject fills the frame in either
of these compositions, your portraits will look good.
3. Dynamics of Your Camera and Lens
Your choice of lens has a big impact on your portrait photos.
For portraits with visual impact, a wide-angle lens is a must.
Shooting from a low angle will make your subject taller than they
The background plays an important part in the image. Always
pay attention to what’s going on in the background.
4. Be Aware of the Lighting and Environment
For portrait photography, a great place to shoot a portrait is in
somewhere shady place.
On a shooting day, make sure you have a solid plan for both the
portrait setting and any setup needed for your camera and
Early morning and late afternoon or overcast weather are the
best times for a natural-light portrait.
5. Focus on Nature
To bring a new perspective in digital portrait photography, try
focusing your camera on nature in the foreground and letting the
people in the background be out of focus.
The focus point may be on the flowers, leaves or rocks in the
Make sure your subjects are standing far enough behind your
foreground so that they will be out of focus.
Hopefully, you now know what makes a good portrait and how
to do it.
Always remember that to shoot a great portrait, other than
technical things, you need an amazing location and patience.
Do not forget that the best portraits happen at the in-between
moments. Try to capture them!
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