Taking a photo of someone is hard, right? Wrong. Well, it's wrong if you've got the proper content to work from in terms of tips and resources. To help you make sure that each photo you take is as professional as possible, we've put together the best tips on how to take a top-notch photo of another person and blended those tips together with the top tricks that professionals use to get those impressive photos that you've dreamed of creating. This is going to absolutely give you what you're looking for in terms of tricks, and authentic advice to improve your photography skills.
1. Control what you can:
When you are looking at a person's photo, the first thing they're going to notice (in a bad way) is their hair. Do what you can to make sure it's arranged properly. It should never been on the shoulders, but behind or in front, or a combination of the two. Alternatively, you can choose to have the model pin their hair up, too, if you want to avoid the potential nerve-wracking fear of the hair being wrong.
2. Emphasize their face and frame it properly:
When shooting a photo, no matter what size you are, your face will be framed by your neck and the skin that connects the two. So, make that a non-issue be asking them to tilt their face forward. This will accentuate their jaw and minimize that skin flap that is common for everyone in a photograph. It adds definition, too.
3. Help your model look thinner:
There are a variety of ways that the camera can add weight to a person, and none of them are flattering to your model or you as a photographer. Using proper placement of hands, tilting towards the camera and twisting just lightly, you can help your model look better than they would have imagined, and it will also accentuate the things that you are doing correctly as a photographer, instead of what you're not doing.
4. Always go candid when possible:
Whether it's just a random shot, or bursts, you can often find the right shot within the pile of candids. In these shots, the model would, ideally, be in position and is just waiting for you to start clicking. Alternatively, it could directly after the shot is taken with the pressure is off.
5. Don't forget the positive feedback:
One of the biggest problems during a photoshoot is the model – professional or otherwise – is going to go flat and unamused after a while. This means that it's your job, as the photographer/cheerleader to spur them on. Give them constructive, positive feedback so that they can keep their energy up, knowing they're doing a good job even when they're not sure. This will keep everyone's spirits up, too, which is absolutely a plus to consider.
6. Have a clear plan in mind for what you want to create:
Remember that you're the artist here, so you need to make sure that you have a clear plan in place that will help you design what you want to create as the final product. Have a plan complete with set details and model attributes so that you know exactly what you are creating and how to get there from detail to detail. During a rough take on set, it may help you to stay on track and keep everyone's morale up to the task as well.
7. Make sure you've got the right model for the job:
You've been shooting photography for a while and you know what your end goal is in terms of what you want to do, but you have to know how exactly you are going to be getting there. That is, how are you creating your scene to make sure that you get that final result that will make you see that it's all been worth it? Part of it is the plan, of course, but a large part of it is going to be in making sure that you've got the right model for the job. You want the model to know what the job is, how they fit into it, and the effect you're looking to create. It's not going to be profitable to have the wrong effect simply because your model isn't a good match. You may need to change it up and reshoot with someone else if that's the case.
8. Remember that the weather is a thing:
This, of course, applies to when you are shooting outside or otherwise connected to the elements. You want to make sure that, if it's a hot day, you should take plenty of breaks and make sure that there are lots of refreshments and time to enjoy them. This will keep everyone feeling good (including you) and you'll know that your model and team (if applicable) are taken care of to help you form that photo shoot that you creating, too. Your team (whether it's a full one, or just you and your model and a light source) is critical in the results, so keep everyone as comfortable as possible.
9. Get your lighting right:
You've probably heard this one before, but we need to address it in terms of what you're doing. If it's headshots where the focus is on the model's face in all of its detail, you'll find that a proper studio lighting option is going to be more beneficial than natural lighting left to its own varying devices.
10. Keep the sessions short when possible:
You want to keep everyone's energy and emotions as high as possible, so don't drag the session out. Shoot fast, take breaks, and focus on getting everyone home with as positive an experience as possible. Same goes for you, too!
Professional, realistic, and all easily implemented into your routine, these top tricks will give you a boost to making those photoshoot as profitable as possible.