A great photographer is more than a technician, but all great portraits begin with a photographer's mastery of equipment and technical requirements. Set yourself on the road to greatness by learning the basic components of photographic portraiture. You will need a camera, a telephoto lens, and a subject. Props are optional. Compose your subject by using the rule of thirds, where your subject is either in the left or right third, not the direct middle, for the most intresting pictures.