Monday, 13 April 2015

David Moses - Take Better Portraits - Everything You Think You Know is WRONG!

Well, with regards to portraiture anyway :) I just wanted to grab your attention.

We come to portraiture with a whole set of pre-conceived notions and ideas about what portraiture is and what we want from it. When we think of portraiture we have a few set images in our head that conform to the general idea.

Now, this is understandable. It’s the way our brains are hard wired - we hear something and we think of obvious examples to help us contextualise. It has served us well as human beings - for instance on hearing a sabre tooth tiger roar nearby, we would not stop to consider that it has toothache.

When it comes to portrait photography this manifests itself as the following
  • Fake smile with dead eyes.
  • Everybody stand uncomfortably.
  • Thumbs up.
  • Tongue out.
  • Head back.
  • Eyes wide.
  • Get it over with as quickly as possible.
As a people photographer I have to deal with this on an almost daily basis. I have to teach and educate people to not do the things they always do when someone takes their picture.

There is one thing you can do to make it easier though - TAKE YOUR TIME! Let your subject know that the process will take longer than they have anticipated. It also helps if you are prepared and have some suggestions to make to them about how you want them to be in the picture.

Be prepared, take your time, know what you want to do, unteach your subjects learned behaviour and you will see a massive improvement in the quality of your work.

If you want to learn more about lighting, posing and working with subjects then get in touch for tuition and workshop availability.

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