Take Better Portraits in Just 4 Steps

If you look at the portraits you take and think, “Gee, these could be better” but aren’t sure what to do to make them better, this tutorial is for you!

We all make mistakes when creating portraits, but there are some mistakes that are more common than others that are actually pretty easy to resolve.

And rather than offer up every possible scenario for what might go wrong and cause your portraits to go awry, let’s just focus on these common issues and see what we can do to help you take your portraits to the next level.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

Everyone has seen the “typical” portrait of the subject posed and looking right down the barrel of the lens.

Don’t get me wrong – those types of portraits are necessary and can be quite fetching.

But if you want to elevate your portrait skills to another level, it’s a good idea to challenge yourself to think outside the box.

There’s tons of things you can do to create a more unique portrait, too.

Work from an interesting angle to give viewers an unexpected point of view, as seen above.

You can also place your portrait subject in an environment that has interesting features.

This might be a graffiti-filled alleyway as seen above, a lush garden, or a landscape that’s got great lighting.

Heck, even taking a documentary style portrait of your subject in their own home can be a beautiful version of a portrait.

You can even incorporate props into the shot.

Props are an interesting proposition because, on the one hand, they give your subject something to do with their hands, which helps them relax in front of the camera.

On the other hand, if the props aren’t right for the situation, they can stick out like a sore thumb and look pretty terrible. Just be careful in what props you choose, and if they don’t feel right for the shot, get rid of them!