When photographing a single person there is a temptation to place them in the middle of the frame. Better results are often obtained by moving them off-centre – this gives a more dynamic image. Take a look at how characters are shown in television dramas to pick up tips on portrait composition.

A portrait does not have to show the head-and-shoulders. Try moving back to locate the person in their environment. A study, workroom or kitchen can say as much about a person as their face. Or move in as close as your camera will allow to concentrate on the eyes and mouth.

Above all, experiment. You can check your digital photos right away on the LCD, delete the less successful shots and display your successes.

Enter the Gallery
If you have a new camera, Christmas and New Year are great times to learn how to use it. If you already have a camera, then make sure you use it to capture the great times you are part of. Use the advice in this tutorial, take some great photos, then enter your favourite in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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Photographic Composition
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Water photography
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Christmas portrait photography