Basics of Portraiture

This is a discussion on Basics of Portraiture within the People Photography forums, part of the PHOTO GALLERIES category; Capture the moment not the time......


Closed Thread
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 46
Like Tree16Likes

Thread: Basics of Portraiture

  1. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Halifax, England
    Posts
    1,477
    PHOTO EDITING NOT OK
    Capture the moment not the time...
    Fred Berg and MountainRider like this.

  2. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    314
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    Quote Originally Posted by Tim-cheryl View Post
    I dont shoot a lot of portraits,Attachment 31547 but I think I have to disagree on a couple of you basics...
    7. Make sure that the face is well-lit without shadows around the eyes: no raccoon eyes.
    10. Avoid using flash, unless you are beyond creating the flat, cold, over-exposed, slightly washed-out look...
    Here is a self portrait shoot with shadows and a flash..I don't think it is flat, cold, over-exposed or washed-out...
    "UNLESS YOU ARE BEYOND" seems to be constantly missed in number 10. Nevertheless, there is a shadow that cuts the edge of the left eye. Through your placement and lighting you have also separated the hand and the eyes in this mood shot and made the hand more visually important since it is at the front and therefore what the viewer sees first. There is also a flash reflection on the end of the nose that can be quickly eliminated in post.

    I still think the effectiveness of this mood shot could be improved by a little more lighting.

    Cameron

  3. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    314
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzaone View Post
    Capture the moment not the time...
    Is this what you meant, when you said that sometimes your subject may be having a bad day?

    Cameron

  4. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    314
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    [QUOTE=Dazzaone;475085]Capture the moment not the time... [/QUOTE

    OK, Fred, talk to us! Explain photographically why you like this shot as you have indicated. I would be interested in hearing from you, what this shot has going for it.

    Cameron

  5. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    314
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzaone View Post
    He's a 3 month old? As you said you have to know how to use flash Great work Tim!
    Different types of shots. Any time, you want to post a more formal/casual portrait like mine, then we can do a more honest comparison?

    Cameron

  6. #26
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    BC Canada
    Posts
    51
    Equipment
    Nikon
    PHOTO EDITING NOT OK
    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron View Post
    "UNLESS YOU ARE BEYOND" seems to be constantly missed in number 10. Nevertheless, there is a shadow that cuts the edge of the left eye. Through your placement and lighting you have also separated the hand and the eyes in this mood shot and made the hand more visually important since it is at the front and therefore what the viewer sees first. There is also a flash reflection on the end of the nose that can be quickly eliminated in post.

    I still think the effectiveness of this mood shot could be improved by a little more lighting.

    Cameron
    And you could have fixed up the kids eyes in post....But now I see the meaning behind #10..you captured a good example of a static, flat snapshot :-) For me, key light in portraiture should be off set to the subjects face..

  7. #27
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Bavaria
    Posts
    682
    Equipment
    My cameras: Voigtländer Vitomatic 1a, Voigtländer Vitoret, Konica Z-UP 115e, Revue AC-5, Nikon P100, Sigma DP1s
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    I won't be baited in this way and find your general attitude somewhat irritating, Cameron.

    Suffice to say I consider Darren one of the more talented contributors to this forum and here, once again, he has presented a worthy piece of work which encaspulates emotion and energy and juxtaposes the divergent ideas of dynamism and desolation. The use of light, space and colour are masterful and the viewers' eyes are drawn to the eyes of the subject; we are at once repelled by the threat of violence and yet drawn by his magnetism. Is he preparing to attack us or willing us on to take shelter under his protection? Does he want to defend something or is his intent to destroy? We are as rabbits caught in the glare of the headlamps, moths drawn to the flame. There is a mystery to the work, we cannot unlock its meaning all at once and as such it is challenging, interesting and inspirational. In short, it is art.

    I do not pretend to be able to take a reasonable portrait, but do wonder on the strength of the work you have (reluctantly?) presented in this thread, considering all the points you have posted for the general enlightenment of members on the subject, whether there is a gulf between your knowledge and ability in this area.

    Sadly, today is the first time I have had occasion to place another member of this forum on my ignore list.

    Time to move on.
    Last edited by Fred Berg; 04-06-2012 at 04:33 AM.
    Dazzaone and MountainRider like this.
    Photography is a portal through which we are transported to other worlds

  8. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Halifax, England
    Posts
    1,477
    PHOTO EDITING NOT OK
    My portraits look so much different to yours Cameron and I can't find an example (humans anyway) of something to compare, I know how to use flash and lighting, posing the subject, focus on the eyes and not letting the background overcoming the main topic. The story behind what I posted is he is obviously a drummer and has had a hard time during life, I won't go into that but has had to fight his demons, I have plenty more from this shoot which look different, plus many more from other shoots, but I don't want to start hi-jacking your thread to show my work... I think you should show more as your previous example didn't work for me.
    Thanks Fred

  9. #29
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    116
    PHOTO EDITING OK
    This is where I always have problems. I don't believe that I have a creative or artistic bone in my body. It is very difficult for me to come up with any ideas for photos that say anything. I was afraid that I was going to be tossed out of my photography class when I was unable to give detailed reasons for why I took any particular photo other than, "I liked it." I think that my portrait ability ranks my up there with the people who work at the Wal-Mart photo studio running through a scripted set of poses for each client. Not to mean anything bad about the people who take pictures for Wal-Mart, because they still do more and better photography than I do.

    And not to derail this thread, but can anyone point me to somewhere where I can learn to be more artistic and see more in things? I understand the general rules for composition, but can't seem to get beyond that.
    Disclaimer: I am not a professional so please take all comments with a grain of salt and consider the source.

    Stupid photo blog that I had to make for my college photography class: My Stupid Photo Blog

  10. #30
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Halifax, England
    Posts
    1,477
    PHOTO EDITING NOT OK
    Keith it is more to capturing the individual, there are no rules, that is my point, never mind trying to get creative, that will come in time, you need to have an eye for photography and get the shot on the day


 

Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Help with the basics please!
    By stradawhovious in forum Brutally Honest Photo Critique Requested
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-31-2010, 01:47 PM
  2. Starting with the basics.
    By Garrett Das in forum People Photography
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-01-2010, 03:32 PM
  3. The Basics of Photography
    By MattFerrell in forum General Photography
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-09-2009, 04:53 AM
  4. Just the basics
    By Happee in forum Landscape & Flower Photography
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-06-2008, 02:56 AM
  5. Photography Basics
    By MOD in forum Photography Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-11-2006, 11:50 AM

Search tags for this page

basics of portraiture

Click on a term to search for related topics.