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What is Portrait Photography ?


Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
16 May 2013 1:19AM
In a nut shell, a creative collaboration between the photographer and the sitter Smile

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DouglasMorley 4 16 1 Canada
16 May 2013 2:51AM
Quite possibly though, given the sitter's circumstance I don't think that she would have been all that interested in anything other than the immediate needs of her children.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
16 May 2013 3:01AM
I don`t know, I have a fascination for the old style Alphonse Bertillon police mugshots, sure the sitter was hardly ever willing, but even so there is still a collaboration of sorts going on between the two, generating interesting portraits.
keithh e2
10 23.2k 33 Wallis And Futuna
16 May 2013 6:39AM
Mention portraits and immediately the word 'studio' springs up......no reason that it should.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
16 May 2013 4:48PM

Quote:Mention portraits and immediately the word 'studio' springs up......no reason that it should.


http://scan.net.au/scan/journal/display.php?journal_id=67

Smile Smile
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
16 May 2013 5:08PM
I think the association with studios comes from the term, 'sitting for a portrait'.
Would it be fair to say that in the UK, over the last 50years, that generally speaking, portraits have traditionally been taken in studio, and in a formal way?
My actual knowledge about this is limited, hence the question.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
16 May 2013 5:19PM
I think portraiture has always been studio based or location based.

My great grandfather was a street photographer in and around London, today the word street photographer has a totally different meaning.

I was looking at a site the other day that was showing hundreds of American civil war portraits, the vast majority were standing Smile
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
16 May 2013 5:27PM
Care to elaborate Paul, on your the kind of street photography your great grandfather was doing - in contrast with the street photography of today?
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
16 May 2013 5:33PM
He was a portrait photographer, a lot of his stuff included taking random street portraits, usually at popular tourist locations, you don`t see these any more.

These days street shooters call them selves street photographers but really there nothing of the sort, in fact many would tell you a street portrait is not even street photography.
ade_mcfade e2
10 14.8k 216 England
17 May 2013 6:40PM
where does strobist fit ?

kinda like studio lighting

but

outside....
arhb e2
7 2.4k 68 United Kingdom
17 May 2013 7:52PM
Except you might be balancing ambient with flash rather than relying purely on flash.
It all adds up to more portrait possibilities.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
17 May 2013 9:21PM

Quote:where does strobist fit ?

kinda like studio lighting

but

outside....



Same place as everything else, strobist lighting is used both inside and outside, it might be a new word, but its not a new technique, it has been around since the days of flash powder.
ade_mcfade e2
10 14.8k 216 England
17 May 2013 9:49PM
studio = portrait
outside = lifestyle

strobist = ?
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
17 May 2013 10:05PM
A portraits a portrait Smile

Strobist, its just a new fangled word for an old technique.
ade_mcfade e2
10 14.8k 216 England
17 May 2013 10:15PM
apparently not.... cause if you do it outside, it's lifestyle?

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