From Photography To Emotions

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by alaios, Apr 3, 2015.

  1. alaios

    alaios TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2013
    Dear all,

    These are shots with just one light source. I am trying to keep my lighting consistent on some of my photo shoots and try to see

    1. what type of emotions would be better for this type of lighting I use

    2. see how I can evoke consistently specific emotions from my subject. So far I have been experimenting with different things but I am trying to build alternatives on the way I approach my subjects. The major problem is always with the subjects that have very low expectations on their selves and I have big time to let them relax.

















    “The fact is that relatively few photographers ever master their medium. Instead they allow the medium to master them and go on an endless squirrel cage chase from new lens to new paper to new developer to new gadget, never staying with one piece of equipment long enough to learn its full capacities, becoming lost in a maze of technical information that is of little or no use since they don’t know what to do with it”
    (written at 1927 by Edward Weston)
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  2. serhan

    serhan TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2011
    Nicely done. I also like the closer shots better.

    Brian Smith had a seminar on portrait psychology, but it was in Miami. On his blog says "Portrait photography is 10% technique and 90% psychology – the most important buttons you push are not on your camera. Learn how to engage your subject and capture the essence of their personality in a single portrait. Miami celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith will share the keys to creating thought-provoking conceptual portraits to lift you portraits to the next level. Find out how to sell your ideas to your subjects and clients and how to improvise and let go of the reigns when it leads to the best shot."

    I watched one of his videos , maybe from B&H, and found it very interesting... You can watch and learn from different photographers. I used to go to National Geographic seminars and they were always very enjoyable to hear how they come up with those images. I see that they also post them online...
  3. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    Virtually everyone who turns up to a portrait session is nervous and as you say many people are in the vicious circle of 1) thinking they dont look good in photos 2) so dont like to have their photo taken 3) so are nervous and tense when their photo is taken 4) which results in them looking bad in photos...but to step one...

    So here are some suggestions of things that work for me. Maybe one or two will work for you.

    I have 2 suggestions to help you get subjects to relax

    1) Use a tripod. The reason is this. The subject tends to get nervous if you point a camera at them. Stop shooting and they will relax. Lift the camera up and they will get self conscious again. Now if your camera is always on a tripod, they dont know when you are going to shoot and they cant be self conscious forever. This set up also leaves you free to spend 90% of the time communicating with the subject and allows you to take a shot at anytime.

    2) I like to use this technique from Peter Hurley - - One because it really works (just show a subject and before and after photo.) Secondly because the position he suggests is inherently uncomfortable and when the subject sees he can get good shots when he feels uncomfortable, he/she will tend to be less nervous about being nervous.
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