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Sunday
Apr292012

How to take a great portrait photograph

Making a great portrait can be challenging and fun.  Challenging because you want to capture the personality of the person you are photographing. And fun because it gives you an opportunity to think creatively.

 Diane Arbus, the well-known photographer would confront a person with her camera and intentionally not take a picture for a few minutes.  Her belief was that people would drop their guard and revel more of themselves as time wore on.  The picture above is a good example of that.

Almost the polar opposite of that would be to photograph someone in a captured moment that shows personality.  In this case, the way the blanket is wrapped around her and looseness of the hair adds to the sense that this is an adventurous playful soul.

There are infinite options in between.  Just get out there and play.

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