Wednesday, 29 August 2012

7 Tips for Photographing People

Photographing People
Photo By Xava Du

1. Expressions Matter Most

In photography, we often get caught up in the technical aspects of the subject. In people photography though, the expressions are most important. In fact, your people skills will come in handier than any technical expertise. Talk to people, interact with them, make them smile and then, just capture the moment.

Photographing People
Photo By Ronn

2. Narrate Faceless Stories

In addition to traditional faceless portraits, you can also capture unique candid shots in which the people are identifiable, but their faces are not. A group of kids in a huddle, a couple shot from behind while holding each other’s hands are interesting ways in which you can narrate a story without showing someone’s face.

Photographing People
Photo By Jim Boud

3. Use Blink Detection

If your camera has a blink detection mode (most modern camera’s does) use it to ensure that your subject’s eyes are not shut.

Photographing People
Photo By Alireza Teimoury

4. Avoid Reflections in Spectacles

Glasses almost always cause reflections and most are not pretty. Remember light always travels in a straight line and when it is reflected off a surface it is reflected in exactly the same angle in the opposite direction at which it touched the surface. You could use this property of light to avoid reflections in spectacles by asking your subject to bend their head slightly there by changing the angle at which the light is reflected and making it invisible to the camera.

Photographing People
Photo By Alexis Mire

5. Carry a Compact Camera

Carry a compact camera always with you. You could use it as your backup camera if something goes wrong with your main equipment. Also a small compact camera will not intimidate your subject and help you take candid shots.

Photographing People
Photo By Thomas F Peng

6. Warm up Your Shots

People shots look better in a slightly warmer tone. Use either Shade or Cloudy white balance mode if you wish to make skin tones warmer.

Photographing People
Photo By Paul Cox

7. Use Props in your Compositions

Use props to convey a person’s interests, and also to add a fun element to the image. Use only elements that naturally belong in the scene and add to the value of your composition. Props should not look like it was purposefully introduced to the scene.

Photographing People
Photo By Mario AV