The example below provides you with an idea that the parts of the face relate to other parts such as:
- Top of the ears meet the top of the eyes
- Bottom of the ears meet the tip of the nose
- The end of the mouth meet the center of the eyes
- The ends of the nose line up with the inside ends of the eyes
- The eyes are located in the middle height of the head
- The space between each eye is about the width of an eye (the width of the head is five eyes)
Included are additional reference images of the head and parts of the face to help you along the way.
Think beyond “say cheese” when taking pictures of a friend or model – especially if you are photographing someone who has a wide range of facial expressions and no fear of the camera.
Expressions: In portraiture, the results do not just depend on the skill of the photographer; the subject also has an important part to play in the shot. The human face is capable of a thousand different poses, simply by the way in which the mouth and eye muscles are used. A slight grimace may mean nothing in real life, but caught with the camera, it makes a statement. In addition to facial expressions, there is an almost infinite number of ways in which the subject can change posture and position, many of which look much less photogenic than others.
The photographer can help ensure the results wanted by making sure the model is comfortable, warm, at ease, and remember to continue to communicate with them.
Consider getting outside the studio and taking shots in places that will infuse your portrait with notes of interest and intrigue. When shooting “on location”, be mindful of compositional factors such as framing, value contrast and depth of field as you look for ways of including your subject’s environs in the image.
Once you’ve selected favorites from your session, think about adding digital enhancements such as adjustment layers or photo filters.