There are so many photography tips and tricks, it really depends on what you are using to take your picture with and what you are taking a picture of, is it a portrait? If so will it be of kids, family and friends, at an event or at a trip?
Since this site is more about portrait photography I will focus on that, I’m working on another site that is dedicated to landscape photography and there I will have some tutorials and tips for taking better landscape photos, hopefully it will be soon and I’ll post a link here 🙂
As I mentioned before, there are some general photography tips you should follow, but remember that rules are meant to be broken, so try and think totally out of the box, for example, try taking the picture not from your subject’s eye level, try doing it from above or from a really low angle. I think that what I’m trying to say is that as always, the best tip is to take as many pictures you can and to try every angle and everything that comes to your mind, this is how you’ll know what works best for you and what doesn’t.
Using prop will help your subject feel more in ease
One more tip is using props, you wouldn’t believe how a prop will upgrade you picture, it will on one hand give your subject something to “play” with, on the other hand it is very useful for people who are not used to be in front of the camera, this way they will concentrate more on what to do with the prop and it will give them more confidence.
By props I mean glasses, hair bands, flowers, hat, lipstick etc. anything that comes to your mind, even a bubble gum could be a prop. If you are taking a picture that is more than a head and shoulders you can use bigger props like an umbrella, bag, or even a pet…
The background is important as well.
The background is also important, sometimes we concentrate on our subject and we forget about the background.
Before taking your picture especially when you are shooting outdoor, take a minute and look for an interesting background, something that won’t distract the attention of the viewer from your subject or even make your subject look better. Sometimes it is enough to find a background that has a solid color or pattern.
Ask your subject not to look at the camera.
Usually people that just start taking pictures will ask their subject to look at the camera and smile, but you know better by now 🙂
Ask your subject to look at something and not straight to your camera, when you are doing so don’t forget to leave some space in the direction he is looking at.
When the subject is looking to the camera ask her to to change expressions, not just smiling, make a sad face, a crazy one, maybe even scream, you’ll be amazed by the results you’ll get.
And last one for today; distract your subject, talk to them, make them laugh, ask them questions, anything to make them feel more in ease and forget that you are taking their picture. If they are still stressed, just put your camera aside and have a small conversation, bring it back when you feel that your subject is ready.
That’s it for now,
Now go out and take some pictures! What are you waiting for?
Don’t forget that I’m always here to answer your questions.
(All pictures taken by Isaac Moscovich and should not be used without permission)