Working with a lot of people on both sides of the camera to help understand portraiture is a great pleasure. The best portrait photographers prepare in advance to learn their subjects with amazing results. Street photographers take advantage of split-second opportunities and mine gold.
Which are you? Calculated or shoot from the hip? It doesn’t matter because both have their place. Here are a few ideas to apply to your portrait disciplines.
- What’s the point? Why do you want to capture people’s portraits? Ask yourself these questions and be prepared to respond to your own answers.
- Learn the fundamentals but don’t be afraid to throw those aside when you are ready to embrace your creativity.
- These fundamentals can be learned but eventually your talent and style will be discovered.
- Open your mind to experiences and take advantage of opportunities. Don’t miss out while overthinking.
- Your model has a personality. Learn about them to bring it out in your images. Empathize.
- Find a common bond between you and your model. This will encourage trust and better results.
- Coordinate everything. Personalities, hair, eyes, wardrobe, complexion and backdrop. Details!
- Focus on the eyes, but also anything remarkable. Accessories, tattoos, piercings, anything.
- Don’t force something that doesn’t feel natural to you or your model. It shows.
- Make mistakes. Make them again. Forgive and forget then grow from them. Do it your way!
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