Who is not fascinated by the portrait and who, with a camera in hand, has not made hundreds or thousands of them, am I wrong? And of those hundreds or thousands, how many have convinced you, with how many have you thought, “Here is a great portrait-what a photo-this is my thing” . Let's be honest, if we remove those in which the model moves you (because it's your daughter or your son, so objectively perfect ? ), those that you find exotic because you went on a trip to Botswana, or a few daring attempts in Street- photography that at first seemed “the best” but anyway, ahem… How many would we save by being generous? 10%? 5% for the most demanding? 15% for the “less demanding” (or better portrait artists ? )?
There are many ingredients that can cause your portrait to fail: shaky, out-of-focus, over or underexposed images... these are the most classic errors, but we have another variable that, without being an error, can make your image magnificent or bland. You know what I'm talking about, right? Do you want to know how to go from 10% to 30% (no miracles either, huh? ? ) thanks to composition? Read on then, but before I continue, let me recommend the mega guide that Mario prepared with many more portrait photography tips, tricks and inspiration (more than you can imagine).
1. RULE OF THIRDS
Perhaps you are tired of hearing about it, but in portraits it can be especially useful, not only because it will help you place your sitter within the general frame, but also because it can be very useful when placing what you want to highlight from your face, for example the eyes, which are usually the main or the most prominent subject of a portrait.
Remember that the rule of thirds divides the frame into three vertical and three horizontal parallel lines. The points where these imaginary lines converge are known as strong points , and it is there where our eye stops most naturally, so it is there where it is recommended to place our center of interest .
2. FRAME VERTICALLY AND HORIZONTALLY
I won't insist on horizontal because I bet that 95% of your portraits and your photos in general are horizontal. The explanation is logical and simple, if we see horizontally and the viewfinder is horizontal, the easiest thing for us is to frame horizontally. However, you'd be surprised at how many images you have that would work much better vertically. Take the test, the vertical format has many advantages, among them, it allows you to more easily fill the frame with your character, and eliminate the background whenever it is not interesting to you. This does not mean that you abandon the horizontal format, but it does mean that you give the vertical format a chance from time to time ?