About portraits

Photographing people is definitely something I want to explore more. I’m not sure why, but I’m kind of uncomfortable doing it and it’s a shame because I have already seen so many gorgeous portraits in photography blogs and sites.

I did some portraits for my 30 Day Photography Challenge and one to enter a contest with the theme “Black & White Portrait” (see here). Lately I did a few more of family and friends and I decided to share 3 with you today.

Two really patient girls:

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Lens: 70-200mm – Exposure: 1/20 – Aperture: f/2.8 – ISO: 400

Those beautiful young ladies are my two little sisters and were so patient with me while I was doing these shots. For these photos I used my 70-200mm lens and my tripod. I don’t have lights and umbrellas, all the equipment that would have been really useful at the time. So, we did those shots near the window using natural light. While post-processing them I chose to use black & white to give the images a softer touch. It was fun, however shooting indoors without the proper equipment is really challenging (and can be frustrating too)!

Good friend from Portugal:

Lens: 35mm – Exposure: 1/1000 – Aperture: f/2.8 – ISO: 200

I shot this one during the xmas break while I was in Portugal. I went for a walk with some friends and we took some photos together. This one was taken using my 35mm lens, which is much more practical to carry when you’re just hanging out. However, I made a big mistake that day: I set my camera to .JPG (so it would be easier to pass the photos to my friends afterwards) and when I decided to edit this photo I found myself with very limited options! Anyway, I like the final result: especially the light, the colors and the background totally washed out.

If you have tips on portrait photography please feel free to let me know in the comment section, thank you!

7 thoughts on “About portraits”

  1. I feel the same way about portraits! It makes me feel awkward to stare at a persons face for that long and trying to sort of navigate them or maybe I just had the wrong models 😉

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    1. I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it. (Btw my friend of the photo has the same name of your turtle 😉 )

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  2. I really enjoy exploring portrait photography as well, but I don’t get practice all that often. I have a couples shoot coming up in March that I’m really excited about though.

    I think one of the toughest obstacles with portrait photography is getting yourself to slow down and not feel as pressured by the subject watching and waiting. With still life I can take all the time in the world and I never feel rushed because inanimate objects don’t get bored or frustrated. It really helps to joke and keep the conversation flowing thought while you adjust setting and look for the perfect shot. I’ve found that it helps to show them the back of the camera and keep them in the loop with one you are trying to portray too.

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    1. Exactly, there’s always that fear that they can get bored or impatient with you! To keep talking and directing them through the session seems to be the best solution, thank you!

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  3. oh you bet! shooting indoors without the right equipment is a pain in the ass! A friend of mine gave me a nice tip about portrait photography: more than giving directions..the best thing is creating a story..

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