Chapter 1. Connect with your Subject

Some cultures believe that a photograph can steal your soul and they might be right since that’s the goal of a great portrait. Nothing is more important to portrait photography than connecting with the person you’re photographing—it’s the foundation of an extraordinary portrait.


HOLY MEN OF NEPALPhotographed in Kathmandu

Establishing your subject’s trust always takes some time. Anything you can do to speed up that process will make you a better photographer. A good portrait photographer is a 15-second psychoanalyst. Why, you ask? Well, that’s generally how long you have to size up your subjects and decide how ...

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