Portrait photography can be spectacular. There are a few things to learn before taking portrait photos. These will help you understand the basics of what makes a good portrait. The good thing is that you don’t need a big studio or special equipment to take stunning portrait photographs.
A portrait is taken to define the likeness of a person or people.
A portrait photo doesn’t just capture someone’s physical look, it also captures qualities in a manner that can be pleasant to the eye, this can be shown with striking and unique mannerisms of the subject. A portrait has the ability to show an aspect of the subject’s personality. This can be achieved with simple adjustments in facial expressions. Portrait photography is all about the subtle cues the subject portrays. It’s the photographers job to direct the subject.
It takes an understanding and skill of basic human interaction to be able to take quality portrait photographs. Engaging in a conversation with the subject you are working with, and finding topics of conversation that will spark and interest and a reaction is often necessary. Common ground is a great way to start when building a rapport with the person, the more you know about the person you photograph, the easier it will be to take a great quality shot.
Remember when taking a portrait photograph it’s important for the subject to feel at ease. This way the person’s natural characteristics will come out during conversation. These are the moments that you need to capture in order to create great portrait photographs.