How to take a good photograph

Tips to help you take the perfect portrait

How to take a good photograph

Want to get your story published on Springster? One great way to make your article more interesting is including a photograph of whoever you are writing about. Having a good photograph of the person the that you interviewed or writing adds a visual element to your story and it allows the person that’s reading your article to actually see the person that they are reading about.

Taking the image after you’ve interviewed the person works well because they have warmed up to you, you’ve spent some time talking and you also have a sense of them as a person.

Here are a few tips for taking a good portrait:

Lighting:

Light is the most important part of the photograph. Good light is soft and flattering (light that doesn’t create shadows on your face). If you’re photographing outside, avoid direct sunlight because it will create shadows on the face of the person you’re photographing. They will also end up squinting because the sun is in their eyes. Try taking pictures under tree or any place that’s hidden from the sun instead.

If you don’t want to shoot in the shade the best time to photograph someone is during sunrise and sunset. The light will be gold, warm and flattering.

Comfort:

Make sure the person that you’re photographing feels comfortable. If they’re comfortable you can get the best out them. You can do this by making sure that you are comfortable and calm during the shoot. People will feel relaxed when you are. Be clear with the person that you’re photographing about what you want them to do. If you want them to stand a certain way or to look somewhere, tell them this clearly. Don’t touch without asking permission - if you want to move a stray hair or tilt the subjects head in a certain way ask them first, “Can I fix your hair?” When the person says yes, then you touch.

Preparation:

You have to come to a shoot prepared. You do this by doing research; you research the kinds of photos that you want to take. If you can go to where you are shooting beforehand you should, that way you can see the place and you’re not seeing it for the first time on the day you shoot. It will also help you plan your shoot and on the day you will be more comfortable with the space. If you can’t go before, then you should arrive to the location 15 - 25 minutes early.

Talk:

During the shoot talk to the person that you’re photographing. Keep the conversation going even after the actual interview. The more the two of you get familiar the more comfortable, the more relaxed the subject and the better the pictures will be.

Just keep these tips and tricks in mind when you’re taking photos. Like with most things in life, practice makes perfect!

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