Taking pictures of people

pictures of people playing football Everyone loves to take photos of their friends and family. When you take pictures of people, you can either ask them to pose for the camera or you can take a picture of them acting naturally. Experiment with both and see the different kinds of images you get.

Remember, if people know that you are taking their picture they will act differently. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but the photo will look quite different.

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Here are a few tips for taking great pictures of people:

  • Get close to your subject.
  • If they are posing for you, ask them to smile.
  • Try not to shoot pictures of people in very bright, direct light, for example at noon on a sunny day. If bright light shines directly on your subject, it will make parts of your picture too bright and other parts too dark. Just ask the person to step into the shade.
  • Experiment taking pictures using daylight or using lamps.

by Simon James Allanach, edited by Alan Frost
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