1. Experiment with lighting
In the portrait of my friend, I experimented with light gels. Red and blue lights creates a mystique atmosphere. Since we were taking the photos in indoor and the lights inside were really dark I had to adjust my ISO to a larger number.
2. Shoot candidly
Above is the portrait of a boy playing with his blocks. I liked the way he was looking at his train and the pose of his hands which made the photo more natural. I adjusted my aperture to the lowest one to create a blur in my foreground and to focus on the kid.
3. Framing the subject
This is a portrait of my classmate framed in a box. He was posing himself in a various way for a picture. I took this photo when he framed himself inside the trash can. I think the way he posed his hand and the reflection of it made the photo more interesting being a punctuation in this photo.
4. Eye contact (within the frame)
Above is a portrait of three girls having a talk. The two girls at the side are smiling to each other which is one of the techniques for portrait. Having an eye contact within the frame.
5. Alter perspective
This is a portrait of a kid playing games with her classmates. They played with a rope by repeatedly lying down and getting up. When she lied down, I got up high and took this photo. I took several photos of her since her pose changed every time she lied down. Above one was the best shot among those.
6. Eye contact
This is a portrait of a little boy having a strong eye contact with the camera. While I was taking a photo of him playing with his red toy, he looked up and had a eye contact with me. So, I quickly captured the moment using continuous shots.
7. Eye contact (Looking off the camera)
Above is the portrait of my classmate with flowers. He was talking with the person next to me, so I took a photo of him naturally looking off from the camera. To create a shallow depth of field and to focus on him, I adjusted my aperture as the lowest one which is 4.0.
8. Breaking the rules of composition
Rule of thirds is one of the composition guidelines which makes people feel comfortable when looking at the photo. However, even though the subject in this portrait is placed in the middle breaking the rule of thirds, the picture is still stable.
9. Introduce of a prop
In this portrait, I used bubbles to create another point of interest other than just taking the photo of the subject. While I was taking the photos of the subject, I had my friend blow the bubble for me. As the bubble quickly pops, I used continuous shots to catch the moment.
10. Experiment with subject expressions
When I was taking a photo of him, he was playing with clays making a model of the turtle. Maybe he was thinking of how he should make a turtle when he put on a suspicious look. To create a shallow depth of field and focus on him, I adjusted my aperture to the lowest one.