I want to look at some ways to break out of the mold and take striking portraits by breaking (or at least bending) the rules and adding a little randomness into your portrait photography. Get up high and shoot down on your subject or get as close to the ground as you can and shoot up.
Another element of randomness that you can introduce to your portraits is the way that you light them. Side-lighting can create mood, backlighting and silhouetting your subject to hide their features can be powerful.
I was chatting with a photographer recently who told me about a corporate portrait shoot that he had done with a business man at his home. Add a prop of some kind into your shots and you create another point of interest that can enhance your shot.
Get a lens with a long focal length attached to your camera – or get right in close so that you can just photograph a part of your subject.
A variation on the idea of zooming in on one part of the body is to obscure parts of your portrait subject’s face or body. Doing this means that you leave a little to the imagination of the image’s viewer but also focus their attention on parts of your subject that you want them to be focused upon.
In doing this you create a series of images that could be presented together instead of just one static image.
Tomorrow I will complete this mini-series of posts on portrait photography with 10 more techniques like the ones above.
Update: You can read the 2nd half of this series at 10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography. Big organizations around the world pay a lot of money for a SEO Solutions company to execute such services. Find a dark location with no artificial light, and try to avoid street or areas where cars may pass by. Put your camera on your tripod and make sure that the composition of your picture is what you want - this can involve taking some pictures with the flash on, but make sure to turn it off once you start the actual shoot. Change the mode dial to 'M' - this is the Manual Exposure setting and it allows you control over the shutter speed and the f-stop setting.
To get the required shutter speed - which is slow as we need a long exposure length - I use the bulb setting.
To get the right shutter speed you will have to depress the shutter release (the button that takes the shot) down and hold it for as long as you want the shutter to stay open and as long as it takes to finish your writing.
If the light is to thick, or not clear enough, or it allows for too much light, change to a different flash light.


Note that if you stay in one place too long the light will 'burn', causing too much white in the photo (as seen here). You will probably have to use a second battery at one point, as the bulb setting eats at it.
The photo won’t blend seamlessly into a white background yet though – the edges are still a little gray. We’ve been thinking about setting up a tiny photo spot in the corner for all our completed floral arrangements.
Very good setup, especially because it includes back lights which people so often forget – and are so very helpful. Dark shadows can also be removed by bouncing the light, a white cardboard or very thick white paper can do the trick. You’re getting a grey image because your camera is averaging the ambient light for a percentage of grey.
Alternatively, shooting fully manual, meter off a grey card and then take the photo using those exposure settings. While this is good common sense – completely changing the angle that you shoot from can give your portrait a real WOW factor. Either way you’ll be seeing your subject from an angle that is bound to create interest. 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.
Looking off camera – have your subject focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. Looking within the frame – alternatively you could have your subject looking at something (or someone) within the frame. 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. It was the series of out of the box images that convinced the magazine he was someone that they’d want to feature.
This will put them more at ease and you can end up getting some special shots with them reacting naturally to the situation that they are in. You can do this with clothing, objects, their hands or just by framing part of them out of the image. Make sure you’re subscribed to Digital Photography School to ensure you get the second half! Also check out What the Mona Lisa Can Teach You About Taking Great Portraits for a portraits tutorial with a difference.


It is very uncommon nowadays, lots of sites and blogs having copy pasted or rewritten info. I particularly like the getting out of your comfort zone tip and the image of the jumping on the bed.
I’ve heard people describe light boxes before, but it helps to see it and have my hand held through the Photoshop editing!
I always thought that the final photo was something you got straight from the camera, and that I was failing miserably! I tried couple of shoots with IKEA lamps before… but they deteriorate over a period of time. I'm updating a Victorian just outside of Chicago in Oak Park, IL, transforming the so-so, and keeping busy all around.
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.
A child looking at a ball, a woman looking at her new baby, a man looking hungrily at a big plate of pasta…. They had all turned out fairly standard – but there was nothing that really stood out from the crowd.
The subject was a little hesitant at first but stepped out into the uncomfortable zone and dressed in his suit and tie started jumping!
Some people don’t look good in a posed environment and so switching to a candid type approach can work. You might even want to grab a longer zoom lens to take you out of their immediate zone and get really paparazzi with them. All cameras are set up to meter 18% grey and whether you are shooting on pure black or pure white, with out the grey card, it will always turn out grey!! 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.
Next week we are doing Portraits, so I’ll be milling over the examples above for ideas and inspiration ready for next week.




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