Chapter 11. Portrait Photography


The focus of portrait photography is a person’s face, image, or identity. Whether you’re photographing a formal portrait or an environmental portrait, one person or a couple, if the focus of your image is on the subject’s face, you’re photographing a portrait.

Styling your subject can make a big impact on how he’s perceived, but the emphasis of your image should be on the person in the clothing and not the clothing itself. The same methodology should be applied to photographing subjects on location or with props. Your subject is the primary focus of the image.

The lighting setups included in this chapter are designed ...

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