Portraits have an ability to capture the soul of a person. It can reveal secrets about the character of a person who is sitting in front of the camera. It is not easy to capture good portraits. Clicking extraordinary portraits is an art, which should be mastered by every photographer. Below are a few points which should be kept in mind while capturing extraordinary portraits.
1. Think Creatively
The creativity in your photographs is what will make your image stand out. If we all commit the time that is required, we can technically master the craft of photography. Capturing an extraordinary portrait can be a much more daunting task especially when you are excited, or overloaded with a mixed bag of emotions. Now, the point to note here is, that the photographer as well as the person, who is being the subject, should be equally involved in the process. Maintaining the exposure compensation of cameras, keeping the aperture wide, using appropriate lenses are a few other factors through which special portraits, not the mediocre ones can be collected.
2. Use eyes to interact
The eyes are the windows to the soul. The required input from the photographer here is a deep connection with the subject and he should plan it in a suitable and comfortable place. Ensure that proper space is provided to the primary, as well as the secondary subjects. Though a portrait captures a human entity, the eyes personify the photograph beautifully and create a connection between the viewer (living perspective) and the piece of beauty (non-living perspective). The eye reflects emotions, the present state of being. It speaks for itself.
3. Change the background settings
To achieve more interesting compositions, the background plays an important role. It should be appropriate and the colors should interact well. Try out new and different combinations of vibrant colors, keeping in mind the subject of the image and the picture should look catchy and attractive. The color composition must be soothing to the eyes and attention must always be directed to the primary subject.
4. Let’s take a note at the perspective too!
Being at eye level with your subject makes for a more dynamic image. Imagine in your mind how this photograph would look if you stood and shot down on these subjects. And also, what kind of shot you want to have. This angle makes the viewer feel as though they are there, in front of the subject itself. The actual result may not be exactly the same, but it will coincide with the imagination and it will be beautiful in its own way.
5. Be you, not anyone’s impersonation
It does not have to be new, it has to be you. Every person is unique in his own sense and each person is one of his/her kind. Adapting somebody else’s style would make your picture look good, but not unique or extraordinary in any sense. Recreating scenes with new twists is a better alternative. A fact all must agree with is that a person looks best when he is original, a simpleton and natural. Experimentation is a part of our daily lives and this should be practiced even when it comes to being the subject of a portrait.
Written By: Mansi Kathuria
MANSI LOVES WRITING ARTICLES AND BLOGS. SHE IS A CODING ENTHUSIAST AND KNOWS WEB DEVELOPMENT. HER HOBBIES INCLUDE READING, ACTION MOVIES, COOKING AND VOCAL MUSIC. WHEN SHE IS NOT GLUED TO HER LAPTOP, SHE SPENDS TIME WITH HER MOTHER.