Creating a Portrait a Few Hints and Tips - part 1 of 1 2 3 4

Published 01/07/1997

By Derek Avery FSWPP

An effective portrait makes a statement about the subject.

If you look at a person's portrait and you are drawn into their personality and you feel that you know something about that person by looking at the picture then author has accomplished their task.

The Face

It is important to know how to determine the angle that will be the most flattering to the sitter. View the face from three angles:

Full face

Straight into the camera lens

Two thirds face

The angle of the face at which both eyes are visible from the camera position, with the eye on the far side of the face going almost to the edge of the faces outline but remaining full. Note that the tip of the nose should be contained within the line of the cheek.

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