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Portrait Photography.
captured” their father or child, for example, in a picture. They are referring in part to the image being a true physical likeness, but what they are really saying is that the image also reveals a significant, identifiable part of the subject’s character. The portrait photographer who has never previously met the subject therefore has quite a challenge.
WHEN TO BEGIN TAKING PICTURES
Sometimes your best picture is your first picture, and sometimes it’s the last exposure you make. If the subject is in position, relatively-comfortable and you are ready to shoot, there is usually no reason not to begin right away. Often just getting started is enough to cause a subject to settle down if they are uneasy or tense. You have to use your best judgement in every case. No portrait session should be rushed, but there is no sense taking up your subject’s time in idle chatter while you could be making exposures. There is also no reason for your conversation to cease just because you have started shooting.
If the session seems to be going well, tell your subject; it may provide added confidence that will show in their expression. Drawing a subject out by having
them talk while you are taking pictures will often result in interesting and revealing expressions. Subjects do not have to smile to make a good portrait. A serious or thoughtful expression can often be more revealing of character, and a better portrait.**
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A portrait is simply defined as a likeness of a person, especially of the person’s face. But, the word in general use has deeper connotations. A photographic portrait is understood to be a good quality image that not only captures a person’s physical likeness on film, but also something of the person’s character, generally in a manner that is attractive and pleasing to the subject.

CHARACTER REVELATION
A good portrait will contain at least one element that reveals the subject’s personality, attitude, unique mannerisms or any of the other features or traits that form the individual nature of the person. It will tell us something about the subject. You may have heard someone remark that a particular photographer “really

 

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