General Portrait Composition Tips

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  • TIP 1: GET CLOSER!

    WRONGRIGHTTOO MANY THINGSTOO MUCH SPACENO UNNECCESSARY THINGSNOT TOO MUCH SPACE

    The one on the right creates more impact on the subject and projects more on features.*

  • TIP 2: RULE OF THIRDSPLAINSTATICBORINGDEADCENTER

  • TIP 2: RULE OF THIRDSFANCY &DYNAMIC

    YOU CAN ALSO USE EYES AS THE BASIS OF YOUR RULE OF THIRDS. (EX: PIC2)*

  • TIP 3: SPACE OVER HEAD

    *Getting close is ok. But getting TOO close creates a another problem.*

  • Not putting on enough space makes the model or subject look AKWARD and CRAMPED.

  • TIP 4: SPACE IN FRONTIdeally, leave a space in front at the direction where your subject is looking.

    . When you have a portrait with the person looking in one direction ideally you want to leave more space in front of them allowing them space to look as opposed to behind. Not to say you cant do the opposite, as youll see later, but it feels more comfortable with space for them to look or move forward.*

  • TIP 5: NO TO CROPPING!

    Pic 1 is not a good example. Cropped a bit too tight, the model is missing a few fingers and it looks odd. Its also a bit close on the top of her head and overall the portrait feels crowded.

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  • Try to avoid cropping off your subjects hands or feet either leave them in or crop in tighter to the knees and elbows. When you crop off a small part of an appendage it tends to look amputated.

  • TIP 6: TILT THE CAM

  • A 5-10 degree tilt will seem crooked. Consider a 30-45 degree tilt.

  • Pic 1 s better*

  • Notice that Picture 1 is definitely more interesting and contains more flow.It adds an air of mystery as well.

  • TIP 7: GET CREATIVEPhotography contains no rules.Just EXPERIMENT, and be ORIGINAL.

  • TO RECAP:

  • TIP 1: GET CLOSER!TIP 2: RULE OF THIRDSTIP 3: SPACE OVER HEADTIP 4: SPACE IN FRONTTIP 5: NO TO CROPPING!TIP 7: GET CREATIVETIP 6: TILT THE CAM

  • TO CHECK, PICK THE PCTURES WITH BETTER PORTRAIT COMPOSITION:

  • The one on the right creates more impact on the subject and projects more on features.*YOU CAN ALSO USE EYES AS THE BASIS OF YOUR RULE OF THIRDS. (EX: PIC2)**Getting close is ok. But getting TOO close creates a another problem.*. When you have a portrait with the person looking in one direction ideally you want to leave more space in front of them allowing them space to look as opposed to behind. Not to say you cant do the opposite, as youll see later, but it feels more comfortable with space for them to look or move forward.*Pic 1 is not a good example. Cropped a bit too tight, the model is missing a few fingers and it looks odd. Its also a bit close on the top of her head and overall the portrait feels crowded.

    *Pic 1 s better*