Annabel Williams Portraiture Masterclass

Readers’ Images

Annabel Williams takes a look at a selection of our reader’s Masterclass images and offers some practical advice

Jennifer Peel


I’m particularly fond of the muted colours in this image. Jennifer has

managed to use the buildings behind the model to add another level. The

tones and textures complement her hair perfectly. Plus I’m in love with

those wonderful boots!


This is definitely an unusual composition, but I have to say it works

really quite well.

I like the way the model is looking up, and the

buildings in the background towering above her give the image a real

sense of scale.

I think this shot is gorgeous. The light is beautiful because the model

is standing under a roof that is creating really good top shade and soft

light. I love the out-of-focus café scene in the background, and I

particularly like the blurred edge on the left of the picture, which is a

curved wall. I think this really helps to make us focus on the model.

The blurred wall also links with the lights at the top right of the

shot, which helps to balance the photograph.


Isobel Murphy
Izzy has captured a really great moment here and has managed to make

the shot look spontaneous, even though we asked the model to do this

several times. The model looks really happy, and it makes the shot a lot

of fun. I also love the out-of-focus texture and the colour of the

background in the top right of the picture. It’s amazing to think it’s

just a café window at the end of a subway.


good tip is to experiment with different camera angles. Just tilting

your frame slightly can add a real dimension to your photographs’


What really stands out in this shot is the fact that Isobel has tilted

the camera to achieve a dynamic effect. That’s a good tip – to

experiment with different camera angles.

Just tilting your frame

slightly can add a real dimension to your photographs. Also, the

positioning of the model looks great with the columns towering above


This is a great shot. I’m particularly in love the model’s hair colour and

the way that it works with the brick wall behind her. I’m also struck by

the way Izzy has faded out the right side of the picture to emphasise

the model. The composition works really well and, most importantly, the

model looks incredibly relaxed.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Camera Settings
  3. 3. The Subjects
  4. 4. Lighting and Composition
  5. 5. Location and Background
  6. 6.
  7. 7. Readers' Images
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