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Capture your subject in the best light with these photography tips that cover everything from nature and still-life photography to fashion photography.
You Will Need
- A single-lens reflex camera
- A male subject
- Photographic lighting
Choose his good side
While introducing yourself to your subject, take a good look at his facial characteristics from all sides--discreetly. Identify his 'good side,' but don’t tell him.
Pick what to enhance or minimize
Quickly decide on what features you want to minimize or enhance.
Inform your subject that you only want to do a few distinct setups and you won’t take up much of his time. While men probably won’t feel comfortable being flattered, they’ll appreciate it if you’re as casually efficient as possible.
Select your backdrop
Select your backdrop. While you do so, strike up a conversation about sports, or ask him what he does for a living.
Explain your plan
Pick up your camera and explain to your subject how you intend to work.
Set up your camera
Select the appropriate film, aperture and shutter speed for your lighting conditions.
Compose your shot
Compose your shot and meter on the subject.
Shoot as fast as humanly possible, from a variety of distances and angles. Keep talking to keep him loose, and shoot in between his responses. Act like you’re more interested in his opinion than in scrutinizing his face and he’ll show his true colors to the camera.