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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Craig Johnson

"What Portraiture means to me..."

As a photographer, one of the most rewarding and challenging tasks I face is creating memorable and unique portraits. Capturing a person's likeness for a personal project or for a client requires more than just pointing a camera and pressing the shutter button; it requires a deep understanding of composition, lighting, and the psychology of the subject, as well as the ability to connect with and capture the essence of the person in front of the lens.

I believe that one of the keys to creating unique portraits is to get to know my subject. Whether it's through an in-depth conversation or simply observing their body language and expressions, taking the time to understand who they are and what makes them unique helps me capture their true essence in my photographs.

To truly stand out from the crowd and create something special, I try to be creative and use unusual angles, creative lighting techniques, or find unique locations to shoot in. I also make sure to be confident and decisive in my approach. I don't shy away from taking risks and trying something new – sometimes it's the unexpected shots that end up being the most memorable and impactful.

As a photographer, I have the power to tell a story through my images, and the more unique and compelling that story is, the more powerful and intriguing my portraits will be. By following these tips, I am able to create powerful and intriguing images that leave a lasting impression on my viewers.

10 Tips to create better Portraits:

  1. Get to know your subject: Take the time to understand who they are and what makes them unique. This will help you capture their true essence in your photographs.

  2. Use unusual angles: Try shooting from a low or high angle, or use a wide-angle lens to capture an interesting perspective.

  3. Experiment with lighting: Creative lighting techniques can add depth and dimension to your portraits. Try using natural light, backlighting, or a single light source to create a mood.

  4. Find a unique location: Look for a location that adds interest and tells a story about your subject.

  5. Be confident and decisive: Don't be afraid to take risks and try something new.

  6. Use props: Incorporating props can add interest and tell a story about your subject.

  7. Experiment with composition: Try using leading lines, framing, or negative space to add visual interest to your portraits.

  8. Use facial expressions and body language: Pay attention to your subject's facial expressions and body language to capture their true emotions.

  9. Use color creatively: Consider the color scheme of your portrait and how it can add mood and emotion.

  10. Tell a story: Use your images to tell a unique and compelling story about your subject.

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