Portrait Photography for Beginners

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Portrait Photography for Beginners

  1. 1. Portrait Photography for Beginners By Cynthia Coons
  2. 2. Portraiture <ul><li>[pohr-tri-cher] </li></ul><ul><li>The art of making a likeness of a person or animal, especially the face </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Keep your background simple to avoid distraction from your subject </li></ul>Location
  4. 4. Lighting <ul><li>The easiest light to start with is daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Take your subject outside </li></ul>
  5. 5. Portrait v.s. Landscape <ul><li>Try turning your camera </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t always use landscape </li></ul>
  6. 6. Leading Lines <ul><li>Point the viewer’s eyes to your subject </li></ul>
  7. 7. Rule of Thirds <ul><li>Keep your subject out of the direct centre </li></ul>
  8. 8. Framing <ul><li>Use elements of the foreground to frame your shot </li></ul>
  9. 9. Fill the Frame <ul><li>Move in closer. When you think you’re close enough, move in some more! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Universal Appeal <ul><li>Try to capture a feeling </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. sentiment) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Creativity <ul><li>Try a different point of view; get up high or get on the ground </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Be patient! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep practicing! </li></ul>Thank you! All photos © Cynthia & Jonathan Coons

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