About Portrait Photos

Portrait Photography is one of most common forms of photography. Portrait photography, which is also called, more often than not, portraiture, is the art of capturing a subject (in this case, a person or a group of people) in which the face, facial features as well as facial expressions are made predominant.

What photographers aim is to focus on the person’s face. They aim to give emphasis on the face of the person because this will also be the focus or the emphasis of the photograph. This does not mean, however, that the person’s body or even the background will no longer be included. Under portrait photography, these can still be included in the photo by the portrait photographer but again, the focus or the emphasis should be on the person’s face, facial expression and even distinct facial features.

One of the common misconceptions about portraiture photography is that it is but a snapshot or a photograph of a person. This is not true. In portraiture, a composed or “rehearsed” image of a person in a still position is captured. This basically means that the portrait photographer would prep the subject and the subject would have a specific position and angle. Of course, the “rehearsal” and all the details surrounding it should be discussed between the subject and portrait photographer beforehand.

Usually, portraiture involves the subject (again, in this case, the person to be take a photo of) looking directly into the photographer’s camera. In the early days, all of the subjects in portraitures looked into the lens of the photographer’s camera. These days, however, many photographers as well as subjects of these portraitures “experiment.” Many now have portraits wherein they do not directly look at the camera. Some also have distinct angles that they want captures that’s why they sit in a specific position in front of the camera as well. Again, these “new” and recent styles in portrait photography are based on the photographer’s tips and recommendations and more importantly, based on the preference of the subject.

*Text content from Headshot London

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