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Taking Portraits

Taking Portraits

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Taking Portraits

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  1. Taking Portraits Some tips to keep in mind

  2. Components of Great Portraits • Change your perspective • Play with eye contact • Vary the placement of your subject • Take a series of shots • Fill the frame • Use Lighting in unique ways

  3. Change Your Perspective • Most portraits are taken at eye level • Change your perspective for a unique twist

  4. Play with Eye Contact • Most portraits are taken with the subject facing forward • Have the subject focus on something off-camera to create interest

  5. Vary the Placement of your Subject • Change where the subject appears in the frame • Can be full-frame • On the edge of the frame • Or even cut off part of the subject’s head in the frame • Leaves something to the imagination • And focuses attention on parts of your subject that you want to be focused upon

  6. Take a Series of Shots • Use “continuous shooting” mode and fire off more than one shot at a time. • Create a series of images that could be presented together instead of just one static image.

  7. Fill the Frame • One way to ensure that your subject captures the attention of the viewer of your portrait is to fill the frame with their face. • It’s not something that you’d do in every shot that you take

  8. If your subject is the only feature in the shot - there’s really nowhere else to look.

  9. Self-Portraits Some ideas to consider

  10. From Where I Stand • Dennis Maitland has a unique take on the self-portrait • He uses aerial views of Detroit to showcase his self-portraits • It combines a birds-eye view and parts of him

  11. 100 Cool Self-Portrait Ideas • http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/100-seriously-cool-self-portraits-and-tips-to-shoot-your-own/

  12. Unique Lighting • Use light to create an interesting portrait: • Side lit Portraits • Black backgrounds • White backgrounds

  13. Black Background

  14. White Background

  15. Your Task #2… • Take a series of portraits to experiment • Take a picture for each of the following portrait components: • Perspective • Eye Contact • Subject placement • Series of shots • Fill the Frame • Self-portrait • Unique Lighting • Side lit Portrait • Use a White or Black background and play around with lighting