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Portrait tip #1 – Using framing devices

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Portrait tip #1

By Rebecca Nicolandos

Look around you when you arrive on location.

Plan exactly what shots you will take before the models arrive. Pre-visualizing your shots is one of the main differences between a great photographer and a good one! When you arrive at your selected location look for doorways, windows, fences, overhanging branches and anything else that could be used to frame your image. This generates interest and keeps your attention focused on the main subject – the model. This image by Bev Bryceson illustrates this point exactly! She has used the brick edges to frame the model’s face. She has also carefully selected a shallow depth of field to blur the nearest edge to draw our eyes towards the model’s eyes.