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Take photos of people

How to take photographs of people

People are the most commonly photographed subject, but they are also one of the photographs people make the most mistakes with.

And it’s a shame because they make such interesting photographs – who doesn’t share the emotion and feeling when they see a picture of an expressive face?

Move Closer
Unless the subject’s surroundings or clothes are important in the photograph, move in close. Concentrate on the persons face – the eyes and mouth particularly. Focus the camera on the eyes – they are the connection to the viewer - there is nothing worse than a good photo ruined by blurry eyes. Don’t be afraid to fill the frame with the whole face.

Good lighting makes a strong portraitLighting
Good lighting can make a photograph and bad lighting can ruin it, so getting this right is of immense importance. Commonly photographers put the sun behind them shining on to the persons face, but while this can work in some situations, it can produce squinted eyes and harsh shadows.

The best bet is to use a shaded area with nice soft light. Film and Digital cameras cannot process heavy contrast between light and shade as well as the human eye. So what looks acceptable to you will have most cameras struggling. Use flash if necessary to fill in shadows and add a sparkle to the eyes.

Dont be afraid to fill the frameUse the right Lens
Use a medium telephoto lens, something around 135mm. This flattens the features and provides a good chance to focus out the background – especially coupled with a small aperture. Put distance between the subject and the background to help this effect. Wide angle lenses can be good for groups in tight spaces, but they can distort the features.

Composition
Remember the eyes are the most important thing. Make sure they are sharply in focus. If photographing kids, get down to their level.

Finally, talk to your subject to help them relax. Try a joke or funny story to get the smiles going.

 

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