How to use gaze direction in portrait photography
A balanced composition in photography is crucial. And when it comes to portraits, one of the easiest ways to achieve balance is to use the direction of gaze. This simple technique can significantly affect the picture.
When drawing up a portrait in accordance with the “rule of thirds” or the “golden ratio”, the subject is on the left or right of the center of the frame. Tip: after you decide on the main composition, direct your gaze towards the “empty” space in the frame.
Note that this technique works best when space is not overloaded with elements. Compositional weight gives him a view of the subject shooting.
Sometimes the empty two-thirds of the frame looks interesting with the addition of some element (falling sheet, railroad tracks), but a look in this direction plays a crucial role.
If the subject looks in the direction opposite to the larger part of the picture, this may indicate indifference. If at the same time there is not enough weight in the empty area of the frame, then the gaze can significantly upset the balance.