Almost any image will look better if you step closer to your subject. Filling the frame entirely with your subject will make a dramatic difference. Alternatively use the Optical or Digital Zoom of your camera to get a close up shot.
When photographing people fill the frame with their FACE only – particularly if they are smiling or pensive. With a clutter-free background, there’s less to draw the eye away from the main subject of your photo.
If you can’t get close enough when you’re taking the shot, you can zoom in later using photo editing software – crop out everything except the subject’s face and see what a difference it makes.
When using the viewfinder for close shots, be careful of Parallax error. Because the viewfinder is above the camera’s lens, placing the subject in the centre of the viewfinder may mean it is not centred for the lens; therefore the final image may be off-centre. Most digital cameras now come with an inbuilt LCD screen. This is very usefel as it shows you what the lens sees – rather than the viewfinder.
Alison Crown loves photographing people. You can see more of her work at www.alisoncrownphotography.co.uk
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