Flattering Portraits

Since last week we looked over how different focal lengths can change the look of a subject, this week we will look over various ways to create more flattering portraits.

Check the angles:

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Avoid hands making “claws”:

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Check the shadows:

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Break up straight lines on the body (remember in the composition lesson when we discuss C curves and S curves?  This doesn’t just work for landscapes but people as well)

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Again, S shaped curves look more natural on people:

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Watch where to crop on the body:

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When photographing groups, keep an eye out for distracting backgrounds and dangling hands:

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