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© 2008 George Garbeck Portraits for young photographers — George Garbeck
© 2008 George Garbeck What is a portrait? A portrait is a picture of a person, especially one showing the face. The person in the picture is called the SUBJECT.
© 2008 George Garbeck The Subject The subject of a portrait can be a person but can also be an animal or even one's self (self-portrait).
© 2008 George Garbeck Multiple Subjects Portraits can be have more than one subject. It's nice when the subjects interact with one another.
© 2008 George Garbeck Snapshot or Portrait? Shooting fast vs. planning things out When you make a portrait you are in control. You decide how to pose your subject, where to pose your subject and what to include. Which picture is a portrait?
© 2008 George Garbeck Portrait or Snapshot?
© 2008 George Garbeck The 2 types of Portraits Candid Posed What’s the difference? Posed Subject knows their picture is being taken Work with subject to create pose Take time to set up lighting, background, etc. Candid Subject often not aware You have to always be looking around you You have react quickly and be lucky Usually shot from a distance
© 2008 George Garbeck Posed vs. Candid Posed or Candid?
© 2008 George Garbeck Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Take the time to compose your picture. Check the background for distracting elements. Always be aware of where the light is coming from. What’s the first rule of photography?
© 2008 George Garbeck Horizontal or Vertical? Decide which way to hold your camera.
© 2008 George Garbeck Lighting is Important Light from different directions makes each picture different. Always be aware of the light with any picture you’re taking. Which lighting makes the girl look best?
© 2008 George Garbeck Lighting is Very Important Flash is often too harsh and puts a stark shadow behind the subject. Direct sunlight can make your subject squint and not look nice.
© 2008 George Garbeck Light Source Professional Photographers use fancy lighting equipment when they shoot portraits.
© 2008 George Garbeck The Best Light Source You have the best light source for taking portraits RIGHT IN YOUR HOME Can you guess what it is? Window Light
© 2008 George Garbeck Positioning your Subject
© 2008 George Garbeck Lighting is Very, Very Important Soft light (the light coming in from a window or indirect sunlight) is often the most flattering light. Photographer: Annie Leibovitz
© 2008 George Garbeck How Much to Show close uphead & shouldersupper bodyfull length
© 2008 George Garbeck Pose your Subject profile (side view) 3 quarter view (both eyes showing) Front view
© 2008 George Garbeck Say “Cheese” Sometimes you want your subject to smile … Sometimes you don’t!
© 2008 George Garbeck Give Them Something to Do Make them feel comfortable so they look natural not stiff. Let them show their individual spirit (happy, playful, serious, sad, grouchy, etc.)
© 2008 George Garbeck Show What They Do Put your subject in a setting that shows who they are, what they like or what work they do.
© 2008 George Garbeck Communicate A good portrait tells a story. It tells you something about the subject. What do these portraits tell you about the subjects? Photographers: Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz
© 2008 George Garbeck Communicate A good portrait tells a story. It tells you something about the subject. What do these portraits tell you about the subject? Photographers: Yousuf Karsh, Steve McCurry
© 2008 George Garbeck Your Future in Photography Photographer: Richard Gheno Young people who continue with digital photography can learn to do creative and amazing things with their portraits!
© 2008 George Garbeck
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