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There are Several Purposes to Ensure to Undertake Portrait Photography

By Tracy Narvaez Subscribe to RSS | March 3rd 2012 | Views:

The photo-taking of a person or group of people is known as portrait photography, which has a focus of capturing the personality, mood, and expression of the subject(s). Some of the most well known and captivating photos that have been taken since it was invented are portraits of everyday people as well as famous figures. Most often the focus point for a portrait is the subject's eyes and face, some of the body, the entire body, and background elements are sometimes included too.

Lighting is probably one of the most important things in all types of photography. In the first days of photography, subjects had to sit near windows or under some other type of light in order to have their photo taken. Today, photographers have much more control over lighting and have access to lighting equipment.

Lighting equipment in studios can be turned in many directions and dimmed or brightened to achieve different results. There are many ways to illuminate a person to create a different mood or create striking shadows. Some photographers, however, prefer to shoot in natural light either from a window or actually outside.

Both amateur and professional photographers can get great photos with only natural light and a reflector or two. White reflectors help to bounce the harsh light and soften it and also help to even out the contrast. These white reflectors are sold in professional photography shops, but even a simple white sheet, fabric remnant, or large piece of white paper will work.

Photography studios are not necessary to capture beautiful and captivating photos. Often, the most stunning portraits are done outside or inside a home or other structure. These types of portraits are commonly known as environmental portraiture and show the subject(s) in their natural environment and surroundings.

Achieving the right lighting can be a bit harder outdoors as there isn't as much control, even with the use of an on-camera flash unit. But by using the natural light that is available, great photos can be taken of people. The optimal times to take natural light portraits are early in the morning and just before the sun sets, as this is the time when the light is most flattering.

There are many portrait styles, with the most popular being a focus on the subject's face and they eyes in particular with the rest being softly out of focus. Other times, the focus may be on someone's hands, feet, or just the eyes with no face showing. Silhouette shots are also popular and are achieved with the photographer standing behind the subject and with a strong source of light.

There are also many approaches to taking portraits, in addition to the environmental type already mentioned. These include candid, creative, and constructionist. Candid photos are the most spontaneous, creative portraits use digital enhancement methods, and constructionist portraits are those that are set up to tell some type of story, such as a happy family or romantic couple- these types of photos are often seen in print ads.

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