Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Summer Portraits Tips

I'd like to welcome our guest blogger, Verte Photography. She has a wonderful summer portrait instructional for you. You can read more of her posts on her blog here.


Summer. The ultimate time to get outside, and focus on family fun! Many people take vacations, and attend family reunions, go to weddings... its all part of the Family Photo Season!


Today, I wanted to give you my top tips for capturing those family moments, without setting up a big "to-do" or stressing yourself out! You can add a lot to your basic snapshot by following a few basic photography guidelines.


1. Learn some basic poses. If your taking group images, nothing ruins a good portrait like poor posing. It doesn't need to be any big deal! By utilizing this basic triangle you can successfully shoot 2 - 20 people in a snap!


The Stair, is created when one subjects eyes are in line with the others chin.



You can easily add people, by going from a single stair to a triangle.



Now you can add as many triangles to your image as you have people!



The key to this - is not to put anyone's head directly on top of someone else... you have to leave room to see part of their chest and shoulders! 

Tip: Keep children and babies in front, not only will this help you get their attention if they are close together, but it will also keep them from looking oddly small due to them being farther away!


Another classic pose is the: LINE
It doesn't get easier, just put everyone on the same line in front of you! 


2. Learn a couple easy rules of composition. These rules apply to all types of photography, and are common in all different types of art as well!
This shows you some guidelines for what's called "The Rule of Thirds" it simply states that 2/3's your image should be subject and a 1/3 dead space. (or vise versa). You see this a lot with off centered portraits, and landscapes like beach images where the horizon line will be the bottom 1/3 and the setting sun and sky will fill the top 2/3's!



Another MUST have in your bag of tricks is...



If your subject is wider then they are tall, shoot Horizontally.

 Taller then they are wide? Shoot Vertically!


I hope you put these super simple tricks to use this summer! Remember, it's more important to capture the moment... then to capture the moment perfectly. Relax and have FUN!


Candy has been fortunate to spend close to the past 20 years making a living full time in the photography industry. During that time she has spent time in a few different studio's, management, labs, teaching classes and now operating her own portrait and commercial photography business. Now, Candy lives in Houston and is the owner Verte Photography. Where she focuses on educating clients, and providing commercial photography for small business owners, with a eco-friendly twist!



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