General Portrait Photography

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Tip #1: Carefully consider your background. 

- Should not be distracting. Watch out for distracting elements behind the model.

- Doesn't clash with the model or their outfit

- Be thematically consistent

- Should be pleasing to the eye

Tip #2: Notice the little details

- Look for stray hairs, loose threads, wrinkled clothing, off-centered jewelry

Tip #3: Posing and Positioning the model

- Avoid a "flat-on" pose as it makes the model appear wider and more confrontational.

- Position fingers in a staircase shape to make them look elegant.

Tip #4: Separate the subject from the background

- Use a background light or rim light, or use a different background colour.

Tip #5: Consider the lighting

- Tailor the lighting to fit a subject or mood.

Tip #6: Think carefully about the narrative and purpose

- Tell a story as a stand-alone image.

- Make sure the story is clearly told

Tip #7: Guide the viewer's eye.

Tip #8: Retouching

- Small changes are fine, but avoid taking it too far.

- Avoid over-processing skin

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