Learn better portrait photography through lighting.
You can have a great expression, great pose and perfect camera settings — but the resulting portrait will still be boring without an understanding of light. Light will add contrast, interest and creativity to the shot. A great place to start for new portrait photographers is to work in full shade or on a cloudy day because the lighting is even and easy to work with. But, remember you’ll want a light source for those catchlights (even if it needs to be an artificial light), so use a flash on the lowest setting with a diffuser to avoid a boring shot and get more pop.