PORTRAITS & PEOPLE
Face your fear a few times and you’ll find portrait photography is an incredible way of telling stories about the places you’ve been and the people you’ve met, as well as being a pretty good way of actually meeting people.
Once you’re over that initial hump, portrait and street photography is addictive – here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of the people you meet.
Take your time (and hurry up)
Get eye level
Don’t frame too tightly
Stop and think, though – a frame that contains a face and nothing else will rob your shots of context. If you’re shooting a market stall holder but don’t include any pictures of the actual stall, your story will be that much poorer. Your best bet? Keep smiling, move your feet and take plenty of wide-angle, zoomed in, portrait and landscape shots to give you the best number of options when it comes to editing your shots. Remember, you can always crop in later!
Light is everything
If your subject is dwelling in shadow you’re going to take a tepid, dull-looking image – and that’s if you can shoot at a quick enough shutter speed to even get a decent shot. Pay attention to the natural light in your scene and make sure some of it is hitting your subject directly – don’t be afraid to get people to move into the light if it helps. You might also think about turning on or off nearby electric lights to change how the scene feels. If you’re somewhere without options (or windows), a camera-mounted flash bounced off a ceiling or wall is a great way to lift the shadows out of a scene. Just keep your flash levels under control or you’ll end up with a scene that feels forced.
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