Military Three-Quarter Length Photography Best Practices

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Use these tips to take three-quarter length photos. Check your service-specific regulations to ensure your photo is set up in accordance with those guidelines.

Follow these tips to take professional three-quarter length photos of your subject:

  • When standing at attention, set up the shot to frame the subject from the head down to a few inches below the end of the hands. For example, Official Army Photographs Army regulation AR 640-30, states: “Frame the image to the right of the camera center as seen through the camera view approximately 2 inches above the top of the head to approximately 2 inches below the jacket line with both the subject's hands visible.”
  • Have the subject pose standing at attention with their left shoulder forward. Turn subject to a 15 degree angle to make sure all awards and decorations are in the frame.
  • Select the background governed by your service’s regulations.
  • Set the camera height to be level with the subject’s upper chest.
  • Set the camera aperture to f/8 or smaller to ensure proper depth of field for the subject to be in focus.

When in the studio, use the infographic below as a quick reference.

Infographic of a studio and three-quarter length portrait with best practice callouts.
Infographic of tips and best practices for shooting three-quarter length military photographs.
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