Posing for portrait photography

There are many things to take note when learning to take portrait photography. You can’t just ask the person to stand somewhere, take your camera and just shoot and hope for the best. A vacation family photo can be taken just like that. But to achieve more some additional understanding about basic portrait photography will be needed.

It is fine to fill in the frame, get close up to catch the appearance of a person’s features. Sometimes you want to enhance the picture and thus you have to tell your subject to position in a way to get a better portrait shot. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo composition – Shape, form, pattern and texture

Photography basically is not just about snapping a picture, scenery or a person and just left it at that. To make it more attractive, you want to convey something distinctive like a shape, form, texture or pattern in the photo. Keep your eyes open in a scene or situation for something interesting looking out for form and shapes, patterns and texture and try to add it in creatively into your photograph. Read the rest of this entry »

Portrait Photography Tips

Taking a proper people portrait is very different from taking pictures of say a picture of family and you in a holiday travel destination. For one, you are not taking a picture of “I was here” in this so-and-so vacation place. Sure those photos are memorable and show a happy family together for an outing in some far flung place. And of course if you must and do show a bit of the location you were at by including bits of background picture of wherever you were having a vacation.

However to get a nice good portrait photography, such backgrounds are more of a distraction unless you can make it part of your photo composition in an artistic way. In any case, less is more for portrait photography. Read the rest of this entry »

Wedding Photography

One of the more rewarding aspects of learning photography basics is when you use it to take wedding reception photos. A family member, a friend or a colleague may request for your help to take some memorable wedding photography. Because it can be a very tough job, some compensation fees or ex-gratia payment may be expected; unless of course the wedding couple is a complete miser and totally oblivious to the amount of suffering a wedding photographer has to endure to capture their wedding photos! Read the rest of this entry »

People and Portrait Photography Basics

Taking photography of people whether it is family members, friends or even strangers requires a certain amount of awareness, a quick and steady hand to capture a candid moment.

And of course you may need to stand up to some amount of embarrassment as you pick up your DSLR camera and point towards the intended subject with or without their knowledge. Some situations are easier, with friends and family members who are not too camera shy, as well as when you are hired to take wedding photography reception events. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo composition – Diminishing perspective

The idea behind this photo composition using diminishing perspective is that objects that are further away will look smaller than those that are nearer to it. Basic photography of this method is to look for objects of similar sized or repeated objects in a line. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Composition – Aerial Perspective

Aerial perspective has nothing to do with taking a picture from an airplane, though it sounded just like it. The aerial perspective photo composition is about a scene where distant objects in the far distance appear hazier and lighter in tone than when an object is viewed closer. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo composition – three point perspective

The three point perspective for photo composition is achieved when you are at a low angle from the subject. It creates a slight vertigo effect because of the converging verticals, yet at the same time you have the other two side point perspective to add greater depth to the picture. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo composition – two point perspective

Two point perspective can be used in your photo composition for buildings or objects where you might want to show its shape and structure which would otherwise be lost if you were to shoot the picture head on. Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Composition – One point perspective

The one point perspective is one of the easiest perspective viewpoints to use in your photo composition. All you need to do is to look out for converging lines in a scene and take your picture. Simple, no? Read the rest of this entry »

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