As the photographer, it's up to you to know how to take a good picture. If you need some ideas, here are some tips to improve your shots.
1) Find the best angle.
People and pets have different angles. Sometimes, a shot will look better from the left or from the right. The subject rarely knows, so it's up to you to determine the best angle for the picture.
It's not only about left and right though. It's also about how high or low you angle your camera. For example, positioning yourself too low will only catch the unflattering view of say... uncle Frank's nostrils and aunt Mary's double chin!
2) Catch candid moments.
Another way to take good pictures of people is to catch them during candid moments. Sometimes, people have a hard time smiling naturally in front of the camera which will often ruin an otherwise good shot.
However, by catching them off gaurd, you'll have a better chance of scoring a nice shot. Just try to get your timing right because candid moments can also make for unflattering pictures.
3) Try different positions.
Many photographers like to take pictures of people by lining them up side by side. While there's nothing really wrong with such a shot, often the picture will turn out boring.
If you want to take good pictures of people, try out different positions. Group them together and take their picture from up high so their faces are the ones in focus. Be as fun and as creative as the situation allows.
It's easy to learn how to take good pictures of people. You don't have to buy the latest camera model to come up with fantastic photos. All it takes is a little bit of creativity and an understanding of the overall composition of the shot.
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