Hey! Everyone. In today’s video, we’re going to be going over an important portrait tip that. Every photographer should know. Today’s video, we have veteran photographer Kaylee June. Thank you for having me here today. And let’s just get straight into these tips. Let’s do it.
All right, so our first tip today is to add accessories to models so this can really emphasize in parts of a photograph and just sort of spice it up a little bit. If it’s looking a little bit too tall or not really interesting. And accessories can really help with just adding something extra to the photo.
Tip number two on the model’s level. So scientifically it has been proven that if you’re viewing a photo where a model is basically at your level, not too far but not too far below, you actually feel more at ease with viewing the photo and more comfortable looking at it.
So if the model standing in front of you. Get them to bend down to your level just a little bit. And then, if they’re sitting down then bend down to their level or whichever way it works. Make sure that you’re both unseen. Yeah. Basically.
Tip number three. Make sure that there’s no hair around the models. Sometimes when there’s too much hair on the model’s neck. It looks like they almost don’t have a neck and that’s not really good photographically. So, you want to make it look like it’s elongated and that there’s a lot of space there. And especially, if the most wearing accessories you want to make them viewable.
So when adding accessories there are a few things you can look at doing you can add earrings, necklaces, a hairpiece, if it makes the photo look a little bit more interesting.
Tip number four. Remove tension around the model’s mouth. Sometimes, more inexperienced models will have a lot of tension around this area.
And it does make the photograph quite strained with expressions and just not very comfortable to look at. Yeah. So it’s always good to make sure that there’s no tension in that area. You can’t ask them to just softly go out of their mouth. And that will remove a bit of the tension and also make it just a little bit more relaxed really.
So long the tension in the mouth make sure, there’s no tension around the model’s shoulders. Get them to loosen it up a little bit. Just move their shoulders back. Just to make sure it’s going to be close to.
Tip number five. You don’t always have to crop in camera.
You can do this by just taking a step backward and making sure you get a little bit more in the background of the image. This is always just good if you’re not entirely certain on how you want the image to look final or if you’re indecisive. If you can just like take a step back, get a little bit more of the background and that gives you the option to crop a little bit later on. A lot of people will say that you should always be cropping. But I keep having that second option is very helpful. It’s always good.
I find like if you if you get too close in there, are absolutely no room. You’re kind of you kind of committed to that photo. You always have a second option, if you shoot a little bit wider and you just you happen.
Tip Number Six create a more interesting portrait by shooting through things. If you’re looking for new angles with your work.
This is a really good concept to try out. If you shoot through things or even hold something in front of the camera lens, just to make it look more real interesting or create a new shape or angle with your work. This can be a really interesting way to do that.
Tip number seven. WATCH THE MODEL’S HANDS.
And this is an important one. So, I don’t know if you noticed this before we’ve been retouching. But if you have your head up like this. It’s very hard to touch. So it’s always good to get the model to face their head this way, and it’s a lot easier to retouched it looks nicer.
It’s just better that way. Another thing we were talking about is to make sure that hand is not very tense you never feel like models and also not like this.
Not like just like an if you look like a claw. Like if they like that and just get them to sort of move their hands with the fingers like a little bit closer together it’s going to be really relaxed.
Tip number eight when you want to find the best play, just have the model turn around the circle.
That’s my favorite one. This is especially useful for shooting in harsh light. Because it’s really hard to do that sometimes. So if you can get the model to stand in a circle then you can leave with them. And see where the light is best hitting their face. Sometimes this might be backlit scornful some. Just depending on the time of day. And then you’ll know what’s the best way to shoot it. Yes. Exactly it’s really easy. Also seeing all those different types of light you can kind of pick and choose what you how you want to shoot. Yeah. So instead of just shooting one way and thinking oh that’s all I have.
So those are important tips that we think every photographer should know. Thank you so much, Kelly, for being in that video. Thank you guys so much for watching. Thanks, guys. Bye.