Introduction

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

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© Tim Meyer

As we start this second edition, it is clear that some things in photographic technology have changed, but the core components of good portrait photography remain the same. Portrait photography is not about you, your cameras, or your lenses; it is about the subject. The most appealing aspect of portrait photography is its ability to convey to others the person captured by the portrait. The portrait’s great gift has always been presenting likenesses for others to recognize ...

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