Photography tips

My aim when creating your portrait is to capture the likeness and character of the subject, a drawing which you would be able to treasure for years to come. To do this, one of the most important things is to work from a high quality photograph. The better the photograph, the better the drawing. An idea photo would be natural light, face on and at eye level.This guide will help explain what makes a good photo. Please feel free to email me your photos and I will let you know whether they are suitable.

good examples

The above are great examples of ideal photographs as there is a good pose, good lighting and you able to see the true colours.

  • High resolution photo taken with a digital camera.

  • Taken in natural lighting.

  • Photo is taken at same level of the subject.

  • When zoomed in you can see a lot of the detail in the face with a good reflection in the eyes. A good way to test this is to zoom in on the face, see if you can clearly see the individual hairs on the dogs coat or check the eyes of the subject is fully visible.

unsuitable examples

The above are examples of photographs with common problems due to distance, perspective, poor lighting, being out of focus, blinking and red eyes or light reflection from the flash.

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