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Tips for Photojournalism Photography

Photography is a popular hobby for many; maybe you would like to take it a step further and are interested in photojournalism photography. There are ways to incorporate it into your photography hobby. One way might be at weddings. Having their wedding photographed in segments to chronicle the event would be a unique gift that any newlywed couple would love to have.

1. Capture the Moment

Instead of trying to create a moment that is picture perfect, capture the moments that are picture perfect as they arise. The photographs may not be flawless, but they will capture the true emotion and atmosphere of the event. Make sure that you are always paying attention so that you are ready at the right moment. For instance, at the wedding ceremony, don’t focus only on the ceremony, but also keep an eye out and capture some of the emotions from the guests.

2. Tell a Story with a Single Photo

Try to make each image you take tell the complete story. Whenever possible, try to capture as much of the foreground in the photos that you take. This is important because years from now when people are reminiscing and looking at the photos, you want them to remember why everyone was laughing or crying.

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12 Creative Portrait Ideas

Chances are when someone hears the word “portrait” they think of something like this: “Plain, monochromatic background. Focus on the face. Everyone look at the camera now and say, “Cheese!””. (Very yearbook-ish, right?)

While a quality portrait should definitely highlight the subject, it should also capture the essence of the subject’s personality and best features.  Here are 12 creative portrait ideas that will take your headshots from “simple” to “extraordinary”…

Creative Portrait Idea #1:

Square Between the Eyes – By cropping in tight against the face, the subject’s eyes become the focal point and seem to fill the entire frame. A square shape provides a fresh twist on the standard rectangular photo.

Flickr: s-t-r-a-n-g-e

Creative Portrait Idea #2:

Become a High-Key Master – High-key means to shoot against a white background and over-exposing the subject. This artistic technique allows the subject’s finer details to shine through, creating a unique gallery-worthy photo.

Flickr: Ben Zvan

Creative Portrait Idea #3:

Get Emotional – There’s no rule that states portraits should only be taken of happy, smiling faces. Instead, make an effort to capture your subject’s raw emotion and invite your viewer to share in the subject’s joy or sorrow.

Flickr: wGGta

Creative Portrait Idea #4:

Line ‘Em Up! Break away from the traditional standing side-by-side group shot! By incorporating the use of vertical lines, the photo is automatically more interesting and engaging.

Flickr: slemmon

Creative Portrait Idea #5:

Mirror, Mirror – Give your photos a striking edge! Post-production techniques and filters such as mirror imagery help keep your creative juice flowing long after the camera has been put away!

Flickr: shannonkringen

Creative Portrait Idea #6:

Focus Away from the Face – Headshots are always nice, but by focusing on the baby’s feet and his mother’s hands, the photographer captures a tender moment that will be cherished for years to come.

Flickr: babasteve

Creative Portrait Idea #7:

Draw in the Details – This portrait maintains its focus on girl’s eyes by hiding the remaining two-thirds of her face with a large red flower. The bold use of color makes for a captivating work of art!

Flickr: 28045310@N08

Creative Portrait Idea #8:

Use Your Environment – Explore the use of depth of field and use your environment – or surroundings – to your advantage. In this portrait, the background allows the viewer to take in the crowd milling about, while the focus is on the child holding a bright bouquet of flowers.

Flickr: flydime

Creative Portrait Idea #9:

Up Close ‘n Personal – Don’t be afraid to get in close and tight! While doing so will likely cut off part of the subject’s face or head, this only adds to the dramatic effect.

Flickr: ammgramm

Creative Portrait Idea #10:

A Change in Perspective – Every now and then, a change in perspective is just what the doctor ordered. Here we see the subject enjoying the sunny day, while the seagulls soaring high above also remain in focus. Experiment by getting above, below and along-side your subjects for truly fantastic shots.

Flickr: mikelo

Creative Portrait Idea #11:

The Anti-Portrait – We all have those, “Don’t take my picture!” moments. But deliberately concealing the subject’s face can be a great technique for candid shots as well as fun editorial pieces. For example, this portrait could be used to illustrate the anti-social behavior many coffee drinkers exhibit before consuming their first cup of Joe…

Flickr: kyle92

Creative Portrait Idea #12:

Looking Away – Who says you should always be looking straight at the camera? Some subjects, like children, may prefer to look away from your lens as opposed to head-on. Respect their shyness and use it to your advantage. Note how the focus here is soft and light, creating an almost angelic appearance.

Flickr: frankjuarez


Whether you decide to use one or all of these creative portrait ideas, remember this: To truly get the feel for taking quality portraits, allow yourself to be photographed on occasion as well. You will not only gain valuable perspective from the subject’s point of view, but you’ll also be able to share your growing knowledge with others.

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Flattering a Subject: The Art of Directional Light

directional light wedding portraits

In portraiture, flattering a subject involves controlling the quantity, quality, and direction of light.  For today, let’s focus on direction. The direction of light refers to the main light’s position and height as it relates to the subject.

Rather than just placing a light source (flash, studio light, sun, reflector) in front of your subject and calling it good enough, think about what you want to accomplish. Do you want to broaden or thin the face? Are there facial features you want to downplay? Would a more dramatic look create the emotion you want? Use the direction of your light to make your pictures artistically correct.

Here are some traditional light patterns to consider using:

Short light is when you present the shadow side of the face to the camera. This creates thinner, more symmetrical looking faces.

Broad light is usually NOT the best choice. It is where you light the side of the face that is turned toward the camera. It can be used to make thin faces appear wider or to take the emphasis off of undesirable facial features. I can count the number of times a client has asked me to make their face look wider in a picture: zero. That’s why I said broad light is usually not the best choice.

Butterfly lighting is a term to describe lighting from above so both sides of the face are evenly lit. This creates a shadow under the subject’s chin, in line with the nose. This is not good for a person with flat features or a broad jaw line. This style is generally considered to be best for women rather than men because it has a tendency to highlight men’s ears (unless you’re really into ears, then go for it).

Split lighting is usually flattering. You light from the side using a large light source. This makes one side of the face almost completely shadowed. This type of lighting is also nice when you don’t have a background because if you block the light from hitting anything behind your subject, you will have a black background.

Rembrandt lighting is a combination of short lighting and butterfly lighting. The light is placed high and on the side of the face that is away from the camera. It will create a triangle on the cheek closest to the camera that will light up just under the eye but not below the nose.

In all situations, your main light source is called the key light.

The general rule is to position your key light at a 45 degree angle to the subject-camera axis (except for split lighting, of course). You can check if you have a good angle by looking for catch lights in your subject’s eyes. Catch lights should be either at the one or eleven o’clock position in the eyes. Catch lights make eyes seem alive. Without them, you get a dull, lifeless subject. I especially love aiming for great catch lights when the sun is my key light – it makes for dazzling eyes in portraits.

If you want to add some pizzazz, spice, sugar, or whatever you want to call it, consider using a secondary light source. You don’t even have to go get another light – a reflector could be a secondary light source.

A fill light is not as strong as your key light, and takes the harshness out of the shadows your key light doesn’t affect or creates. A reflector is a great fill light.

You can try a hair light. Position it close to the background. It will separate the model from the background while making her hair have a pretty glow.

The bottom line is that by moving the light source, or changing the subject’s orientation to the light source, you can control the direction of the light so that it flatters your subject and creates the mood you desire. Just put the direction of the light within your control!

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How to Be Photogenic

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    Being photogenic refers to the ability of appearing very attractive in photos.

    Being photogenic refers to the ability of appearing very attractive in photos.

    Being photogenic refers to the ability of appearing very attractive in photos.[1] It is important to grasp that being naturally beautiful or striking does not necessarily translate to being photogenic in photos. Being photogenic is about awareness of how to put your best self forward, and knowing how to express your charisma for the camera. These are learned techniques, including applying your knowledge of the best backgrounds, lighting, and positioning for a good photo. In fact, it’s not unusual for “Miss Photogenic” to be a different person from “Ms Beauty Queen” in beauty pageants because the photogenic subject has learned how to work the camera best.[2]

  • Aim to learn the following techniques so that they become second nature and you cease to be conscious of using them and just “do it”.
  • The more opportunities you have to practice in front of the camera, the better.
  • The two dimensional nature of photographs causes us to lose depth perception; for some people, this also loses what makes you attractive in real life.
  1. Focus on what you’re wearing. Even if you’re not being photographed, knowing how to present yourself in a way that makes the most of your assets is important. Clothing style and color will impact the photogenic appeal of your photographs.
    • Select the right clothes. Color matters for a good photo. Patterns can overwhelm you, horizontal stripes can make you appear too wide (the two dimensional aspect already does this anyway, so don’t add to it!), and wearing a single tone can cause you to blend together and appear bland and undefined. Very-closely-spaced stripes or patterns can create weird artifacts in digital photography and photographic processes such as printing. Solids and neutrals work best.
    • Wear clothes with colors that suit you. Certain colors complement certain skin tones, while others tend to bring out the worst. Also, take into consideration your hair color. You may have a feel for which colors you look best in, but if not, do some research on colors that suit your complexion and work it out through trial-and-error.
    • Avoid red, black or white. Digital cameras can have difficulties with red, and black and white present too much by way of contrast.[3]
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    Mind your complexion and grooming.

    Mind your complexion and grooming.

    Mind your complexion and grooming. There is a lot you can do to improve on what nature has gifted you with by way of appearance. Fixing up common complexion errors is important for photos.

    • Hide your blemishes. The bad thing about photographs is that because they’re simply frozen images of one angle in an instant in time, they can’t show all your good attributes. The good thing about them is that you can easily hide certain features you don’t like. Be careful with makeup tones: makeup colors appear more intense in photos. There are special principles and techniques for photo modeling that are different from those for looking nice in person (though they’ll likely look just overdone, not bizarre, in person); learn and use them for critical applications.[4]
    • Keep the shine down. It is so important to keep the shine down in the ever-troublesome T-zone – the top of your nose and your forehead. While this especially important on a warm day, even the coolest among us may get a little sweaty when faced with the lens of a camera.
    • Use makeup to cover skin redness, which will stand out in photos.
    • A photograph (other than a stereogram) doesn’t actually record the shape of anything but leaves it to be subconsciously inferred from patterns of light and shadow. Shading with makeup (there are guides to this) can make even an oddly misshapen face look conventionally beautiful so long as it is not actually in conflict with the actual light and shadow (ideally, use diffused light that doesn’t make its own defined shadows; in casual photos and everyday appearance you’ll generally look fine).
    • Use eye drops to clear redness in your eyes. Staring at a light source for a few moments will reduce your pupil size and reduces the chances of red eye (don’t stare directly at the sun though!). If some preparation is involved in the picture-taking process, however, it’s best not to rely on a flash, particularly on-camera flash, and large pupils are generally considered more attractive.
    • Brush your hair into place. Frizzy or loose hairs can appear messy. On the other hand, the hair should not be apparent–not slicked down thin against the skull and then behind the neck in a ponytail.
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    Keep your face in equilibrium.

    Keep your face in equilibrium.

    Keep your face in equilibrium. Look at your face in the mirror. That’s not actually the face which shows in your photograph. Now stare at your own reflection. After some time your face will reach its “normal” appearance, your “equilibrium” face. Now deactivate your eye region and activate your lip region. Don’t clench your teeth; just make sure that your upper and lower jaw molars touch each other. If you smile with your mouth open, don’t let your upper lip expose much of your gums, or let your lower lip cover far over the bottom of your upper teeth. Always smile if your complexion is dark or dull and your smile should be a slight one. At the same time, stress the corners of your eyes and raise your eyebrows a little. Practice this exercise every day before mirror for a few minutes. In one month, it will become a habit whenever someone tries to take a photograph of you.

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    Work the angles.

    Work the angles.

    Work the angles. Camerawork isn’t all a mystery: people who are photographed for a living are keenly aware of which angles and poses work best for them, and they ensure that this is what they present to the camera most times. In addition, there are a few “model’s tricks” you can use to your advantage:

    • Determine your best angle. Finding the right angle for your face can be challenging. Experiment using a digital camera so you see the results of each pose immediately. It will very quickly become obvious which angles are most flattering for you. Once you’re aware of this, use the best angles as much as possible in the future.
    • The classic model’s pose is to arrange your body three quarters toward the camera with one foot in front of the other and one shoulder closer to the camera than the other. Women tend to do this naturally, but it’s harder for men, who tend to present a square angle front-on to the camera.[5] If you turn your head slightly to the side and look straight ahead, you will appear to be looking straight at the viewer of the photo no matter the viewing angle (like George Washington on the US one dollar bill). Making it appear too like a model isn’t the best pose for everybody, however, and it can look a little overdone when used in a family photo right next to your Uncle Wilbur.
    • If sitting, slightly angle yourself.[6]
    • Try looking slightly above the camera when the picture is taken. If the photographer is at a lower level look more or less directly forward, not at the camera, so your eyes aren’t mostly closed. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis always used this technique for photographs and portraits. Additionally, it helps reduce the “red eye” effect.
    • Lean slightly toward the camera; it adds interest, improves facial definition and helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and flabby skin. Just keep your chin tucked down.[7]
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    Be careful how you tilt to avoid the double chin look

    Be careful how you tilt to avoid the double chin look

    Get rid of a double chin. Tilt your head up slightly and try to position yourself so that the camera is a little above, or at, your eye level. This will hide a double chin effectively. You can also put one hand under your chin as though you’re resting your head on your hand (keep the thumb side of your hand out of the camera’s view, if possible). Don’t actually rest any weight on the hand, however, or you will push the skin into an unflattering position. Also, try resting your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

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    Focus on your posture.

    Focus on your posture.

    Focus on your posture. Not only does this matter for photos but daily good posture makes everything easier in life, including your confidence. Good posture can dramatically improve your appearance in pictures. Sitting or standing up straight will make you look healthier and more alert and, if in a group setting, and more attractive than your slouching companions. Breathe normally and relax your shoulders. If you usually have bad posture, it may be difficult to stand up straight and not look stiff, so practice this in the mirror, working toward improving your posture in the long term.

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    Relax. The more comfortable and relaxed you appear, the better the photo will turn out. Many people end up looking odd in photos because they freeze into odd facial expressions with a “say cheese” type of smile on their face. When smiling, try a relaxed closed-mouth smile or an open-mouth smile with the lower lip relaxed and down, not up for a smile that gets oddly narrower toward the middle–practice in front of a mirror. If you’re used to having bad pictures taken of yourself, you probably get nervous in front of the camera, and this can make things even worse. If you know a picture is about to be taken, take a deep breath and exhale naturally, relaxing your arms and shoulders. As you exhale, smile or strike whatever pose is appropriate.

    • Don’t hold your breath, either in or out, otherwise you’ll appear as though you’re tense or suffocating.
    • If you see the photo coming too late, don’t panic and try to strike a pose. Keep doing what you’re doing and try to ignore the camera. It may not turn out perfectly, but you’ve got a better chance than if the camera catches you quickly trying to change your facial expression.
    • Relax your lip (mouth) region and don’t have any delirious thoughts filled with gloom. It’s a natural way to appear fresh and appealing in photographs.
    • Don’t be so relaxed that you appear distracted. Distraction or annoyance always shows in the photograph. Just relax and your picture will be perfect.
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    Think happy thoughts.

    Think happy thoughts.

    Think happy thoughts. An unnatural, forced smile can make you look stiff and, frankly, weird. When people are smiling and waiting for a photo to be snapped, their facial muscles can be caught in all sorts of strange positions. To remedy this, try to time your smile so that you don’t have to hold it for too long. Also, imagine something funny (don’t be afraid to laugh a bit, even) or think of someone—your spouse or child, for example—who makes you happy. By doing so, you’ll get a genuine smile. If you don’t like your smile or your teeth, try a more subdued, closed- or partially-closed-mouth smile. Regardless of how you choose to smile, the happier and more relaxed you are, the better.

    • Smile with your eyes. Nothing projects happiness and beauty like smiling eyes: a happy, somewhat mischievous expression of the eyes. To achieve this effect, imagine that the camera is a person you have a crush on walking into the room. This will create wider open eyes and a relaxed, three-quarter smile. Think about your crush or lover; this will make you blush making your cheeks rosy red. Chances are you unconsciously do this all the time; the trick is to be able to bring it out on demand, so practice the smiling eyes in front of a mirror, and creating a smile “trigger”.
    • Fake it till you make it. People are often photogenic because they like having their picture taken. They are therefore relaxed and happy when the camera appears. If you cannot muster up genuine love of the camera, pretend you like the camera. Imagine the camera is someone you love, a long lost friend, an old flame, your child at age three, or whatever you need to look at the camera lovingly. Try it — it really does work.
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    Improve the photography situation itself.

    Improve the photography situation itself.

    Improve the photography situation itself. Whether it’s the location, the photographer, or the after-photo skills, there are some external things you can change to improve your chances of appearing photogenic.

    • Pick the right location. Obviously if you’re having your picture taken on vacation, you can’t randomly decide that you want to have your picture taken somewhere else entirely. However, you can guide your photographer to where you want the photos taken. Sometimes, it’s best to have a photo taken against a plain background but if you’re on vacation, make allowances to capture some of the scenery. In this case, try to take it outside with natural light. You’ll naturally look radiant and still stand out from the stunning background. The best times for good light are early morning and evening; a golden glow on your face can work wonders.
    • Get a better photographer. (Or, find a friend who is a photo hobbyist and help him or her make better pictures.) Professional photographers know how to bring out the beauty in every person. You can’t always choose your photographer, but sometimes you can. If you need headshots for modeling, get the best professional you can find. If you’re going to put up a shot for an online dating service, choose a photo that is recent, that flatters you, but most importantly choose a photo that actually looks like it is you. Suggest a photographer friend:
      • Use a telephoto lens or zoom out, and move back. This avoids the nose being proportionately much closer to the camera, and being overly magnified relative to the rest of your face. This also will make the background more defocused and less distracting. (To accentuate that, have him set a wider aperture if possible.)
      • Optimize the lighting. Try fill flash (set the flash at a weaker level than the primary light source, such as sunlight) or multiple lights at varying power (such as with slave flashes; special kinds are necessary for digital cameras which often make a weak “pre-flash” to check exposure before opening the shutter and firing at full power) for soft but varied light for a pleasant rounded appearance of face parts. There are many web sites and books about portrait and fashion photography lighting. The basic arrangement of the lights, not the cost, is what matters.
      • Use more contrast for men (the wrinkles and pores are often considered interesting or tough), less for women.
    • Ask the photographer to have the camera at eye level or only just above eye level. This allows for the most natural, flattering photo. If the lens is lower, your shot risks showing a double chin.
    • Edit or enhance photos. If you’ve tried everything, but you still can’t seem to get a good picture of yourself in any environment, try retouching your digital photos. Changing the lighting effects or filter effects, for example, can dramatically improve the appearance of your complexion.
    • Choose Side Lighting – photographers know this trick, so be aware of it! Indoors try to stand where the lighting falls on your good side. Outdoors try to get your picture taken in the morning or afternoon, not noon. Don’t face the sun or get backlit by it unless the photographer asks you to. Backlit effects can look good, but you can’t tell how it looks, so trust the camera person (or check on a digital camera). Side lighting makes everyone’s features pop out better than front lighting. Try to talk your friends and relatives into taking pictures without flash, the front lighting from flash is the number one offender for unflattering family photos. You can demonstrate this by snapping their photos with or without it. (If they know more than average about cameras, ask for subtle “fill flash”, particularly for women, or “bounce flash” with a fancy removeable flash.)
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12 Basic Posing Tips

Photography Posing Tips for Photographing Men, Women, and Groups

Photography Posing TipsPosing TipsRemember the time you photographed your model? You set up the photograph, make sure your background is appropriate, the light’s great and you click the shutter. And then you look at the back of your camera and your subject looks heavy. You look at it on the computer and it is still not flattering. “How did that happen?” you wonder.

Posing is important. It is a way to capture your subject at their most flattering while making the image interesting.

Model Posing Tips: The posing rules differ between men and women and, most of the time, you never want to use male poses on women or female poses on men. However, if there is a specific reason to cross over the poses, it can create an interesting photograph.

So here’s a few additional Posing Tips:

  1. Ask your subject to bring their chin down, otherwise the neck will command the attention of the photograph. Most often people will unconsciously lift their chin when being photographed. If you ask them to bring it down a little, they will usually respond that they are afraid of double chins. To remedy the double chin fear, have them push out their chin (I call it “turtle neck”) and that will take care of the double chin.

    Chin Down PoseChin Up
  2. Posing Tips For women:
    1. flattering posing tipsPhotograph her from an angle. Unless you have a very tiny woman, no woman looks her best when her shoulders and hips straight on to the camera. Pose a woman with her hips at the camera and then turn her shoulders and face back toward the camera.
    2. bend poseOn a woman, if it bends, bend it. A Women look more feminine if you bend her elbows, wrists, curl the fingers a little (maybe even grasp her collar or necklace with her thumb and pointer finger), have her shift her weight on to one leg and then bend a knee.
    3. Ask your subject to tilt her head a bit, and again, drop her chin.Posing
    4. crotch shot poseAvoid photographing crotches, underarms, and up noses.
    5. If you are photographing a heavier woman, find them a prop that is flattering, for example, have them cuddle a cute pillow.
  3. Posing Tips For Men:straight pose
    1. Keep them square to the camera. Men look better with broad shoulders.
    2. Have him make a fist with his hand and put his thumbs in his pocket or have him cross his arms with his hands on his forearms and thumbs tucked under the arm (think Aladdin).
    3. Keep their weight evenly distributed on both legs.
    4. Remember to have him drop his chin a bit.

      male posehands in pocket pose
  4. For groups, try to arrange your subjects so they form a pyramid (either with the high point at the top or an inverted pyramid). Make sure you can see all the faces and if you can separate your subjects heads vertically by at least 3 inches, so the heads are at different heights. For example, pose Dad and then pose Mom so that her eyes are level with Dad’s mouth. It is always fun to have them cuddle in tight together if they are family.

Family Pose

One Last Posing Tip: Learn Classic Posing

The last of my tips would be that not all poses look the same on all people. Don’t be afraid of trying different poses and props until you find something that works. And don’t be afraid to learn classic posing. When you photograph using the classic rules of photography, your images are timeless. Once you master the classics, it is easy to add your own flair for images that are popular and that are still well photographed.

Don Blair is the granddaddy of posing. His book, “Body Parts” is considered one of the best books ever written on posing and provides lots of great tips. If you would like some classic posing tips I suggest his book.

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