With smartphones in hand, it seems like everyone has become a photographer. Kim Ponsky Sable, owner of Kim Ponsky Photography, shares tips for taking a great photograph.
1. Set your objective. Decide whether you are going for candid shots or specific “picture perfect” poses.
2. Avoid the sun. Sun makes people squint and highlights every fine line people typically try to hide. Shoot in areas of open shade. Cloudy but bright days are best. For bright days with no clouds in the sky, indoor photography by a window can provide ideal lighting. If it’s bright enough inside to comfortably read a book without additional light, it’s bright enough to capture a good photo.
3. Act natural. The subject should stand or sit in a way that feels comfortable. The goal should be to capture subjects in a way that makes them look like themselves.
4. Think about the framing of your subject. Follow the rule of thirds, where you make the subject part of the surroundings while they are still the focus. Position subjects in the upper third portion of the frame while being careful not to cut off their heads. Avoid centering the subjects in the middle of the frame.
5. Ensure your subjects are at ease. Once the subjects are comfortable with the photographer, they can relax and be themselves.
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