The art of portraiture

In this shot, I pressed the shutter a millisecond before they started to laugh.

In this shot, I pressed the shutter a millisecond before they started to laugh.

Portraiture in itself is an art. Anyone is capable of taking a good picture, but a truly good photographer consistently takes great portraits. Why you ask? Portraiture is not simply pushing the shutter button on the camera. There is about a multiple things running through my mind when framing a shot, even if it is a shot of one of my children, friends, family etc…

When taking a portrait I always think about:

  1. The rule of thirds
  2. Overall composition
  3. Lighting / shadows
  4. Background
  5. Camera settings (ISO, shutter speed, aperture etc…)
  6. Expressions / Reactions
  7. Pushing the shutter button

The true art of portraiture is in the timing of the shot. I will say just about anything to get a genuine reaction from someone and this is always what makes the shot. I always tell my clients this too so they don’t think I am being obnoxious.

When you tell someone to smile, you always get an awkward look and a weird looking smile. When you make someone smile or laugh, you will get an awesome image every time. With this reaction comes timing. You want to take the shot at the exact moment the subject realises and computes what you just said. This is when you press the shutter button 3 times to capture the entire reaction.

The overall timing does take some practice, but if you are generally a funny outgoing person it does come a little easier.

 

I hope you found this short post informative!

 

 

 

Trying to make a baby laugh is a little tougher, but can be accomplished!

Trying to make a baby laugh is a little tougher, but can be accomplished

 

Posted on May 31, 2014 in Blog

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I am a freelance photographer and web designer / graphic designer with a flair for creativity and a passion for anything digital. I love to learn about new and emerging technologies. I currently reside in cambridge, ontario with my beautiful wife and 2 (mostly well behaved) children.

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