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10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

1. Alter Your Perspective

Most portraits are taken with the camera at (or around) 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.


photography cambridge ontarioPhoto by striatic




Get up high and shoot down on your subject or get as close to the ground as you can and shoot up. Either way you’ll be seeing your subject from an angle that is bound to create interest.


photography cambridge ontarioPhoto by TeeRish


2. Play with Eye Contact

It is amazing how much the direction of your subject’s eyes can impact an image. Most portraits have the subject looking down the lens – something that can create a real sense of connection between a subject and those viewing the image. But there are a couple of other things to try:

A. Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. This can create a feeling of candidness and also create a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. This intrigue is particularly drawn about when the subject is showing some kind of emotion (ie ‘what’s making them laugh?’ or ‘what is making them look surprised?’). Just be aware that when you have a subject looking out of frame that you can also draw the eye of the viewer of the shot to the edge of the image also – taking them away from the point of interest in your shot – the subject.


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B. Looking within the frame – alternatively you could have your subject looking at something (or someone) within the frame. A child looking at a ball, a woman looking at her new baby, a man looking hungrily at a big plate of pasta…. When you give your subject something to look at that is inside the frame you create a second point of interest and a relationship between it and your primary subject. It also helps create ‘story’ within the image.



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3. Break the Rules of Composition

There are a lot of ‘rules’ out there when it comes to composition and I’ve always had a love hate relationship with them. My theory is that while they are useful to know and employ that they are also useful to know so you can purposely break them – as this can lead to eye catching results.

The Rule of Thirds is one that can be effective to break – placing your subject either dead centre can sometimes create a powerful image – or even creative placement with your subject right on the edge of a shot can sometimes create interesting images.


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Another ‘rule’ that we often talk about in portrait photography is to give your subject room to look into. This can work really well – but again, sometimes rules are made to be broken.

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8 Quick Summer Photography Tips and Ideas

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Another late post today; guess it’s just going to be one of those weeks!


Well spring has arrived here and the weather is warming up, this combined with the summertime images I’ve been viewing taken by a blogging friend in India, has got me thinking summer.

No I’m not a fan of hot weather; in fact I really can’t stand the heat. But I do like the bright skies and longer days. They make for lots of opportunities for bright colorful photos!! So I thought I’d share some summertime tips and ideas with you all today.

If you have more summertime tips and ideas please share them in the comments. :)

1. Color – Use those bright colors of summer to add “heat” to your photos, use those cool tones to bring a much-needed relief; adjust the saturation in your camera or in post. Capture those bright blue skies by shooting with the sun at your back.

2. Details – Capture little details that say “it’s summertime!”. Things like bright blooming flowers, pools filled with cool blue water, sparkling spray of a garden sprinkler, and don’t forget to use that long zoom to get a tasty shot of the bar-be-que! Use the zoom so you don’t smoke up your camera.

3. Avoid Overexposure – Both for yourself and your photos. Put on the sunscreen when you head out to keep from getting a nasty burn and increase the shutter speed to keep from over exposing your images.

4. Capture Your Vacation – Sure take lots of pictures of that family trip but don’t forget to enjoy yourself too. Try limiting yourself to only a small number of shots at each location and be creative with them. Then shut off the camera and have a good time.

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Old Circus Tent

5. Travel Light – Don’t carry every lens you own if you are out in the heat. Limit your day trips to just one or two lenses. Who needs all that extra weight when the temperatures soar!

6. Portraits – Don’t try to take portraits with the subject looking into the sun. No one looks good squinting. Have your subject stand with their back to the sun and meter for their faces to avoid getting silhouettes. It’s summertime, it’s OK to have that bright sunshine halo!

7. Avoid Mid-Day – Try to avoid that noon day sun if you can. It’s so harsh and doesn’t make for the best lighting. Do the bulk of your photography earlier or later in the day. Added bonus, you’re out when it’s a bit cooler!

8. Keep Dry – Not you; your camera. Keep the swimming pool splashes and sea sprays off your camera. Moisture, dust, and sand are all evil villains to your camera. As for yourself; stay hydrated. READ MORE

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