Tips for improving the portrait photographs

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How many times you have wished after looking at your photographs that they could look be little better. Do your photos experience common faults like out of the focus, bad lighting, and lack of detail.

Your pictures are your wonderful memories, so make them wonderful pictures. So let us follow easy tips which would help to enhance and improve the portrait photographs.

See the background

Most of the times when we click pictures, then we normally forget the background completely and just completely concentrate on the subject. For clicking the photograph of people against the seascapes and landscapes just ensure that buildings are standing straight and the horizon is horizontal. So it is important to take the quick look at the background behind the people while photographed.

Group portraits

You have seen or clicked thousands of pictures taken in group of people. You cannot see the detail of their faces. So go closer and take the photos, then you will get the detail of the photo.


Click the photos at the eye level of the subject

While clicking the photographs of the people, you will find the good results if they are taken at the eye level. For example, taking photos for children and animals sit or kneel down to get their level.

To click the detail, use close up

Want to click the beautiful smile of a child, you need to come closer. Actually there is no need to capture the complete person in a frame.

Use the focus lock

Use the focus lock, to keep the subject sharp. If the subject is not in middle of frame, than the camera might focus on the background and the subject would look blurry. So aim your camera at your subject, press and hold shutter button to get the focus lock.

Use the camera horizontally and vertically

Hold your camera vertically to get the tall and narrow picture; this is very effective for clicking the portraits. If you are taking the photo near an important landmark than choose the correct format.

Avoid the harsh light


Clicking portraits on sunny and bright days would be a good idea, but it can give out bad results as well. Bright lights actually create harsh shadows. So just try that your subject is not looking directly into the sunlight or their back at the sun, in both the cases it would not produce good photos.

Natural photos

Try out for some natural shots also in which people are not smiling. It is also important to take a break from the smiling photos.
Use flash

Flash is not only for indoors, you can use it for clicking photographs as well.

Author is amateur wild life photographer. He is associated with Pixpa - an photography portfolio website solution provider which provides photographers portfolio website .

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