They say, if you master the art of portrait photography, you are on your way to master photography itself. Okay, they don’t say that, but that makes for an interesting beginning, don’t you think? Jokes apart, portraits are very important in photography, and not everyone is good at capturing them. However, our job is to provide guidance, and that’s what we will do. Here are a few angles that make for good portraits.

The classic full face

Make your model face you directly. There is nothing more impactful than a subject looking into the eyes of the camera. By having the model look directly into the eyes of the camera, you portray confidence and supremacy that create a powerful picture.


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Profiles capture just one half of your face and create an element of curiosity for the viewer. They enable you to capture a more natural and realistic picture and reflect one’s elegance, especially if you create a silhouette in your photographs.

Just by the way Tip#1: It has been researched that left profiles are always better than right ones.


¾ and 2/3 turn

You know those pictures in which your model is just staring into midair, with that slight tilt to his/her face? That’s what we’re talking about. Such images may not be as impactful as a full face but in such photographs, by just showing enough through maybe hiding an ear, the far cheek or the tip of his/her nose, you create an element of mystery that captures viewers. The idea is to intrigue the viewers. Use such angles to ensure that.


Eye Level Portrait

To create a connection between the viewer and the model, the most magnetic feature is to focus on your model’s eyes. You know the kind of pictures where you look at it and you are immediately engrossed in the subject’s eyes (Hint: Omar Borkan Al Gala *wink* *wink*) And if you don’t have such a nice looking subject to picture which can break the internet, this tip is best for a couple’s portrait and group photos.


Above Eye Level.

As direct an impact as an eye level portrait has on its viewer, taking a picture above the eye level has perks of its own as well. By taking a picture from above you have the power to eliminate the focus from the model’s body (and to cut down those few extra pounds for those who ask). You can rather focus on an interesting downward angle especially if your setting is same the same old against a standing mirror or on a classic wooden jhoola or, you know, you get it.


Here are some more portrait photography tips and tricks.



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Sehla Tahir

A student of Economics in her early twenties who has a knack for stringing words together into crafty sentences. A lover of art, make up, all things literature, and photography. Although a writer by consequence, she now describes her relationship with writing as nothing short of true love.

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