Basic Tips For Taking Good Photographs

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These simple words capture the essence of portrait photography -portrait photography is one of the most intimate styles of photography, brining together a photographer and a subject.

Andy Hayes of the Oregon State Treasury believes that portrait photography is amongst the simplest, yet most complicated styles of photography. On the one hand, a portrait photograph is as simple as it gets -it's a simple depiction of an individual… Or is it? On the other hand, when a portrait seeks to explore and depict aspects of a person, capturing a mood, expression, action, or what have you, capturing that requires a tremendous amount of skill.

And when a picture is a worth a thousand words, you've got to make sure it's worth it, am I right? So, if you're interested in portrait photography, and looking to pick up on some tips that could help you improve your technique, then read on to explore a few tips by Andy Hayes, Oregon.

Background: While your subject in portrait photography is obviously a person, that doesn't mean you should focus only on the person in question. Play around with backgrounds. You should always place your subject in different backgrounds, whether they are clean and simple, or clustered and vibrant or colourful or dull. The context of the background lends to the person's mood, expression, etc. allowing you to capture different shots. Experiment away, says Andy Hayes.


Shoot from different angles: While many portraits may be taken from eye-level, mixing it up and taking shots from different angles lends a different perspective to your portrait altogether -one that will definitely add to the beauty of a shot.

Light: Every photographer, professional or amateur, knows that light always plays a crucial role in photography. So when you're taking a portrait photograph, you should always experiment with different kinds of lighting. The possibilities of using light differently are endless -so have a ball with it!

Eye Contact: Now, you may choose to maintain, or not maintain eye contact. Your subject could be looking right into the lens, away from the frame, or even within the frame. Eyes speak, so let them do the talking how they wish to!

Subject in and out of comfort zone: When your subject is in their comfort zone, you'll be able to tap into a different set of emotions and expressions, etc. as opposed to when they're out of their comfort zone. You can experiment with both to add to the vibrancy of your photograph.

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