I reckon portrait photography is one of the most popular areas in photography. It is not without its challenges but once you understand the basic principles, you are well on your way to taking some great images.
One of the big misconceptions is that you need to own a lot of expensive equipment to capture good portraits. This is not true, and you can easily work with what you have around the house and still achieve outstanding results. Desk lamps, phones, torches and you can use cardboard and alfoil to make a reflector. A little knowledge, a little imagination and you are away. A great activity the whole family can join in.
The image in this blog is from one of our students, Vanessa Nelson
Here is Vanessa’s description of what she did:
“I only had one flash and I wanted to maximise its use. I pointed the flash to the ceiling, set it on manual mode, 50mm at 1/8 power. I asked Phillip to wear his hat so that the flash would light it but the brim of the hat shadowed his face. I placed a silver reflector at his feet and asked him to lean forward while placing his chin between his thumb and pointer. I managed to get the catch lights in his eyes and put light into his face by using the reflector. The only post production was to crop and change to black and white”
Good job Vanessa, you have captured a great image and thanks for sharing.
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Module 8 of our Diploma of Digital Photography course introduces students to the art of portrait photography. It is a specialised field and for very good reason. Although in essence we apply the same principles as we do with other types of photography, getting the light and angles just right is crucial. You do not have the flexibility that you have with some other subjects.
This great image was taken by Diploma Student Vicki Potocnic in her lounge room using two soft studio lights positioned on either side of her subject. Once Vicki had the image she was happy with, she finished it off in Photoshop with adjustment layers to alter tones, a little burn and the final was a filter from Adobe effects to get the colour tone and texture.
We all strive with Portrait photography to capture the essence of our subject and “tell their story”. Great job Vicki, and thank you for allowing us to share your image.
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The challenge when taking portrait images is to capture an image that tells the person’s story. This image does exactly that. The setting, posing, perspective and lighting combine perfectly to capture and tell a great story. Well done Keith! Thankyou for giving us the opportunity to share this image. Canon 6d f/4.5 1/250 ISO400
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Portrait images are all about capturing the essence of your subject. Sarah has done exactly that in this natural light portrait image (Module 8 – Task 2). With subtle lighting, Sarah has two catchlights bringing her subject to life. Great work Sarah! Thanks for sharing this image with us. See a changing sample of our Student Images here.
Canon 650d f/11 1/4 ISO 1600