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2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors

If you have been following our photography for awhile, you will know that we photograph lots of different subjects.

We juggle portraits, jumps, landscapes, animals, still life, food, nature and love photographing every single one! Although some subjects are harder to photograph than others, one of which is portraits.

The amount of time it has taken us to master our portraits amounts to endless hours with countless trail and error.

By having tested almost every different portrait angle, expression, and composition, we can teach you first hand what to do. and what NOT to do, when it comes down to photographing attractive, stunningly beautiful portraits.

We have 3 fantastic ebooks dedicated to portrait photography to choose from:

Click on the links below for details on each ebook:

Hot Tips for Outdoor Portrait Photography ebook

Modelling Tips eBook

DSLR Blueprint eBook

In the meantime, you might be surprised or even find yourself making these 2 very common portrait errors that could set you back from taking portrait we know you are capable of.

Scroll down to read what these 2 Surprising Portrait Photography Errors are.

1. Low Point of View

As photographers we are always moving around, changing composition, photographing from different angles adjusting the light etc. But the one thing we never, ever do. is photograph the model from a low perspective. Why?

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this… 1) It makes the models jaw line pretty much disappear, even with someone who has a very obvious jaw line will still struggle to keep it, if you photograph with a low perceptive, which is obviously not an ideal or attractive outcome!

2) By photographing the model with a low point of view, you also look up their nose… Hence, this type of composition is rarely considered a good a idea…!

You may not be making this error to the extent in which I have described – however, it’s easy to do it a little bit without noticing it so try and avoid it all together.

2. Head on Portraits

 

The second error portrait photographers make, are shooting portrait too head on. The ultimate goal with portraits is to make the person look relaxed and gorgeous at the same time. Photographing the model head on looking at the photographer completely straight or with no tilt of their head ends up looking plan boring like a passport photo… Which doesn’t flatter the model or give them a good jaw line.

Just take a look at the photograph above, this is a great example of how to correctly photograph a head on portrait.

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Feel like you’re in a slump? 27 Jump Photographs to Make You Feel Happy

Everyone has those low moments, when you feel like you’re in a slump, and the furthest thing from feeling happy…

Which is why it’s time for a collection of photographs that just make you want to smile! 27 Jump Photographs to get you smiling, and feel like you too, can jump as high as the birds in the sky!

 

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The 3 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make

One of the things we’d all love to do, when we take up a new hobby, is to have the insider-scoop on what TO DO, or what NOT TO DO.

Wouldn’t it make it easier, if you just had those few insights, that would jump you up a few levels? Help you avoid those easy-to-make mistakes? Well then take a look at “The 3 Mistakes Beginner Photographers Make”

1. Equipment

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Most beginners focus way too much on camera equipment.

In the beginning you only need 1 camera body and 1 lens to start building a good portfolio of photographs. Don’t keep obsessing about what other equipment photographers are using. After all a good camera doesn’t take phenomenal photographs by itself; think of photography as 70% the photographer, 30% camera equipment.

If you want to know what equipment we love, then take a look at our blog post specifically on this.

1. Top 3 Lenses for Portraits – 2. Equipment FAQ

2. Framing

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In the beginning, it’s easy to frame photographs badly. You get so caught up checking the settings on the camera, you don’t focus on how you are framing the photograph to make it look the best possible.

So what we suggest is, take a couple of photographs, then check the framing on the camera and ask yourself if it looks good, or if you don’t know it looks right, keep changing it until you think it’s right.

Remember to keep thinking about the framing when you’re taking photographs and you will soon turn a bad habit into a good one!

When you’re actually taking photographs, try several compositions, and frame closely, further away, and as many combinations as you can think of. Your eye will quickly pick up the right framing, and composition.

3. It’s Art, not a Click

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Photography is about being able to capture and compose a photograph in the most flattering way possible. It’s the thought behind the photograph that makes a photograph – the planning, the combination of thought and light. The difference between a “click”, and “art”.

In some cases, photographs we take can have 20 minutes planning – even if it’s just the location, getting there, organising etc. Other times photographs can have hours and hours of thought and action behind it.

All the planning, all the thought and care behind each photograph, is similar to a painter, standing over their canvas, for hours and hours, creating a masterpiece.

Creating beautiful photographs is more than just clicking the button on the camera. So as soon as you think, and start to think of photography as a painting, with you standing over a blank canvas – that’s when you’ll begin to create really sensational photographs you can be immensely proud of.

There is a big difference between a snapshot and a photograph; you don’t just go for a walk and snap a picture of something along your way.

So start by thinking of adding 2 + 2 — i.e. if you want a beautiful landscape, find some gorgeous landscape, and add good light. The combination of 2 things, can often make a photograph.

Another example is, if you’re taking a portrait – next to roses, then try to set off the colour by adding a contrasting colour, or one which matches the colours. We very often combine colours – so if we’re taking a portrait in daffodils, then we’ll match it up by adding a cute yellow headband.

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