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
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
Candid • un-posed and unplanned photo
Posed • Communication between photographer and the subject about the body position and expression
Formal • Communication between photographer and the subject regarding clothing, location, style and mood
Couple • Interpretation of a relationship between two people Hiroshima, August of 1945
Small Group • Interpretation of acommon bondbetween members of a group
Environmental • An environmental portrait showsthe subject(s) in their own territory.
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.
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
Focus on the Eyes “the eyes are the window to the soul”
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.
Change the Format Framing • Mix your framing
Alter Your Perspective • completely change the angle that you shoot from
(UN)Focus • It adds some mystery to the image
Movement • Use movement to show action, even if it blurs out the subject entirely.
Get serious • Not all portraits need to have a smile, capture the serious emotions too