Taking portraits picture and its basic compositions

Portrait photos are one of the most popular types of photos in life. For a beautiful portrait photo, besides lighting and patterns, composition is also important. There are many layout rules, but in this article, Binh Minh Digiatl will tell you 5 popular composition in portrait photography that you should know.

Composition in the center of the image

This layout is a classic and very secure layout. You put the model in the center of the image, and that way the picture doesn’t create a false sense.

1/3 composition

This is the classic composition of photography, it will divide the image into 9 cells and is cut with 2 pairs of parallel and perpendicular lines. At each point of intersection, it is the 4 yellow points of the composition, when you take a picture that you put the subject you want to capture in those yellow spots, when the viewer will be paying attention to these positions. Please pay attention to the eyes of the model eyes to have the beautiful layout.

Layout of the line

The human eye tends to follow a straight line naturally. So we can use straight lines to lead the viewer to the subject of the photo. Most common in portraits, it is to look for natural lines such as curbs, trees, railroad tracks … and put the model on those lines.

Note: If you have 2 converging lines in a frame, for example 2 rows of trees, avoid placing the model straight to the focus. It loses the depth of the image. Instead, place the model in a straight line so that the focus point is not blocked.

The layout follows a repeating pattern

The human eye tends to be naturally drawn to repetitive patterns. So the repetitive scenes will create interesting backgrounds for your portrait photos, for example flower fields, leaves, rows of chairs ….

Frame layout

You can increase the depth of the image with natural frames like windows, trees, or anything that makes the frame around your model.

So, I have introduced to you above the 5 common compositions in portrait photography you need to master. Besides these layouts, there are many other layouts that you can apply such as symmetric layouts, odd numbers rules, and free space rules. Hopefully through this article, you have got yourself the skills necessary to apply in the process of portrait photography.

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