When you think of portrait photos, you might think that all you need is an 85mm lens, a camera, and a pretty model. Simply capture the face in the frame and that’s it. You have a nice portrait image. However, the pros know there’s more to it than that. This video on compositional tips for portrait photography by Julia Trotti is to help beginner portrait photographers – those who might not know that there’s more to creating a good composition with portraits:
Some of the interesting compositional tips that Julia shares are:
- Never crop out the feet when shooting full-body portraits.
- When shooting mid-length portraits crop above the knees rather than below.
- Keep the subject’s face as the center of focus for sitting down portraits. It also helps keep distortions at bay (especially with a lens like the 35mm which is unconventional for portraits).
She loves shooting with a 35mm lens – an unconventional choice for portraiture, no doubt. With a wide-angle lens like that you must get in close to be able to make a good composition.
She justifies the use of the lens by stating that she loves leaving negative space around the subject. We happen to like this technique a lot too. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments.
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