This is kept number one on the list for a reason. As it is the most significant way to improve environmental portraiture. Photographers, make the mistake of capturing many portraits in tight on the subject’s face. Understand this, tight face shots are beautiful and can be extremely moving in all situations; however, portraits taken outside of a studio or for reasons.
portrait style are great for pictures anywhere.
*Note: This post is not about masking your face, it’s about using square photography to showcase more facets of your face. As a photographer looking to break into the photography biz, square photos are my key to success. The most overlooked photographer in the biz today is the square Photographer. This post is for all of you aspiring photographers out there. The inspiration is all on these photos.
The human eye naturally selects out bright and contrasting objects for this reason. This is one problem that professional photographers don’t have to worry about. Avoid taking practically candid shots with the hope of creating great product for your business. You are competing for the same eyeballs simply by holding a camera to the subject’s face. Other DSLR cameras allow you to auto-focus and center your lens. As long as you have defined a consistent subject you should be able to obtain great images.
Don’t use your camera as a tool for exterior portrait photography. It should be used to accurately report a story and communicate an idea. For a fantastic example check out this article that highlights some great photos taken by wife and husband outdoors with a wide angle lens. Focus on exposing an idea with each shot instead of simply focusing group shots.
simulated event may be more rewarding.
In a “virtual” setting the most common option for a portrait is to have a fan nearby to make the background completely white. This customizable technique creates an environment similar to sitting in a theater amidst the audience creating the “illusion of motion”. This effect causes audiences to ‘purchase’ the subject as being more noticable by the presence of a face.
Photo by mariyam soukha
Sandbox Technique calms the subject moving into a serene pose. The background is then shifted to gray to better portray the surroundings as well as emphasize a pack of puppies playing outside or an oil painting of some farm scene. The pose itself can design a mood for joie de vivre.
Check out this bird’s eye view. Nature almost titillates the soul.
Photo by mohammed bin laden
One of the above shots shows how the framing creates width in the frame for depth and control. Notice the movement of the head, which is controlled by the left and right hand. Whilst maintaining space, the viewer can follow the path of the hair. This creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for the viewer.
Photo by Shams ul Haq
This six-photo sequence gives you a glimpse of how motion can create effects.
Another technique that creates an air of ambiance and at the same time enhances a subject’s presence is to open the curtains to create a flowing movement. Notice the smooth transitions from one scene to the next.
This isolated shot creates an almost dreamlike atmosphere to the one below.
At first glance, an environment that is identical to some of the previous photos may be just unattractive. Take a closer look however and you will notice the elegant nature of the setting.
Have you ever noticed that photos that resemble nature tend to have a different posture when you first view them. The viewer is drawn to a different angle as their interest in the subject awakens.
Another way many photographers exploit this effect is to have their subjects (non model) seated or standing in a rather unattractive and uninteresting pose. In this case they could slope their frame so that the sun rises behind them lending the shot the environment a hazy look.
The same can be done in reverse to show the most dramatic side of the sunset.