38. WHERE DOES YOUR SUBJECT LOOK?

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YOUR PORTRAIT SUBJECT’S eyes are important. Some might say they are the most important part of their body, and for good reason. Humans use information conveyed by others’ eyes to determine emotions and non-verbal cues. It’s little wonder we place strong consideration on how they appear in a portrait.

We’ve already discussed how important it is to focus on the eyes in a portrait, but I’ll re-emphasize it since the viewing eye typically lands on the part of any image that is in focus. Since we most often want to look at the eyes of the portrait subject, focusing there is crucial. It’s also relevant to consider the ...

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