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    SURYARGHYA
    6 Sep 2012 - 4:18 PM

    In portrait photography does the subject always need to look into the lens? What points should keep in mind when shoot in black and white or in color?

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    StuartAt
    StuartAt e2 Member 91032 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    6 Sep 2012 - 7:33 PM

    All depends on the style you are after, I think there are merits in both direct eye contact and also the 'looking away' look. Many portrait photographers like the eye contact as it suggests a connection between the subject and the viewer.

    User_Removed
    6 Sep 2012 - 7:59 PM

    No.

    As a relative newcomer to portrait photography (landscapes, wildlife and still life are my "bags") I am finding that the most important factor in portrait photography is lighting. Even out of doors.

    denton2.jpg

    That one, of model Laura Slater was taken at a John Denton workshop recently.

    SURYARGHYA
    12 Sep 2012 - 5:57 AM

    If only one side of a subject is shown in a pic like this one.. Could it be consider as a portrait?
    sam-0277.jpg

    779HOB
    779HOB  21019 forum posts United Kingdom
    12 Sep 2012 - 6:41 AM


    Quote: If only one side of a subject is shown in a pic like this one.. Could it be consider as a portrait?

    I think so.

    por·trait 
    noun; a likeness of a person, especially of the face, as a painting, drawing, or photograph.

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72231 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Sep 2012 - 10:18 AM

    In my eyes, portrait photography covers a wide spectrum that is based around photographing people.
    It is up to the individual to express themself in a way that they want to, with or without direction of the tog,
    and it is the photographers responsibility to capture this individual expression as well as they possibly can.

    A good understanding of light will always be helpful, as it will help you to direct your subject in posing at the right angle,
    relative to the light direction, whether natural or flash.

    HTH.

    miptog
    miptog  83532 forum posts United Kingdom61 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Sep 2012 - 2:52 PM


    Quote: In portrait photography does the subject always need to look into the lens?


    NO


    Quote: What points should keep in mind when shoot in black and white or in color?

    B&W generally works better if it is high contrast

    Colours should compliment the face rather than distract

    Focus_Man
    Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Sep 2012 - 4:03 PM

    The answer is no but there are occasions when the eye contact between the photographer and the sitter is invaluable.

    ratedkg
    ratedkg  1 United States
    29 Sep 2012 - 5:36 AM


    Quote: No.

    As a relative newcomer to portrait photography (landscapes, wildlife and still life are my "bags") I am finding that the most important factor in portrait photography is lighting. Even out of doors.



    That one, of model Laura Slater was taken at a John Denton workshop recently.

    This is a great shot. I bought a muslin backdrop last year from Aura Backdrop and the design is almost the same. It's good and it's one of my customer's top choices but, of course, the real deal will always different. Wink

    Last Modified By Moderator Team at 29 Sep 2012 - 7:52 AM
    ade_mcfade
    ade_mcfade e2 Member 1014794 forum postsade_mcfade vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2012 - 4:35 PM


    Quote: In portrait photography does the subject always need to look into the lens? What points should keep in mind when shoot in black and white or in color?

    Do both on a shoot. Getting them to look just to the side of the lens is often nice.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315238 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2012 - 4:40 PM


    Quote: In portrait photography does the subject always need to look into the lens? What points should keep in mind when shoot in black and white or in color?

    No not at all, the main thing is to capture them looking natural and at ease.

    hobbo
    hobbo e2 Member 3793 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
    30 Sep 2012 - 5:40 PM

    A number of subjects might be able to have one eye on the lens and the other anywhere else Wink

    Seriously though........I think both looking and not are perfectly acceptable.

    Hobbo

    bigalguitarpicker
    30 Sep 2012 - 10:48 PM


    Quote: A number of subjects might be able to have one eye on the lens and the other anywhere else Wink

    Seriously though........I think both looking and not are perfectly acceptable.

    Hobbo

    ROTFL!SmileSmileWink
    One eye looking at you and one looking for you? GrinGrin

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