Here are some Portrait Photography Tips if you’re shooting on location, or in the subject’s native habitat.
7. Make the picture communicate something.
Probably you’re not trying to make the subject look good but you want to communicate something else.
Here’s a shot that communicates… something. But the subject probably won’t be showing it to any girlfriends.
8. Find the best angle.
You may not be able to direct your subject so YOU have to move.
Shoot from different angles, different heights, keep an eye on the background so it isn’t cluttering up the scene. Use the tele zoom as possible. Sometimes flash, and the subject looking into the camera, works well:
Sometimes it’s better to wait until the subject is looking away:
Sometimes it’s better to catch the subject unawares:
9. Keep shooting.
The difference between a so-so picture and a stunning picture can be a fraction of a second. Digital is cheap so shoot lots and work out what to keep once you have uploaded the files and viewed them on a big screen.
If you really want to learn how to take great photos, portrait or otherwise, and get good at this stuff we highly recommend Beginner Digital Photography as a resource.
It covers everything you need to know from beginner to pro in an interactive format you can study or refer to at your own pace and at your level of experience.