What is the Rule of Thirds?
Tuesday, February 09, 2016
What is the Rule of Thirds?

 When your professional photographer sits you down for a photoshoot, she is keeping in mind a photography standard called the Rule of Thirds. This is a method of arranging the composition of a photo for the greatest emotional effect. When your photographer follows this rule you know that you are receiving a high-quality, well-planned portrait.What Are the Basic Principles of the Rule of Thirds?The Rule of Thirds is a great way to create a well-balanced and interesting photo. Basically, rather than taking a photo where the subject is directly in the middle, your photographer will take a photo where the subject is more on one side. This method is actually measured out precisely by your photographer. She begins by breaking down a shot into three pieces both horizontally and vertically, which creates a grid consisting of 9 pieces total. This is not to say that a photo with the subjects isn’t interesting and well-balanced. However, the Rule of Thirds is a great way to boost a portrait with an extra layer of dynamism. Now, your photographer can intentionally compose the portrait so that points of interest are aligned along the lines or the intersections of the lines. For example, this portrait shows the eyes of the subject aligned along a horizontal line, while the body is aligned along a vertical line. While a photo of the subject in the middle of the composition ...

Posing Tips for Couples
Friday, February 05, 2016
What is the Rule of Thirds?

 Whether you are taking a photo for your engagement announcement or your are taking a photo for your 50th wedding anniversary, you want to be able to perfectly capture your love for one another in a single photo. You have several options for easy, simple poses that dramatically capture your tender moments. Read on to learn more about how you can take a dramatic yet intimate couple’s portrait.The Couple’s EmbraceNothing is sweeter than a couple’s embrace. There are several ways to go about this classic pose. One person can hold the other from behind, as seen above. You can also try facing each other with foreheads touching for a more intimate photo. If you’re sitting you can try having the girl lean into her partner for a more casual, relaxed moment. No matter what pose you choose, just remember to make sure that both of your faces are within view of the camera.Look into Each Other’s EyesAs mentioned, you can pose with foreheads together so that your are both gazing into each other’s eyes. There are other ways to do this pose as well. You can also choose to hold each other at arm’s length for a more fluid and fun photo. Or try having one person look at the other while the other person gazes into the camera.Use PropsProps are a great way to incorporate a little something extra into your pose. When used effectively, your props can ...

How to Use Props in Portrait Photography
Friday, January 29, 2016
What is the Rule of Thirds?

 When used incorrectly, a prop can make a portrait look busy, tacky, or dated. When used carefully, a prop can add an extra-special element to a portrait. It’s important for a photographer to know how to use their props. Clients can also bring in their own props that the photographer then has to know how to place strategically. Here is what a photographer has in mind when setting up a photo shoot with props. Keep it SimpleIt’s important to keep in mind that the focus of a portrait is the person, not the props. If you have too many props or props that don’t mesh well together, then you’re likely to end up with a photo that looks cluttered and confusing. Simplify things by subtracting anything that might draw attention away from the subject, like a colorful graphic t-shirt or ostentatious jewelry. The props should also all follow the same color scheme so that none of them stand out from the others. A clean background also helps to minimize distractions so that they eye can be drawn to the subject of the portrait.Make it TimelessIt may be tempting to have your child photographed wearing a costume of their favorite cartoon character or holding the Nintendo that they never put down. Although these things are near and dear to your child now, they won’t hold the same significance ten or twenty years from now. The goal of a good portrait is to ...

Which Side is My Good Side? How to Take the Best Self-Portrait Photos
Thursday, January 07, 2016
What is the Rule of Thirds?

We’re all at least a little bit shy when it comes to being photographed. Unless you’re a professional model, it’s hard to know that your photos will come out the way you want them. However, there are a few tricks you can employ to make sure that the camera captures your best side, and Kimberly Fine Portraiture is here to share our tips and tricks. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole handful of professional portrait shots that make you look fabulous!Think Happy ThoughtsHave you ever looked at photos of yourself and noticed that your smile looks forced? Your portrait photos should convince the viewer that you are a happy, upbeat person. The best way to do this is to get in a happy, upbeat mood! Take a few moments to visualize something that makes you genuinely happy, whether it is a loved one, a pleasant memory, or a basket full of puppies! Taking the time to get yourself into a good mood will make your expression look pleasant and genuine.Practice Makes PerfectBefore your photo shoot, take some time to practice your “signature smile”. You can pose in front of a mirror or take pictures with your smartphone. Keep trying different poses until you find one that works for you. Then, practice going into that pose over and over again until it feels natural. By discovering your “signature smile”, you can be sure that you’ll like ...

How to Pose for Dramatic Silhouette Photos
Friday, January 01, 2016
What is the Rule of Thirds?

Silhouette photos are great for conveying drama, mystery, emotion, and mood. To do a silhouette shot, your photographer will place you in front of a light source and adjust their camera’s exposure setting to focus on the light source. This creates a bright background and blacked-out silhouettes. It’s important to know how to pose for silhouette shots so that the focus will be where you want it and the shape of your silhouette will be easily readable. If you’re thinking about getting a dramatic silhouette shot, we have some pose ideas for you to get the most out of your photo shoot!Consider Your OutlineThe first thing you want to think about when planning your silhouette photo shoot is what kind of effect you want to produce. Do you want a romantic photo of a couple sharing a tender moment like the one above? Or do you want a family photo with lots of action? Or a serene, contemplative shot of you watching the sunset? Whatever effect you’re going for, it’s important to consider how your outline will translate to viewers. Because silhouette poses black out your features, it can be easy for your shape to look undefined and hard to understand. To avoid this, try making more exaggerated poses than you would for a normal photo shoot. Flare out your fingers, hold your arms away from your body, or move so that your hair is caught in the breeze. If you ...

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