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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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24. The Unwritten Portrait Code

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Having a photographer in the family has has its pros and cons. While traveling down in Mexico I noticed an interesting wall and stopped to take some pictures. My daughter was exasperated while her cousin faked a smile. Later, when I opened this one up, it made me laugh out loud.

Canon 5DMii, 50mm lens, f/3.5

SINCE ITS INVENTION there has been an unwritten code that comes with every camera. That is portrait etiquette instruction that informs the photographer and subject just what to do in order to make your picture turn out all right. While there are those who disregard or discredit the camera’s advice, the majority ...

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