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Natural daylight is probably the best possible light for capturing the human personality.
The infinite variety of outdoor lighting conditions allows unlimited opportunities for expression. 
Excellent effects can also be produced by sitting near a window.  
Natural light has one big drawback;  it's not consistently the same.  
Because of this, all portrait photographers often use artificial light.
To produce high volume with consistent results, studio flash units are a must.   
Using a long lens can reduce the impact of a distracting background. 
When framing your shot, pay attention to what's behind your subject. 
A bad background can ruin a picture.
Often you can shift your position or your subject's slightly to greatly improve your composition. 
Use outdoor backgrounds to advantage, such as colorful leaves,
or broad expanses of color such as the sky or distant scenery.

Sometimes, however, you don't have much choice. 
You must seize the opportunity or you will lose it.  
To get good expressions, you must create rapport with the subject. 
People photography is as much about human relation skills as it is about camera knowledge. 
Many people are shy of being so intensely involved with being photographed.

For more information on portrait techniques use the search for photo tips, or visit the other portrait pages.

Very simple, outdoors, nice background, kept slightly blurred

handsome teenager     The tree pose.  it works well.

venezuelan boys.  When traveling, make do with what you are given.

The expression makes the picture.  Children produce wonderful faces.

Amish boy and his scooter

Indoors, use furniture. Musical instruments make great props.

venezuelan children.  Again, the expressions

Robert.  Another simple background.  Use natural colors

Natasha.  Not another tree pose.  Good for high-school seniors.

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a prop always adds interest to a portrait

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Teenagers are often self-conscious,
and sometimes have difficulty relaxing in front of the camera.  
Usually it's best not to have any observers in the studio or on the set.
Be sensitive to age, too.  Don't talk down to them.
Teens need a very upbeat and fun atmosphere.
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