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  1. Portrait Photography “A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.” - Charles Baudelaire “Portraiture is a window to the soul” Holding Virgina - Sally Mann

  2. Types of Portraits When we speak of portrait photography in general terms there's a tendency to overlook the sub-categories. From the strictly formal to the candid street shot. Here is a range of the more common types of portrait photography. • Candid • Posed • Formal • Couple • Environmental • Sporting • Children • Group

  3. Candid • un-posed and unplanned photo

  4. Posed • Communication between photographer and the subject about the body position and expression

  5. Formal • Communication between photographer and the subject regarding clothing, location, style and mood

  6. Couple • Interpretation of a relationship between two people Hiroshima, August of 1945

  7. Small Group • Interpretation of acommon bondbetween members of a group

  8. Environmental • An environmental portrait showsthe subject(s) in their own territory.

  9. Sporting • shows the subject with their uniform, equipment in their sporting environment. • The important factor is to let the equipment and location tell part of the story.

  10. Children

  11. Portrait Tips • Choosing the Right Background • Focus on the Eyes • Lighting, Lighting and more Lighting • Change the Format Framing • Alter Your Perspective • Experiment with Subject Expressions • “Play” with focus • Give Your Subject Space to Look Into • Reflection & Shadow • Movement • Get serious

  12. Choosing the Right Background

  13. Focus on the Eyes “the eyes are the window to the soul”

  14. Lighting, Lighting and more Lighting • Lighting is the most important element in any photo composition and sets the mood, feeling and character of your photo.

  15. Change the Format Framing • Mix your framing

  16. Alter Your Perspective • completely change the angle that you shoot from

  17. Experiment with Subject Expressions

  18. Same shot+different focus=different story

  19. (UN)Focus • It adds some mystery to the image

  20. Give Your Subject Space to Look Into

  21. Reflection & Shadow

  22. Movement • Use movement to show action, even if it blurs out the subject entirely.

  23. Get serious • Not all portraits need to have a smile, capture the serious emotions too

  24. but not too serious….