Disappointed by your photos of people?
No matter the device (phone or camera), here are my top three tips...
1. Look at the light on your subject - are their eyes in shadows? Is the background too bright or dark?
Are they looking into the sun and squinting their eyes? Perhaps turn them away from the sun, or have the sun to the side of them.
Some of the best natural light is in a shaded area where sunlight is gently falling in. Near a window, just under a verandah...
2. Look at the backgrounds - declutter to make sure the attention is on the person.
Check there are no trees, poles or other things growing out of heads.
If you have to use the on-camera flash, move your subject away from the walls. That dark, harsh shadow on the wall doesn't add to the photo (in a positive way).
3. Get them naturally - either by taking candid pics or talking to them when you are taking the photo. A real smile is always going to be better than a tight-lipped fake one.
Kids photos will be much better when you allow them to play rather than making them sit stiffly smiling at the camera.
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