People How-To TipsGet personal. Go metaphorically or literally into the "inner rooms" of a person's life. Converse.See their place. In many portraits, the subject's environment, and how he or she interacts with it, makes the image.Look around. "You've got to see behind your subject." Be careful not to look only at the person but at the whole scene.Frame carefully. Check what happens at the edges. Shaw sees people cut off at the wrist, the finger, the ankle. "It's OK to cut off a head," she jokes, "but not an ankle." Watch the bottom of the frame, in particular.Liven them up. Strive for animation from your subjects. "It takes tremendous energy to get people to animate themselves," Shaw says. She admits to acting goofy or doing whatever it takes to make this happen.Shift position. Don't stick to the eye-level point of view. You can climb higher, get down low, walk around your subject, or move in and out. Each POV will lead to a different image.