Getting in touch with the person!
Robert Meeks – Addicted to people and
In portrait photography, the focus is on a person. The
photographer’s job is to capture the emotions and expressions of
that particular subject. And like other photograpy – portrait
photography is very much about the lighting techniques.
While there are many different kinds of photography, portrait
photography describes the process of capturing the image of a person
or group of people, while generally focusing on their face and
This is a key distinction, even though many portraits include the
rest of the body and background images. The focus, however, is
always on the subject’s face and facial expressions. There are many
different kinds of portrait shots, too. A candid shot, one where the
subject is not posed and often taken while they are not paying
attention, is very different than a body shot which is very
deliberately posed to instill a particular emotion or reaction from
Portraits always have a specific point of view, and the photographer
uses body language, the position of the gaze and various poses and
backgrounds to bring their internal vision of the shot to life.
An uncluttered look and simplicity adds a polished look to the
portrait. Black and white portrait photography is an excellent way
to add a classic and romantic feel to your photographs. It adds an
air of nostalgia to portraits and evokes reminiscence of a time
prior to color photographs, when all portraits were black and white.
There are many who consider black and white portrait photography to
be an artistic form of expression. They believe that black and white
portraits are more of a fine art than color portraits.
When it comes to portrait photography it can be done with the
traditional style or it can be done in a more innovative style which
will express the mood of the moment with more eloquence.
Striking portraits are remembered forever and treasured by many.
Traditionally, the subjects in the portrait stare straight ahead at
the camera which is positioned at eye level. However if you change
the angle of the camera it will add a completely different aspect to
the portrait. Shooting from up, down or up close can give an
interesting perspective to the whole exercise.
There is something about the blink in the eye and to show the
emotion of the person that can really make a portrait stand out.
A number of creative photographer specialize in photographing people
of all shapes and forms.