Quick Tips for Shooting Better Portraits

Before we get to the challenges for this chapter, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some tips for portrait photography that don’t necessarily have anything to do with your camera settings. There are entire books that focus on portrait lighting, posing, and so on, but here are a few tips to help you capture better portrait images.

Avoid the Center of the Frame

This falls under the category of composition. Place your subject to the side of the frame (Figure 5.15)—it generally creates a more interesting image than placing your subject directly in the middle.

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Figure 5.15. An off-center subject ...

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