A photo of a family hugging on a beach at sunset.

Photo books from bonusprint make great gifts for Father’s Day. But if you haven’t got that many good pics of dad to fill the pages, or you just want to take your portrait photography to the next level, here are some simple tips to try.

We’ve got easy techniques to help you take amazing portrait shots and family photos too so that you can include all of dad’s favourite people in your pics. And if you need extra tips to get started, check out our post on how to capture amazing photos of your everyday heroes.

How to take a classic portrait

A portrait photo of an older man laughing. There are trees in the background, which are blurry, but the man is in focus.

If you’re new to portrait photography, figuring out the basics is the best way to start. Once you’ve mastered taking a classic portrait, you can use it as a foundation then start experimenting.

1. Use a wide aperture

If you’re using a DSLR, set your lens to the widest aperture possible. This will help you blur the background and draw all the focus to your dad. For some extra aperture hints, take a look at our photography guide.

2. Find a good background

Think carefully about the background. The cleaner and less cluttered it is, the less distracting it’ll be in your portrait. Usually, all you need for a good background is a wall or a hedge. Just ask your dad to stand a few metres away from it.

3. Focus on the eyes

Eyes always capture a viewer’s attention in a photo, so make sure they’re as sharp as possible in your portrait.

4. Take lots of photos

Your subject will get more comfortable the more photos you take. Make sure you take quite a few to give them the chance to get used to the camera; your photos will look much more natural as a result.

Recreate a special photo

A photo of an older man and his son fishing in a boat on a lake.

Have you got a photo of dad that you’ve always loved – it might be a snap from when you were a kid or a retro family photo that always made you laugh? You can recreate it to relive your favourite moment. Try and get everyone to wear outfits to match the original picture or pose in the same way as you all did the first time around.

Focus on the details

A close-up photo of a pair of man’s hands, covered in soil, holding a cloth.

Those little things that only you notice about your dad can make a portrait say even more about him. You could include objects that you know he loves, like his favourite chair or a sweater that you always see him wearing. You could also focus on little quirks or features; maybe his hands are a bit weathered from always working outside, or he might have traits or mannerisms that you’ve only ever associated with your dad. Just think about what makes him unique and try and capture that.

Show him doing something he loves

A photo of an older man, sat on a couch, playing an acoustic guitar.

To show a bit more of your dad’s personality, you can capture him doing something he loves. If he’s a collector, photograph him in front of all his memorabilia. For a dad that loves food, capture him in the kitchen. And if he lives for sport, make sure you get an action shot of him during a game.

You can also organise an activity to do together, then collect all the photos you take on the day and make a dedicated photo book.

Get the whole family involved

A photo of a family hugging on a beach at sunset.

The most important thing to your dad will be you and the family. There’s no better way to show what means the world to him than by getting everyone together for a family photo.

If you need to brush up on your photography skills before you take your portrait, check out our introduction to photography basics to get started. Then you can experiment with your shots and capture everything that makes your dad one of a kind for a photo book he’ll love forever.

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