June 2021 // The Children Edition

ADDING MOVEMENT

I've talked several times now about making the shot seem more natural. A great way to do that is to add some motion to the shot. If the subject is standing, have them slowly walk towards you as you shoot. Ask them to check their watch, or adjust their cufflinks, or whatever else might seem natural. Capturing these natural motions will help breathe life into the photo.

GETTING THE BEST SMILE

Sitting isn't the only time people can act very unnatural during a photography session. Many people, when asked to smile, will pull their head back and tuck their chin into their neck. Even if only done slightly, this can give all but the most chiseled of men the appearance of a double chin and detract greatly from the photograph. Keep an eye out for this and correct it when it happens. You can do so by asking them to stick their chin out like they are mimicking a cartoon turtle, or having them pull their forehead up and towards you like they are skeptical of something you said. Just be careful that they don't overdo it in the other direction.

settings: f4.0 @ 1/200 iso 400

settings: f4.0 @ 1/200 iso 400

Bad: head tilt towards higher shoulder

Good: head tilt towards lower shoulder

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