Portrait photography can be fun and yet difficult to master. It is normal to see photographers struggling with the subject’s pose and sometime things can get ugly when the photographer and subject can’t agree on the pose. That is when you need to talk to your models and make them understand all you want to do is to get the best out of them. You are aiming for that special glow that only your model can show. Of course then you have to listen to their feedback and see what they want in their picture. It is their pictures after all.
Everyone is unique in their own way and looking at that, shouldn’t everyone have their own special portrait? You can ask your model to look away from the camera and focus on his face. Or you can get your model to rest her head on her palm so that you can focus on her gaze. What you need to do here is to be creative and shoot out of the box.
Besides that, good portrait photographers can make do with the equipments they already have. It is true that you can get better picture when you have better equipments. But looking at the speed of the digital cameras being release to the market today, do you know how much money you need to invest to get all the equipments in your hand? So, what you need to do is to zoom in to your model when you are practicing portrait photography because wide lens might make your model look “wide” and you will hard time explaining that to them.
Lastly, practice does make digital photography better. Seriously, have you ever fail to be better in things that you do over and over again? You might have spent a lot of time thinking of how you need to pose your model when you started this but once you have build the experience, you will know how to prep your model for the camera with just a single glance.