5.Hold still till finished (err on the side of caution)
Books have been written about this stuff but here are a few simple tips.
Get close to your subject – fill the picture with it, no one wants to look atceilings or floors.
Move about with the camera till it looks good – fill the frame(pic), make sureyou can see the subject, that there is nothing behind their heads like potplants,gurning kids etc
- don’t centre the image. It is very compelling to do so but it looks‘wrong’ –(the uncanny valley?) and you get lots of ceiling. Symmetry inhumans is unnatural, but use this in corridors for dramatic effect.
very important with kids – get down to their height, filming fromtheir eye level makes a big difference. Sit on the floor, or if you need to or itlooks good, stand on a table, chair, steps.
– as above, remember, looking down makes people look small, childlike,powerless - looking up at them makes them look powerful, older, moreauthority.Don’t always get or let kids look straight at camera – break the spell,encourage them to look above or to the side, this will make them lookthoughtful or confident. I play a game and imagine the use for the portraitstaken – book cover? Politicians poster? Film publicity?Eyes should look into the frame not out.
– light should fall on the subject so avoid standing them against awindow (this will create silhouettes). Instead swing round and have the lightbehind you and falling on them.
– this happens when bits of the subject go out of the shot –embrace this, after all, no one cares about the tops of peoples heads.