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How to create unique portraits!


Portrait Photography or Portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that captures the essences or who they are at that moment in time.   Composition, lighting, Camera setting all play an important role in creating the mode of the portrait.  Also, integral to the image is the expression of your subject or subjects.  They will be main ingredient conveying meaning.   A great portrait photographer needs to be able to elicit various responses and emotions from their client.  Happiness, Sadness, Anger can all be brought out and incorporated into an image. Quite often these images consisting of a heavy emotion make the very best images to convey feeling.  Be sure to capture captivating photographic portraits that depict human emotion

Portrait Photography Styles

Traditional Portrait Photography

Modern Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography Lighting

  • The lighting, that is what separates a “snapshot” from a professional portrait.  If you are just starting out with portraiture your may just want to learn how to first produce a pleasing portrait illumination with soft subtel shadows.  Only after you have master that should you get more creative with your lighting choices.  Controlling light is one of the most important aspects of photogrpahy that you can learn.

Portrait Photography Lenses

  • Canon 85mm f/1.2 USM & Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM 
  • Canon 50mm f/1.2 USM 
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Nikon 105mm f/2 DC Nikkor
  • Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G review
  • Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED review

Capturing emotion in photos is not easy but here are a few ways to create some heart felt emotion in you clients:

  • Engage your client or family member in dialogue; Discuss happy moments, funny moments, sad moments
  • Let you client or family member act out another person or emotion
  • Be sure to have your camera ready and catch those in between moments – when they don’t think you are going to take the picture
  • Be sure you know a little about your client before you start with the session.