1) Altering Your Perspective: In the portrait below, I altered my perspective by getting down low onto the ground, only focusing on my cousin’s legs, feet, and the teddy bear. The selective color used helps create a stronger effect on the photo, bringing a stronger focus to certain subjects (knitted sweater, flower, etc.)
2) Playing With Eye Contact: This picture’s eye contact is really interesting since both subjects are looking at different places (the little boy is looking down at his artwork, and the little girl is staring right at the camera). When I took this picture, I set my camera on the table and tilted it upwards a little so that the lens would mainly focus on the little girl’s face. The aperture was quite low, so the background was blurred out.
3) Experimenting With Lighting: I played around with lighting in this portrait of the little boy. He was playing with mosaics on a table that was lit up, which helped create a beautiful glow effect on his face. This photo was taken at a low aperture, so both the foreground (wooden border) and the background is blurred out, leaving only the subject in focus.
4) Shooting Candidly: The portrait below shows a man and his son lighting up an incense and putting it into the temple’s incense pot. Both of their expressions are completely natural and focused on what they’re doing since they didn’t know that I was taking a picture of them.
5) Introducing A Prop: In this portrait, I introduced a prop (the flowers), which helps add a story element to the portrait and sets the mood of the photo. I took this photo by asking my mom to lie down on the table while holding the flowers. We tried quite a few different angles and this ended up being my favorite. The photo was taken at a low aperture so the main focus is the flowers and the hand while the background is blurred out.
6) Focusing On One Body Part: In the photo below, I chose to focus on my dad’s hand. This allows viewers to leave the rest to their imagination – what does the person look like? Who is he? The ring strengthens the impact of the photo, creating a focal point and making the portrait a lot more unique.
7) Obscuring Part Of Your Subject: I chose to focus on only a part of my dad’s face. Like the previous technique, this allows viewers to leave the rest of the picture to their imagination. My camera was at a low aperture when I took this photo, so my dad’s hair and the ear is blurred out.
8) Taking A Series Of Shots: I was using continuous shooting mode when I took these pictures. By taking a series of shots, you can show the entire “story” chronologically, and viewers can see what happens across a certain period of time.
9) Introducing Movement: I kind of used the panning technique when I took this portrait. I followed the little boy’s movement so that his face and torso was in focus while his hand, the car, and the background are blurred out. This shows that the little boy was moving around at a fast speed. This technique helps add more interest to the photo.
10) Experimenting With Subject Expressions: The portrait below shows an interesting expression that helps demonstrate the subject’s personality, the mood he’s in at the moment, etc. This photo is also a candid shot, where the little boy was sticking out his tongue playfully and looking off into the distance.