If you can master these 3 tip’s you’ll see a great improvment in all your photography

1. Be natural and spontaneous

2. Composition

3. Background


Portrait from Wikipedia –  “Portrait photography or portraiture is the capture by means of photography of the likeness of a person or a small group of people (a group portrait), in which the face and expression is predominant. The objective is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is the person’s face, although the entire body and the background may be included. A portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position. A portrait often shows a person looking directly at the camera.”


If you’ve tried and failed to get some good photos of your kids then your not alone. This is a rare photo I got of my son, Khi, actually looking into the camera. He’s one of those kid’s that won’t often naturally pose or even look and smile into the camera. So to get a shot like this I needed to be ready.

Spontaneous – I got this natural shot by being ready and able to be spontaneous when the time was right.

Natural – As Khi was busy playing in the sand I  looked around for the best place for me to be to get a good shot of him when the time is right.

Background – I wanted a simple background but at the same time to have enough in the background to help with the story behind the photo, so I sat facing to the sea.

Composition – To put the sky behind Khi I got down low to get the shot. I also considered the light as I didn’t want Khi to be squinting when he caught my attention so I needed to have the sun either behind or to the side of him.

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Then, when I had the best position I pre focused the camera on him before I finally shouted “KHI” and got him to turn to me and …. snap, snap, snap I got the shot. Fortunately this time he did smile!

 Tech Info. Camera : Fuji Finepix s200EXR @ iso 100 /  f 4.5 / 1/400th

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