10 Unusual Approaches to Taking Portraits


In this article, we will look at shooting portraits in a different way, from a new perspective, breaking all the rules, or not breaking, but at least bypassing them. Avoiding the rule, you can add to your photos a fraction of chance, unusualness.

Let's take a look at the points of 10 basic principles that will help you break the stereotypes of portraits and bring something new to your photos.

1. Change your point of view Most portraits are mainly photographed at the eye level of the subject. This approach to shooting, albeit correct, but rather template and boring. Try changing the angle of shooting, this can help you make really beautiful, unusual photos. Try to stand just below the camera to obtain shots taken as if from a height. In any case, you will get a new shooting angle, which means that as a result your photos will be at least unusual.

2. A look to the side It is amazing how much the look can affect the mood of the frame and the picture as a whole. In most photographs, we are used to seeing a frontal look, but looking away to the side can make the photo different.

A. A look outside the camera. Suppose you saw something invisible, but very interesting, and look at it curiously, distracted from the shooting. Such photos look very sincere, they seem to radiate new emotions. For the greater veracity of such a portrait, find somewhere behind the camera, something interesting, and look at this object. So it will be easier for you to play surprise, delight, or interest in something.

B. A look with a camera. These are pictures in which both the model and the camera are looking at something in common. For example, a child plays with the ball and looks at it, while it is photographed with the same ball, or the parent is passionate about his own child, and the camera, at the same time, “looks” at the child. Find some interesting thing that is in the field of view of the camera. Such pictures are very informative, they tell a certain story, have a plot.

3. Break the rules of composition There are many “rules” and recommendations on how “better” to photograph a particular object, in a particular case. And of course, everyone needs to know these rules. And to know only in order to learn how to beautifully break them. A beautiful violation of the rules will lead to a beautiful result.

Rule of Thirds is one of the rules that you may violate. Creating “dead areas” (those in which there is a void, there are no logical objects), you give more power to the image in the photo. Creative placement of the object right on the edge of the photo can create an interesting unusual image.

Other rules. Violation of other rules that are customary to observe in portrait photography can also work well to create an unusual, unconventional image.

4. Experiment with lighting Another element of chance that can be used in photography is light. When it comes to using and playing with light in photography, an almost endless array of options opens up. The use of lighting from the side can create the impression of backlighting, side lighting, in absolute darkness on the other side of the face, will give photos of mystery, mystery and mysticism.

5. Get out of your comfort zone. Very often, taking pictures in our comfort zone, we get too boring, monotonous and uninteresting pictures. These are not those photos that will cause delight and joy after many years, they are those photos that you can forget about in a week. To avoid this, try to invent and do something extraordinary, something that may seem silly, absurd and funny. For example, you can jump, portraying with your body and face funny poses and grimaces. You can pretend that you are jumping at the photographer, imagine, after a while, looking at this photo, it will seem that the person from the photo is jumping directly at the viewer. It's fun, it's funny, and most importantly, not at all boring. You and your photographer will enjoy the process of shooting, and this is the key to success.

6. Photograph your sincere feelings Staged shots almost always look theatrical, unnatural. And there are people who simply can’t prove themselves in the staged frames, they simply can’t force themselves to squeeze at least something out of themselves. In this case, it would be much more appropriate to take pictures in the work environment, or in the family circle. This will allow you to relax, behave at ease and be as sincere as possible. It is especially important to practice such a game form of photographing when photographing children. Ask the baby to show his favorite toys, take pictures of him when he plays, reads, learns, when he is truly, sincerely passionate about his work.

7. Point of interest Add some additional interesting element to your photo, this will create an additional point of attention to your frame. Yes, in this case, you risk distracting attention from the main subject, but if you do this carefully, the results will undoubtedly please you.

8. Focus on one part of the body You can shoot the whole object, or you can concentrate on the most important thing, on the hands, lips, eyes, each such picture will carry a special mood, a special message to the viewer. Very often, what didn’t fall into the frame speaks of more than what it contains.

9. Hide details Variations on the theme of focusing on certain points and correctly placed accents can be realized in a different way. This can be done with clothing and third-party items. By hiding parts of the picture, you give free rein to the imagination of your viewer.

10. Take a series of shots Take a series of shots, not just one static image. This technique can be especially effective for shooting children who play actively or have fun. It is also useful when shooting an object that changes its position and posture very quickly. It will look beautiful in dance, or when playing sports.

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