Portrait Photography Tips

This series of portrait photography tips should really help you improve your portrait photography technique. It includes the following topics:

  1. Portrait Composition Portrait composition in photography is really not that much different from picture composition in art or even subject composition in general. It ust requires an awareness of the principles in the first place, and once the guidelines are part of youjr thinking, they will become second nature to you - with practice! Then you can trust to your instincts and strong composition will come naturally to you...
  2. Maternity Portrait Photography Natural lighting can work very well in maternity pregnancy portrait photography as it enhances beautifully your model's glowing skin, something that would be difficult to do with studio lighting...
  3. Sensual Portrait Photography In fine art photography sensual images are often enhanced when working in black and white as skin tones are emphasised and the use of black and white gives the photo an artistic feel. The beautiful shot shown here is also enhanced by good lighting which helps to 'model' the muscles of the body-builder's shoulders. You can almost feel the hard work that's gone into creating that amazing body! But sensual portrait photography also relies a lot on imagination so it is important to leave a lot up to the viewer. These tips will help you improve or get started on sensual portrait photography.
  4. Child Portrait Photography Direct sunlight will create hard shadows which are unflattering and can be too intense, especially with younger subjects. Try to avoid areas of direct sunlight but position your subject with open sky illuminating their face. If this is not possible, use fill flash to bring detail to the shadows...
  5. Self Portrait Photography The use of a mirror in self portrait photography allows the photographer to create environmental portraits where objects from their life can be seen in the background.
  6. Family Portrait Ideas Part 1 Good family portrait ideas aren't always easy to find and often you will find that, left to their own devices, people just arrange themselves in a row. However, with a little imagination lining everyone up in a straight line can produce great shots...
  7. Family Portrait Ideas Part 2 Family portrait ideas are easy to find once you start thinking in terms of design and composition. In particular, geometric shapes are especially pleasing to the eye as they create a sense of harmony and unity, as you can see from this series of photos based on a triangle...

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