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Monday, March 09, 2009

How To Avoid Family Portrait Clichés

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The list kinda goes like this:

  1. Alter your perspective: Get extra-high or low for some unique shots.
  2. Play with eye contact: Try looking off camera or exchanging looks with someone in the frame.
  3. Break the rules of composition: You don't always need the rule of thirds. Go crazy and sometimes you might run into something you'll love.
  4. Experiment with lighting: Generate mood with backlighting and silhouetting your subject, or slow down your ISO and grab tons of light into your photo.
  5. Get your subject comfortable: You can do this with silly shots, making the subject feel like it's less of chore and more of a fun activity.
  6. Shoot candid: Posed shots are okay sometimes, but candidness is unbelievably effective every time!
  7. Introduce props: Interesting items can and will add a new life to your photos.
  8. Obscure your subject: Try shots where your focus is more on one part of the body, leaving the rest of the photo open to the viewer's imagination.
  9. Take a bunch of shots: Bursting can create a very interesting series of images if you do it right.
Photo courtesy of Kevin Murphy.

1 comments:

Michelle said...

this is too cute!

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