SOMETHING FOR EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER…REALLY??
That’s right! There should be something in this post and the comments that will follow that will benefit every photographer.
I have found portrait photography to be most difficult! I mean, when I go out to shoot a sunset – I don’t have to worry about getting the perfect facial expression or body pose. No, nature takes care of those details! When someone comes to me for a portrait, dozens of decisions must be made. And in order for your subject to be satisfied, those decisions have to be correct! Inside, outside, beach, park, prop, no prop, unique architecture, beautiful garden, flash, reflectors, head shot, full shot, serious, funny, contemplating, sensical…and that doesn’t even begin to take into consideration the inhibitions of your subject. It’s my job to put them at ease, extract the perfect expression, deciding what that perfect expression should be, placement of background, blurred or in focus, and dozens of other decisions that must be made on the fly! How do you portrait photographers do it??
And what makes matters worse? I’m new to all of this!! That’s right! This blog is all about my “journey into photography.” I haven’t arrived! I don’t know everything…yet! I say “yet” because I’m determined to learn! And that’s where you come into the equation.
This is my 2nd official photo shoot. Well, I guess it really isn’t official because I’m not being paid. But that’s OK, after all it was my idea. And may I say, a very big “Thank You” goes to Marissa for acting as my model for this session.
When I first became interested in portrait photography (even though landscape photography is my passion) I purchased one of those all-in-one editing software packages. You know the ones – where you follow several prompts and, like magic, a beautiful portrait is produced. Well, it never worked that way for me. It seemed like the facial features were always changed – even distorted. So for the past several weeks I’ve been editing everything long hand, using Photoshop Elements. It takes longer, but I have absolute control.
So here’s your connection. I know there are several hundred people who follow this blog, and many others who visit. I invite your comments. I would love to hear constructive ideas as to what may be good and what could definitely be improved. As a photographer, whether a professional or someone who dabbles in the art, I hope you’ll share some of your secrets for portrait success! Even if you’re a casual follower with little or no photography experience, I would love to know if you would be satisfied with this portrait. And if you can’t think of anything to say, well…maybe you’d like to compliment Marissa! She did a great job!
So I’m putting myself out there, and hopefully we can all learn something together. But, please be gentle!