The Commentation

The classic layout in portrait

March 3, 2020

Surely almost 100% of us are going through a new phase with photography newbies: You can hold a genuine machine to hundreds of millions, several thousand $ lenses, capturing beautiful form you have never seen in my life. Then go home, when you are mulling over a hundred images were thrown out in the trash! Now know why this form of speech? To avoid this predicament, please take the time to skim through the article below you.

With the photographer experienced, they are masters of composition, and they would often break the rules to compose the picture is “adventure”. However with novices like us, the best way to have beautiful photos still should follow the classic rules already in textbooks from the last hundred years. Here Duytom will review it this the golden rule

1. The important point in the picture

In each picture there is a focal point that when glance, people will look into it first. In the portrait, which is EYES! Duytom stressed capitalization that: EYES is the most important point in the portrait! So, in any case, you will have to focus on the eyes, put eyes on the center image. If eyes are dim, the whole picture will dim stature under, no matter how everything else how beauty.

2. Layout between mind pictures

This layout is classic layout and very safe. You put in the right mind modeling shots, and so what kind of photos does not make sense is wrong. Layout the center sometimes is necessary, for example in taking proceedings from 2 or more such persons.

3. Layout 1/3


1/3 layout is kind of classic layout. The principle is to divide the image into nine equal sections as shown below. The crossover point is the important point, the dividing line is the critical path photo 1/3. The human eye will be attracted to the sugar and naturally that point. We need to put the emphasis on detail, for example, eyes, model, the horizon … eyes model is an important point, the sample is arranged in the third photograph is on the way important. 1/3 layout helps viewers feel natural, pleasant and balanced. If you notice while watching the movie, you’ll see frequently cast in 1/3 screen layout, not the center.

4. The Law of the gaps

Laws of space to avoid the feeling of being cramped. For example, the following cases:
– Take pictures athlete cyclist, leave space to he could “proceed to” keep people moving, “stab” at the edge of the photo.
– Portrait model: let space to her “look”, do not let her “look” into the edge image

5. Layout in a straight line

Human eyes tend to track in a straight line in a natural way. So we can use straight lines to lead the viewer to the subject to photograph. Most popular in the portrait, it is looking like the natural line the roadside, trees, railroad rails … and put the model on that line.
Note: If you have two converging lines in a frame, for example, two rows of trees, avoid putting the model to the point of convergence. It took deep photographs. Instead, set up a linear model so that the convergence point is not blocked.

6. layout patterned repeat

The human eye tends naturally fascinated by the patterns repeat. So the repeat setting will create interesting backgrounds for your portrait, for example, field of flowers, leaves, …

7. Layout frame format

You can increase the depth of the picture with the natural frame windows, trees, or anything that makes a frame around your model

9. The Law of Simplicity

In everyday life, simplicity is always the golden rule. And when the portrait is no exception. The complex picture of crowd trouble need eyes and minds to master the beautiful layout. New start shooting, we must get the pictures as simple as possible.


These are the classic principles in textbooks and has been photographer millions verified. When I first started with photography, you just apply these rules and one thing is for sure, the quality of your picture will improve much. Later, when mature, we can “drift” and creative as you like.

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