Thanks to Dave's friend Jack for the photos which perfectly demonstrate this photo tip for you. The idea is to zoom all the way OUT and all the way IN while keeping your subject in frame. Also, you can change the orientation of the photo by turning the camera sideways and using portrait. In the three landscape portraits above, you can see how dramatically different each shot looks. Jack never moved. He only moved the zoom of the lens of the camera. He started far away and got closer and then closer. A good rule for the second shot is to shoot to the waist line. He did a great job by keeping our hands in the photo.
When I'm shooting, I based my zoom on the personality of the person. If they are SUPER confident, I zoom first then back out. If they are unsure, I will wait to zoom then get close as they hopefully relax. I will usually wait for them to relax before I zoom too much. Using these different perspectives with your subject keeps you from taking 4 shots that are identical. Each one of these shots give you something different.
I hope that you are enjoying your camera!! with love, Larissa