Portraits are my favourite form of photography. I love telling stories through photos about people.
A lot of cameras will have a portrait setting. Some will say portrait on the screen menu, others will show a persons head on the camera setting dial or on the screen menu. This is the setting we will be using today. If you do not have it, then just use the auto mode on your camera.
The portrait setting on your camera makes the human subject stand out. It also makes flesh tones and hair look softer. More detail about why that is and how you can change this, will be shown in a later lesson.
TIPS FOR TAKING PORTRAITS
(Make them stand away from the background).
The more distance between the photographer and the subject, the more blurred the background will be.
(Back off from your subject and use your zoom on your camera to get in close).
Posed Portraits: Planning what portraits you would like, what story or feeling you want to convey, and then have some ideas for props poses and face expressions you want to achieve. One thing you will find out though is that planned photo sessions, never go 100% to plan. Don't worry, work with what happens. Some of the best photos can be from happy accidents.
I am not going to tell you any posing rules, I want you to play and experiment.
Unposed Portraits / Natural Portraits: These portraits are more about taking photos of a subject doing there own thing. You might be capturing them playing sports or playing. You may also, set the scene, like a dog with a ball, or a person reading a book, walking along the beach, but you let the subject do what they would do naturally in that situation. You may suggest things from time to time, like a direction to look if their hair is blowing on their face and you don't won't that, or they are looking down and you can't see them, but it will mostly be you moving around to get the right shot, rather than posing the subject to suit you.
Natural portraits and can show off their personality and interests.
EXAMPLES OF POSED PORTRAITS
EXAMPLES OF NATURAL PORTRAITS
Portrait Photo Challenges
Have a go at these portrait photography exercises:
CREATE 3 POSED PHOTOS You control the scene and poses and what story you want to tell.
CREATE 1 THEMED PORTRAIT Choose a theme, it might be a colour, a storybook character, a song, whatever you want. Get some props / costumes together and do a portrait session, then choose your best photo to represent your theme.
Here is a couple of examples:
CREATE 3 NATURAL PORTRAITS Make sure you have permission to take photos of them first. Take 3 natural photos of a subject, trying not to change anything, just capturing what happens,
I would love to see your results!!