Portrait Photography

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  1. 1. Portrait Photography
  2. 2. Portrait and People Photography
    Photographs that show the expression of a human most likely using their face as the main focal Point
  3. 3. Get Close
    - Big mistake is not getting close enough to your subject.Get close, fill the frame with your subject!
  4. 4. Settings
    - Settings and scene can really add emotion to a portrait.Settings tell us information about the people and their way of life
  5. 5. Separate subject and background
    • Using a lower DOF allows you to isolate your subject.Separate the subject from the background to highlight the focal point of your image
    • 6. This doesnt necessarily mean setting your aperture to the lowest number possible, rather to a lower number (5.4-11) to give your subject separation from the background
    • 7. Pull your subject away from background to minimize distraction of backgroundor you as the photographer step back and ZOOM in on subject.
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  7. 9. Props
    -Props help to give the photographs a life and tell us more about the subject.Include props but dont let them become the main focus of the portrait.
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  9. 11. Lighting
    • Make sure the lighting ADDS to the photograph rather then subtracts.Lighting can make or break a photograph.
    • 12. Shoot FROM the source of your light to fill in faces
    • 13. Shoot in early morning or towards end of day for nice soft diffused light.Mid day light is way to harsh and high to effectively fill out facial features
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  11. 15. Lighting Silhouettes
    • Shoot into the light.First meter for the light source itself (set SS/Aperture) then focus on your subject and release shutter.
    • 16. Make sure subject blocks the source of light
  12. 17. Change your angle
    • You can minimize distractions in your photographs by switching up your angle
    • 18. Different angles can really change the mood and meaning of a photograph
  13. 19. Work/Life/Candid
    -Dont tell your subject to pose.Rather be unobtrusive and photograph them doing what they do.A posing smiling person is not always the best.
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  15. 21. Assignment
    4 Portraits
    Backlit/ Silhouetted
    Waist and above
    Close up/Head Shot
    Work/Life/Candid
  16. 22. 1. Backlit/ Silohetted
    Subject will be completely black
    Having the subject being involved in an action or a pose of some sort will most likely enhance the photo..separate the extremities from the body
    How
    Meter for sky, set shutter speed + apature
    Then compose shot, subject will be very underexposed
    Make sure subject blocks the light source
  17. 23. 2.Waist and above
    Setting is key on this one.
    Either choose a setting that will add to the photograph OR
    Find a very neutral setting
    Separate subject from setting with lower DOF
  18. 24. 3.Close up/Head Shot
    Get just the shoulders and above
    This is the Hollywood headshot.
    Make sure your lighting allows you to fill out all facial featuresUSE NATURAL LIGHTING!
    Fill your frame with the subject
  19. 25. 4. Work/Life
    Capture a shot showing a person in their natural setting
    Doesnt necessarily need to fill the frame as the setting and the props will add to the setting
    Higher DOF might be helpful as the scene should add to the person in their natural setting