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Classic Portrait Photography: One Light Portrait Setup

Dan Eitreim

August 18, 2015

Here are 5 different types of Portrait Photography:

1. Children and Babies

For babies what you see is what you get. You cannot pose them or tell them what expression you want them to hold. For both babies and children they will need to feel happy and comfortable in your company. If the parents are there that will help to relax them. It will also provide them with someone to play with and entertain them. If not have some toys to hand, even sweets anything to help them move around and give you lots of different expressions and poses. The key here is to keep shooting, have plenty of memory cards and batteries to hand and keep going. The ideal pose and expression will happen in a split-second and you better be ready for it. It will make an average shoot into a great one.

2. Pets

Owners will either want photos of their pets on their own, or included with the family. Pet portraiture is similar to children and babies, in that you won’t be able to ask them to pose or hold expressions. Again use toys, treats get them playing with their owners and just as above, keep shooting.

3. Weddings

These tend to be very formal portraits of the bride and groom. The couple will take some time-out of their day to pose for you. The key here is to be prepared, work out your list of shots and locations beforehand. Always have a back-up plan in case the weather goes against you on the day. Most importantly do not waste your client’s time by faffing about.

4. Bands

Portraits of bands is a very popular form of photography. However in order to do it well you need to know your band and the type of music they produce. It is no good taking gritty, black and white shots for a violin quartet. Talk with members of the band; they will have an idea of what they are after if not make some suggestions. When photographing concerts, the lighting will be your greatest challenge. It will be dark, but often with very bright lights such as spotlights or strobes, which will make it hard to find the correct exposure. If you can, try to photograph the band while they are rehearsing this way you can control the light. You can also use this time to plan the shots you want during the concert and work out the exposures you will need.

5. Environmental Portraits

This type of photograph isn’t just about the person in it; it is about the whole scene and what it conveys about the person’s life. They are generally taken with a 35mm lens rather than the classic 50mm. This helps to include a lot more of the surroundings while not distorting the subject too much. It is important to talk with the subject and learn about them, so you can pick the best place and objects to show them off.

Hopefully this guide to 5 types of Portrait Photographs will get you started and give you some ideas for portraits. Remember it doesn’t always have to be the traditional head and shoulders shot.

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