One of the things people ask me most about digital photography is how to take perfect "people pictures." Digital photography is great for people because you can simply delete the ones you don't like, and show them, on the spot, what the digital photo looks like.
In any digital photography session, whether it be portrait photography or photography at a birthday party it takes prior knowledge to getting "perfect people" digital photos.
So here are the digital photography secrets to this type of photography.
People Photography Secret number 1:
Horizontal vs. vertical
Most people who do digital photography of people hold the digital camera horizontal. Not sure why this is; most likely because the digital camera is built that way, but really you can do well with holding the camera vertical as well. Horizontal digital photos of people are ok, but work best when taking a group photo rather than a single photo of someone. A vertical angle for your digital people photo can give you a great composition for close up and it tells you a lot more about that person that a horizontal will. Horizontal angles in digital photography of single people tends to increase the amount of potential clutter and irrelevant objects in the frame.
People Photography Secret Number 2
Where to put your people in the frame
In digital photography, pictures of people work best by creating some interesting composition. Don't put your person in the center of the frame just because everyone else does their digital photography that way; be unique and creative and you'll get a much be result. And good digital photography is all about capturing that special moment of someone to last and reflect something positive about that person, right?
People Photography Secret Number 3
Go Candid. Personally, in my experience as someone who does digital photography for a living, I can tell you that candid digital photographs work so much better then staid photos. It's so much better to capture someone just as they laugh at a funny joke, or see their friend for the first time in a while, or even talking quietly to others, it so much more interesting and creates a positive photo of someone than a shot of them looking into the camera with a posed shot; hey anyone can do that. But do take that digital photo with them laughing and not knowing they're being photographed captures a side of them that not everyone sees. It'll show them in good spirits and create a positive image for all those who see that digital photo from now on. Get creative with people photography; try black and white and sepia. And even try taking the digital photo of them doing something they love, like playing an instrument for example.