What makes a great portrait? There are no hard and fast rules but there are some useful tips. This tutorial will cover:
• Candid camera shots
• Formal families portraits
• Using the self timer and remote controls
• Flash photography
• Using ambient light
A simple way to get started is to take candids. You can get natural expressions of people when their interest is elsewhere. You don’t need to hide the fact that you are taking photographs. In fact, it is much better to have the camera in the open and let everyone know that you are shooting. After a while they will be at ease with this and continue as normal.
At Christmas, for example, you can photograph people opening their presents, playing games, preparing a meal, or even washing up.
Don’t miss the opportunity for a family group shot. The resulting photograph will be one for the family album to be treasured in later years.
If you want an older style shot, set chairs in the centre for the grandparents, with their children standing behind. Grandchildren can stand on either side, or sit in front. If you have any old family group pictures, it can be fun to try and copy the arrangements and poses. You can print them out there and then.