This week your challenge is to take a beautiful ‘Portrait’.
With portraiture there are a few things to consider like expression, composition, light, lens, and complimenting colours.
To achieve a connection between the viewer and the photograph the subject needs to be comfortable in front of the camera. The viewer connects with a genuine expression, not a posed, cheesy grin. Spend some time making your model feel at ease.
What is composition about? The purpose of composing an image is to direct the viewer’s eye to where you want them to look. In a portrait this is the eyes. This is where you must also consider your background. Make sure it is void of clutter or anything that may take your attention away from the subject. Use a shallower depth of field to blur the background making the subject stand out from it.
When thinking of light, of course there is natural light using the sun as your source. For a good result have your subject tilt their face slightly upward towards the light source. You can also use studio lighting to create your own light source.
Focal length is very important and has the potential to distort the subject’s face. A longer focal length has a more flattering effect and a shallower depth of field that can help blur distracting backgrounds. An 85mm or 100mm are ideal and wide enough to capture the surrounding scenery with an appropriate distance from the model, while taking a few steps forward, you can achieve beautiful tighter portraits. The 50mm is also great for portrait shots.
Choose clothing, background and tones that compliment each other. If you have access to a colour wheel this will help you select colour that compliment the skin and background of the location, which will make the subject pop.
Now it is time for you to create and share your beautiful ‘Portrait’ photos. Remember this photographic challenge is about trying new things and enjoying it while you do it. Have fun this week and be safe. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.