Photo Tip Friday: Quick Tips to Transform your People Photos

by Mary Denman    @MaryDenman

Some of the mistakes that we make taking people pictures are very easily correctable. 

Let me give you a few quick tips that will help transform your people photos immediately.

A little awareness can go a long way to improving your photography skills. 

Let's get started!

TIP 1: Look in the camera right after you take a shot. 
This may not seem obvious, but you can make corrections very quickly because your subject is right there and you can snap another shot to improve it.  

TIP 2: Fill the frame with your subject. 
In this example below, you can see all the excess room above and beside the subject. In the second photo, you can see how the main focus is the subjects. 
Tip 2: Fill the frame with your subjects.

TIP 3:  Make sure you get the entire person for a full length shot. Don't cut off the head or feet. 
In the first example, the subjects' feet are cut off. But in the second, you can see all of them. Pay attention to get all of your subject in the photo. 

Tip 3: Make sure you get all of the subject for a full length shot.

TIP 4: Try shooting from other angles. 
Don't just shoot your subject straight on. Sometime, try and catch your subject in the middle of a laugh, or when they're talking to someone else. It's more casual and captures part of their personality. 

Tip 4: Catch your subject in a laugh.

HOMEWORK: Grab a family member or friend and try out these tips. Promise them you won't show anyone any bad shots to make them feel more comfortable while you practice on them. 

FOR BLOGGERS: The same tips can apply to your writing. 

  • Once your write a post, go back and make sure it makes sense. Re-write if you need to. 
  • Also, make sure the subject of your post is clear and that you don't fill the post with clutter or rabbit trails. 
  • Then, think about tackling the subject of your post from another angle. Maybe you'll get a couple of posts out of an idea. 

FOR CELL PHONE USERS: All of the tips apply because this is more about framing your shots and you can do that right from your phone. 

Hope these tips help!
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  1. Some great tips here! I really want to improve my photography for this year - there are so many new things I've become interested in as an off-shoot of blogging. :) #saturdaysweet

    1. Thanks Jessica! I love the miniature house on your blog!

      Glad the tips help! Have a great weekend. :)

  2. Good advice - thank you for sharing these tips and for linking up at