Play With Background
A technique I found really useful in portrait taking is using backgrounds. When I am taking a portrait, I usually put the face of the model on the side of the screen, like the photo above. This can make the photo more pleasing and good looking. Also, putting the face on the sides also gives space for me to put in a good background. In the photo above, because I saved space on the left side of the photo, I was able to add some Chinese style windows and also a few plants in there, therefore making the photo more interesting.
Filing the Frame
In the photo above, the child’s face takes up the whole screen. This creates a feeling of depth and levels. One part of his face is bright while the other is dimmer, this shows value and tone. Moreover, the boy’s eyes reflect the light of the room to make the photo more visual pleasing.
In the photo, the child seems to be in deep thought. His expressions blends in with the blurry background as both seems to symbilise the deep and lost thinking the child is currently having.
In this photo, the girl is not looking directly into the camera. He was positioned so that the sunlight was directly on him, and his created a warm feeling. Moreover, she seems to be in deep thought and the blurry background accompanies her expressions well.
In the photo above, the girl is staring at her puppets. The introduction of props in the photo above can create a deeper photo with a more pleasing visual aspect. The props are zoomed in while the girl is not in focus, therefore making the girl feel distanced.
Experiment With Lighting
When taking this photo, I angeled my camera so the light shining through the window lands on the boy’s face. The contrast of light creates a value and also makes the photo more interesting.
In this photo, I lied down to capture the photo from below. This way, we can see more details on the child’s face. Moreover, taking it below him creates a more interesting effect as if the child was taller than everyone.
While taking this photo, two kids were playing with toys. I took the photo in secret so they won’t notice me and will keep working on their toys. This can create a natural and calm effect.
Break the rules of composition
In the photo above, instead of putting the face of the kid on the left of right side of the photo, I put him almost to the middle. Moreover, half of his head is cut off, which broke the rules of composition. But by breaking it, a more interesting and unique photo is created.
The subject in the photo is picking his nose. This normally disgusting gesture used in the photo can create a interest and funny photo. Moreover, we can also see his facial expression, making the photo seem more unique.