Photo Tip #20

Photo Tip #20-Just Add People

When doing an environmental or a tableau vivant-style portrait (one with a “setting” and not just a “headshot”) try composing the image first, adding the people in only after you’re happy with the basic composition of the frame. This will help eliminate unnecessary background objects and provide a sense of balance to your compositions. By doing this, as you edit, you won’t have to eliminate any images because the background or setting was wrong-you’ll be able to focus on more variable details of the portrait-the facial expressions, skin tone, lighting on the face, and gestures to pick out the best shots.

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