The ABCs of Portraits
You may not know that photography can make you better at Scrabble.
Here are the ABCâ€™S of portraiture. Some of these can score high, not just in your next Scrabble game, but with your portraiture.
Â A is for Abstract
Portraits donâ€™t have to be the whole face of a person. You can experiment with abstracting the face, highlighting her most beautiful feature.
B is for Background
Backgrounds help to declutter a portrait, to make the subject stand out.
C is for Composition
Designing a composition that works is crucial in a portrait. Want to make people uncomfortable? Center the subject. But most of the time, avoid centering your subject and use basics like leading lines, to lead the eye to your subject.
D is for Depth of field
Controlling depth of field using your Aperture helps you make a portrait pop. A shallow aperture can give a portrait a creamy goodness thatâ€™s better than milk. (Well, almost.)
E is for Environment
Donâ€™t be afraid to go wide and include the environment. The surrounding space around a portrait can help give it story.
F is for Foreground
Not just background, but foreground can give your portrait impact. Selective inclusion of foreground elements can help you make a good composition.
G is for Grace
Graceful portraits make us look again, and again. One of the simplest ways to introduce grace into a photo is using lines. Another way is to ask the subject to position their hands in a certain way, like in this photo.
H is for High key
Overexpose the photo artfully for a stunningly bright high-key image.
I is for Intimacy
Get up close and tell a private story with your lens. Intimate portraits take us into the subjectâ€™s emotion and helps our audience connect with the stranger in the image.
J is for Juxtaposition
Introduce tension or harmony into the image using juxtaposition. This is putting two things side by side to compare or contrast them. Contrast can be a good way to add impact to a portrait.
Oh wait. This is only 10 letters of the alphabet. If you want the rest of the alphabet, I guess you better get my free ebook!