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Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

This photography tip is very different from the other tips, it is all about the mistakes that can ruin a good portrait picture. Some of the mistakes are very common and easy to avoid. Just remember these tips and try to fix them while taking the pictures.

Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

These mistakes are very common and I have seen them in many portraitures. The good news is as photographer, you can easily detect and fix them right away.

Avoid Hot Spots

Hot spots on the face or body are very annoying and they can easily ruin the photos. When taking portrait , especially outdoor in a sunny day, check for the Hot Spots. And when you see them, just move your model to a new location, change the angle of camera, change the light direction, etc. to avoid Hot Spots.

Hot Spots can ruin photos

Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.
Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.

Avoid Awkward Positions

Pay attention to the head, eyes, arms, hands, legs, etc. and if they look awkward fix them. There are many guidelines for posing that can be used as an starting point.

Awkward Posing

Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!
Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!

Another Awkward Posing

Pay attention to white part of eyes.
Pay attention to white part of eyes.

Avoid Unwanted Objects in Background or Foreground

It is very easy for a tree branch in the background to look like a Horn on top of your models head! Before clicking the shutter check the background and foreground completely. And if you spot any of these annoying elements, try to avoid them by changing the camera angle or height, change the location, or simply use a very shallow depth of field to blur them out.

Check for unwanted elements

Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.
Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.

Check for unwanted elements

Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!
Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!

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