What makes a good portrait?
There are a few things that can be done in photography to make a good portrait. Framing and lighting are my two favorite skills to implement when taking portraits.
Framing a portrait
Framing can be done in two ways. In your portrait you can frame a person literally with the surroundings. You could also frame the subject on the rule of thirds in the frame of the picture.
The picture above, we see the subject being framed by natural surroundings in her portrait.
In the portrait above, we see the subject being framed on the left third of the photograph.
Lighting a portrait
In portraits, we can light a subject with natural lighting or with lighting equipment.
In the picture above we see a more natural lighting of the portrait.
In the portrait above, there is a flash used to light the subject in the dark background.
Want to learn more about portraits? Here is a great resource.