The term portrait may refer to Portrait Painting and Portrait Photography both here, the facial expression of the subject is captured by the painter or the photographer. People interested in a career in portrait photography should know the basics of this subject and maintain these guidelines while taking pictures of people.
Portrait photography has many branches; lets learn about them first.
Different types of Portrait Photography:
Portrait photography is further classified under four main sections:
2) Facial Shots
3) Upper Body Shots
4) Environmental Portrait
Professional photographers always try to capture the true self of a person through photography. However, with a camera focusing on the face, people become nervous and make faces that do no represent their real personality or the mood. And the photograph looks artificial.
An expert photographer would follow his own tricks to make the person feel comfortable and relaxed so that the right facial expression is captured. As a photographer you have to make the subject feel easy and not worried about the camera. While taking pictures of professional models, you dont need to worry at all as they are quite trained on how to face the camera. But general
people become very much camera-conscious during photo shoot. Hence, to capture natural photographs, you have to take few snaps without making them aware. You may go through portrait photography tips to know more about such tricks.
Some easy and widely practiced tricks are stated below:
Ask your subject to get ready for a photograph; let them prepare for the snap; and then take a picture. Now as the shutter moves up and down and your subject starts to relax, take few more snaps very fast. This would help you capture their true persona.
Some professionals tell funny jokes while taking pictures to ease up the situation; some ask the subjects to engage in some easy and fun activities and take the snaps when the person is unaware of the camera.
The activities may depend on the age of the subject. For example, if you are taking portrait