Here is a quick one for you. I always carry an old slide holder in my wallet. It really helps with composing the shots, rather than looking through the camera all the time. I use it in my street/landscape photography, and when doing location studies for my portraiture work. You can try to make square with fingers of course, but this works much better for me.
Fun fact - I own 149 cameras.
Mostly film cameras.
In fact, I was a camera collector long before I was a photographer. Most of these cameras I have purchased for next to nothing at yard and estate sales, cleaned them up, fixed them up, and started using them. Some others (like the one above) I got as a much appreciated gift.
And every day I pick up one of them and take it out for a photo walk… This way both of us get a little workout in the middle of the day :)
Canon AT-1 from 1978 was the lucky one today
That’s a quote from an old book - “The Joy of Photography”.
Personally I find it to be extremely true on many levels. Especially the “Everything is boring if you are bored” part.
When applied to portraiture it’s about liking the person you are taking a picture of.
“People are strange when you are stranger, Faces look ugly when you’re alone” (Jim Morrison)
One of the reasons I became specifically a portrait photographer is because I genuinely love people and because I am endlessly fascinated by them.
And yes - even if I don’t quite like a person in front of me for some reason, I try very hard to change that immediately, looking for something I find beautiful and interesting about them. And I don’t recall a single time when I couldn’t find something. People are beautiful.