Buffy Baird, dog, fills frame - buffy-baird_0003
Buffy Baird dog - face fills the frame here buffybaird.com 14 Sept. 2007
Photo by Mike Baird, bairdphotos.com, Canon 1D Mark III and "EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM +1.4x" lens
Digital 100 Examples lessons:
Fill the frame! To get a better image , one suggestion is to hold your hand in front of your face - your subject should not be hiden by your hand. Get closer - don't be afraid to cut off tops of heads, limbs, etc. This portrait could even be tighter and closer and still have impact.
Get a catch-light in the eye - a good head shot, or photo of human or animal, usually has a catch light in at least one of the eyes... this can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Study and use light - available, and on-camera and off-camera flash, bounce lighting, etc.
Have the subject look right into the lens - One way to do this is to put the camera right under your chin (more easily done with a point-and-shoot perhaps) and engage the subject with your eyes - if you as the photographer can make eye contact, your subject will be looking into the lens. Where your subject is looking can have a dramatic effect on the interpretation of the image.