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Photography Tips For Taking Good Photos of People

How to Look and Feel Good Behind a Camera

Looking good in front of the camera is an ongoing battle for most of us, but being behind the camera can be just as nerve wracking. If you don't follow someone around with a camera everyday — like cough cough Spencer Pratt — you might want to brush up on a few tips that will make your photo subjects look better and make you a more confident photographer.

  • Think about lighting and angles — If your subject is on the larger side do not take his or her picture from a low angle. This will only make them look bigger. Try to elevate your position and have your subject point their chin up toward you.
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  • Twist and shout! - Have your subject twist sideways with their feet (if standing), or twist their legs (if sitting).
  • Take night photos - Experiment with your camera's ISO, Exposure and Aperture settings to take great night photos without your tripod.
  • Think about your setting - Birthdays, parties and events are prime photo opportunities because they offer the chance to take great action and group shots. Don't forget the money shots - like the birthday boy or girl blowing out candles or opening presents.
  • Don't be afraid to be creative - Photos of people spinning, running, jumping and dancing are always more exciting than the usual still photos. Getting good movement shots is usually easier than you think - it's just about timing.

Of course, once you've taken your pics, don't forget to make the best of your collection by sharing them with friends!

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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
The camera makes a huge difference. I have some friends with expensive, high-end DSLR's and even without adjusting anything, the shots are generally really good. I have a high-end point-and-shoot, and it really lacks the ability to take indoor, low-lighting shots (which is the majority I take) so I have to consider lighting and mess with settings. *Is that Heidi & Spencer?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
I agree with the statement above... kind of. You aren't going to get a great shot on a crap camera. The cheapy disposable kind with no flash almost never will get you a shot. I worked in a photo lab for 6 years and I've never seen anything good come off of one. But, a better camera doesn't necessarily make you a better photographer. You buy all the high end cameras you want, but it helps to take a class and learn some basics about composition and lighting.
mudnessa mudnessa 9 years
i use to think i was a horrible photographer, its not me its the camera. on a recent vacation with my mom i used one of her cameras and WOW so much better. of course her camera is high quality and high priced but she has 3 of them and can only use one at a time. simple tips can make a difference though but for the average person the camera can make a difference. she can make any camera take good pics but i need a good camera to make my pics better. :) i say all this and then i am reminded of the photographer that did some sports illustrated shots a few years ago using regular disposable cameras. i guess im just trying to say if you cant get your pictures to be good try a better camera, some of us just arent very gifted and technology can help us.
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