Who said that the studio portrait photography has to be always conventional and beautiful?Nobody indeed. How to for example capture a hipster that is your own tutor a the the same time and is very strict but on a verge of bursting with laughter, bursting like a pink bubble. What I really like about photography is that you can do whatever you want and take inspiration from whatever you need to. this grotesque portrait and naughty wink came naturally as a rather great sense of humor than religious inspiration. There was a small problem with the halo though. we had to cut it as a perfect circle fro ma paper mache that’s been leftover form an exhibition and mount it to the beauty dish that’s been firing form the back of the subject. Maybe because we had Edward Sharpe’s Man on Fire on mind?
One of my favourite portraitist of all is Mary Ellen Mark an American portrait photographer. She photographed Hollywood actors mainly and often seen on movie sets taking still of main characters. But also she took “few” studio shots among them famous half-body studio portrait of Jeff Bridges when filming ” American heart”. I always wanted […]
Portraits of people on the street – what to look for.
Watch your angle..Bend your knees if necessary. Or shoot from above.
I often hear that the best chance for finding an interesting face is on a busy street in a big city and
Best suited for such a project will be prime lens with large maximum aperture, which allows a nice background blur. That is true. But I have taken this portrait in a completely ruined small and disgusting shed far away from busy Dublin City Centre. I just asked this man to pose for me and he agreed.( Lucky me!) I found this shed few days back and was amazed by the fact that the light comes from above from the part of ceiling that suppoposed to be there, but wasn’t existing anymore. I had a Julia Cameron like studio just for myself! With that small difference that she was an elite female photographer. And I am just..: female photographer.
Watch out for the ugly shadows on the face of the model. If possible, use the shade or photograph on cloudy days.
Do not be shy when approaching people. At the beginning is always the hardest. But it pays off.
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