We’ve talked previously about the ‘rules’ of photography and how they translate in art. And they’re not set in stone; you can break the rules and still get a great image, but it helps to know what you’re doing.

There are some similar guidelines for posing people just like there are for the composition of your whole image. There are ways to make people look their best, and highlight their best features. Portrait editing software can help you achieve this after the photo has been taken.

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Position your subject in the best light that you can

You should try to position the person in such a way that the light falls flatteringly, and doesn’t highlight any unpleasant shadows, or dark circles around the eyes. If you’re stuck with the available light, and it isn’t quite as good as you’d like, you can add extra light, using the relighting features in Portrait Pro.

Shoot from a good angle

Shooting at eye level height works well, it helps to avoid unpleasant angles from too high or too low. If you’ve got an image where something looks out of proportion, then the face sculpting tools in your portrait editing software can help make it more in proportion.

Capture the light in the eyes

The eyes are an important part of the portrait. Make sure you get a catch light in the person’s eyes, as this can really bring the portrait to life. Dark eyes with no catch light can seem too dark and disconcerting. You can add catch lights with photo editing software Portrait Pro 12, and if you already have them in your image, you can change the shape or position of them.

Get your composition just right

There are things that are accepted that you shouldn’t do in a portrait photograph, such as crop the person at the joint, either arms or legs. If this has happened when you capture the image, you can always crop it to a better angle with photo editing software. Check out Smart Photo Editor here.

For your other portrait retouching needs, check out Portrait Pro 12 today and see how great your portrait photographs can be.

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