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Portraiture

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by Geren, Feb 9, 2020.

  1. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Allan and his raison d'etre, Independence for Scotland. Dreams shattered.

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  2. Paul M

    Paul M Well-Known Member

    I have always enjoyed portraiture and spent a number of years, a while ago, shooting images for a local magazine of local celebrities, upcoming bands and certainly would suggest to anyone starting out in this genre that finding willing participants is a much better starting point than trying to coerce unwilling family members.
    I think someone already said collaboration is really important in getting the best from your sitter(s) unless of course you are paying a model in which case you are in charge. I would say the most important thing you can do is research lots of pose ideas from magazines, books especially those on old masters are full of great poses to be borrowed. Unless your sitter is very experienced they will be looking to you for direction. Once the shoot has started I would suggest avoiding keep stopping to look at/show the sitter the images on the camera as this will disrupt the rhythm of the shoot. The only time it is worth doing this is if the session is not going well so you can sit down and discuss and illustrate the issues.
    I would also suggest if possible to avoid getting to technical with lighting etc initially, all the photos below were taken using a hot shoe mounted Speedlite and the camera set on program, or AV, meaning all I had to do was keep a conversation going with the people involved, concentrate on the composition and realising my pre-shoot ideas. As you get more confident with your sitters so you can get more technical with the lighting (although I never did). As already said there are lots of rules but really try not to get to bogged down in them - all the shots below where published in various places and don't really follow perceived wisdom.

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    This was a local band who were doing very well - taken in 2007 it predates iPhone filters etc so the effect was created in PS, think I probably added some lens flare as well. It was used a lot at the time by listing websites and was taken on a Canon 5d with a Speedlite probably set to -1 stop fill.

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    Simon Day shot in the FIFO, Hastings around the same time taken on a Canon 5d with bounced flash from a Speedlite. He was being interviewed straight after and I guess already in character all I had to do was press the shutter.

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    A collaborative shoot with the band Crystal Castles who were at the time the band of the moment. I spent an afternoon with them and we took some images based on their lo-fi image. This is on camera flash fired directly at the subject. They had a shoot with a well know music photographer two days later but chose this image for the cover of their single Vanished.
     
  3. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    On reflection, I'm dubious about dividing photography into "genres". Describing a picture as a portrait or street or a candid seems to me to be very artificial. A picture of a person can be all of these simultaneously or possibly none of them. So: when is a portrait not a portrait?

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  4. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    A portrait is a portrait. A big mountain is a landscape, not a portrait. Photography is not divided into genres, it is identified as belonging to one or more genres, or many.
     
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  5. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    Another one from the studio that I tried a slightly different treatment with

    [​IMG]Baz by Dan, on Flickr
     
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  6. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Think I'd have lost the crumpled stuff behind him.
     
  7. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    Crumpled stuff!? That's his favourite coat :D
    Yes, good point Mike, it did bother me but not until I looked at the shot after it was taken.
     
  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    I disagree. It's a natuural portrait and it is him (along with visible vices). He looks a nice bloke! :) I like the treatment.
     
  9. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    Thanks Kate.
    Hes a smashing guy, good player too. :)
    I tried playing with the colours in photoshop, something I hadn't done before, I'm not very familiar with PS but I'm finding some things that I can just about get my brain around. :)
     
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  10. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Just because it's the 28th September and memories flood back. Eight years ago now. I am still surprised to still be around.

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    By the way, this was for me. You needn't say anything. Just memories.
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2020
  11. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    Just memories or not, a lovely photo of him.
     
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  12. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    That really is a lovely photo Kate :)
     
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  13. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Thank you both.
     
  14. Dan S

    Dan S Well-Known Member

    I watched the episode you mentioned, plus quite a few others. Thanks for the recommendation, it's an excellent series and the photographer one was very good indeed. :)
     
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