You are the photographer so plan ahead of time

August 28, 2011 by  
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I think the best medium for capturing an individual’s character is by photography. It may look peculiar to express a single picture can record character whilst only catching the moment, but done effectively it is going to tell you more about the person than any other medium without prejudicing your views through hearing them etc.

Many tutorials will start by advising you, the viewer, which lens or camera you should use; and while this may be important in some respects it is by no means the number one factor in taking a good portrait, in fact it is the photographer who takes the great image not the camera. THE most important practice to consider when looking capturing great portrait photographs is to get to know your subject. Personality is what comes through in great portrait photography, not a camera or lighting (although these can help).

When preparing to on your portrait session, your current initial actions need to be in planning; what it is you want your image to capture? If your subject is a, quirky, fun person then look to pose them in a style befitting of their manner, use imagery to truly capture their personality; if they are serious then change your style to fit. Catching this particular essence is exactly what could make the subject (or perhaps their friends/family) think amazing! There isn’t any point trying to have a timid reserved individual leaping everywhere or even performing the loon, everything you could will certainly obtain can be an cumbersome photo that neither you nor your subject/client might be proud of. Many people may bear in mind exactly how photos used to all look and feel the same; posed, cheerful on mottled backgrounds, it is not anymore just how in portrait photography, pictures need to appear like the individuals heart and soul a lot more than the way they look if that makes sense.

When you know the characteristics of the person, then taking the picture gets to be a less difficult prospect. Your next step will help, there’s two areas you’ll take someone’s family portrait, first of all in a studio room set up or additionally in a all-natural ecosystem. Now just to be clear, when I say studio set-up I mean equally in your plush all singing studio using fixed backdrops or in a makeshift studio in someone’s home. And by natural environment I don’t always mean outside though if you do go outside you might get to use the best natural light we know, someone positioned at work or watching TV is equally as natural as relaxing using a seashore or located in an archway. Organic in my opinion means that inside areas you would possibly find them usually. I find it is all about comfort and rest, if the individual can be most relaxed becoming photographed in a studio, then use one, if they would be more comfortable somewhere different then that is where you must go. Again we see personality come into play, for example most parents I know would much rather have a stunning image of their kids playing in their local park than sat in some stuffy studio, because this captures just what children are about and that’s precisely what good portrait artwork is.

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