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Portrait Tip: Get Close

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Jeremy W. Schneider)

Getting close to your subject helps eliminate competing elements from taking the focus away from your subject. (Photo Credit: Jeremy W. Schneider)

I love portraits. I especially like the low-frill, natural light type where the emphasis is placed squarely on the subject.

Beginning photographers often don’t own a lot of lighting equipment or a host of lenses to make technically complex portraits but that’s OK. You can make beautiful portraits utilizing some very basic techniques.

One of the best things you can do to make a great portrait is get close to your subject. It sounds basic, and really it is, but too many times beginning photographers stand too far away from the subject and let the background compete with the subject for the viewer’s attention.

By getting close, you eliminate distractions and compel the viewer to focus on the subject.

There’s one important thing to remember, though. You have to make your subject connect with the viewer. So look for something “special” about your subject. Maybe it’s the subject’s smile or the subject’s eyes. Look for a flattering way to connect your subject to the viewer.

So, get busy and start making portraits that pop!

Written by jeremyparce

February 15, 2009 at 1:10 am

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