For portraits photography, we normally
use vertical shooting. Horizontal shooting is only used if there is a
special background that we wish to bring into the photos or certain
actions or event that is unique.
The idea of using vertical shooting for portraits is actually quite
simple. By using vertical shooting, the subject/human is better fit
into the photos. The subject will cover most portion of the photo and
this gives much emphasize on the subject. We know who or what is the
important subject in the photos and it also looks more natural.
Although we try to fit the subject into the photos as much, try to
leave some space in order not to look too packed and suffocating. Try
to leave some space especially around the eye sight of the subject or
the action of the subject taken photo.
For composition for portraits photography, the idea is always about bringing out and
emphasize on the human in the photos. Hence, the subject must cover
most portions of the photos and should never be too small. If the
subject is small, the depth of field will be larger and this will makes
the subject looks normal with the background. Photos like this will
show that the subject and the background itself is equal and this will
not be a good portraits photo.
Taking portraits photo, it is recommended to make the subject look big,
we try to capture from body and above with bigger ratio. This will also
create a smaller depth of field. With the depth of field getting
smaller, the subject remains clears whereas the background and the
surrounding will become blur. This helps a lot in showing which subject
is the most important in the photo and draw the attention directly.
The placement of the subject in the photo is equally important. Where
should the subject be? At the center of the photos? At the corner of
the photos? You can place the subject at the center of the photos, it
is alright, but this will makes the photos and the subject looks dull
and boring. To make the photo more attractive, we usually follow with
the rule of third.
Imagine dividing your photos into nine section, like a tic tac toe
board. Place whatever that you think is the most important part at one
of the four cross-section. This way the photo will look more natural
Although it is not necessary to keep follow with the rule of third in
order to take good photos as photography is a matter of art and there
is just no restriction on which rules to follow and abide with in art.
The pro will always find a certain angle or composition and capture a
fantastic photo. However, for the beginners, following the few tips
here will ensure you to come up with some good photos and you might be
amaze with how pro your photos looks. So time to grab your camera and
try it out.