People are one of the most frequent subject of photographs. However, if you want to take interesting portraits, you shouldn’t just aim for the face and take the first shoot that presents itself, try experimenting a bit and you may be surprised what you can come up with.
First of all, don’t always go for the straight shot, instead try approaching the subject from different angles. For instance get above the subject and photograph them looking up at you. Shooting from above, or different angles gives you a nice opportunity to play with the shadows on the subject’s face and create some interesting effects.
Make sure to instruct your subject to shift where they are looking at. While looking at the camera may be interesting in some instances, instructing the subject to look in some other direction can create a dose of mystery or coyness, and either can look really good on a photo.
Don’t be afraid to play with lighting and accentuate certain parts of the subject while hiding the rest. Play of shadows on the subjects face can create very interesting effects and you should exploit to its fullest potential.
Finally, don’t be afraid to break the rules of composition, or for that matter any other rules (photography related, I’m not encouraging you go to go out committing crime and claim that you are doing that for the sake of becoming a better photographer). This is to say, have fun and try different things, it always pays out in the end.