Portrait Composition: how to compose a portrait that is classic and timeless

Portrait Composition: how to compose a portrait that is classic and timeless

Portrait Composition Tips: using the sky as a background

Portrait composition tips: using the sky as a background

Owing to problems with double chins and nostrils, portraits shot from below are seldom flattering, but sometimes you need to make exceptions.

Suburban streets never make good backgrounds, so our only choice on this portrait was to shoot upwards towards the sky.

The distortion isn’t too bad because our subject’s face is comparatively small and distant in the frame.

Skies offer good backgrounds for more imposing portraits, but it needs to be a blue sky on a sunny day – overcast skies will be too bright relative to the subject. Watch that eye contact, too.

In shots like this you want your subject gazing meaningfully off into the distance. If they’re looking at the camera, it can look as if they’re wondering why the photographer’s lying on the ground…

PAGE 1: Portrait Composition Tips – where should your subject look?
PAGE 2: Portrait Composition Tips – using virtual lines and framing for eye contact
PAGE 3: Portrait Composition Tips – how to compose people and objects
PAGE 4: Portrait Composition Tips – how to avoid background clutter
PAGE 5: Portrait Composition Tips: using the sky as a background
PAGE 6: Portrait Composition Tips – how and when to use contrast in your people photography

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