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For my photography homework the question says
'Collect examples of portrait photography that show atleast 5 different moods, e.g happy, angry etc…'
What is portrait photography though? :/
Well a portrait is basically a photo that you would see anywhere…a head and shoulders picture would likely be best, since the expressions would be clearly visible.
There can be other types of portraits, such as a group shot at a wedding, showing the wedding party members in their full dresses and so forth, but you want to concentrate on the types of pictures that focus directly on the face, and are typically cut off around the person's shoulders or neckline.
OK…I found the perfect solution for you.
Go to www.flickr.com
Next, In the search bar right on the right side of the screen, type in SAD PORTRAIT, or HAPPY PORTRAIT, or ANGRY PORTRAIT, and you will find THOUSANDS of portrait shots
Surely you know how to look at a person's picture and tell if they are happy or sad right???? If not, better drop the class.
I was just curious, is there a reason that I always see a lot of photographers using long range zoom lenses like, 135mm lens for portrait photography? Do you get better picture quality doing it that way rather than using a 24mm, or is it just a personal preference thing?
With 24mm you'd have to get really close to the person that you want to shoot. This will result in a strange perspective with e.g. A big nose and small ears in case of a frontal portrait.
On the other hand, a too long focal length may result in an image that seems to be flat and void of any perspective unless one specifically enhances the 3D-look with the lighting. Neither of these two extremes is how we see people in our daily lives. We don't get extremely close to them in most cases, nor do we seem them from afar (that is, when we see them from afar, then we cannot recognize much detail anymore).
Hence a light/medium tele focal length is often used to shoot from a distance that is "natural" to us humans when we see other people and still to get the person not to appear tiny on the image as it'd be if a 35mm or so lens were used from that distance.
Control over the depth of field is another aspect. The transition between sharp and blurry happens at a different pace depending on the distance, focal length and aperture.
If you take a picture at, say, 50mm focal length in a way so that the head is entirely within the DoF, then the background that is e.g. 2m behind the person will be blurred to a different degree than if you use 100mm focal length and the same DoF.
I've started practicing portraits(as the next thing to learn on my photography list) and of course they didn't come out phenomenal at first try. I know how to use composition, etc. I have a pretty good camera, so if I use an open space, large black or white sheet for background and a good flat surface for support(as a tripod kind of), will that be good? If so, can I get some tips on taking portraits? Like how to make them pose, etc. Thank you.
Lighting is the number one thing you need to understand and master. It is a vast subject on which have been written many books and typically requires years of practice to truly master. Best thing I can tell you to do is go go Youtube and search on portrait photography lighting. You will find plenty of examples to see how you need to work with light.
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