27. MOVE CLOSER

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IT’S BEEN SAID many times over that in order to create more interesting images, move closer to the subject or action. The same applies to portrait photography. We’re pretty comfortable staying at a respectable distance (physically or optically) from our subject; however, zooming in or physically moving closer to your subject also moves the viewer closer to them, capitalizing on the relationship you create between subject and audience, be it a portrait of a daughter for her mother or a Wall Street executive for the readers of an economic periodical.

Getting closer to your subject creates greater intimacy with them (Figure 27.1

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