Bella Vida by Letty

Portrait Tips ~ Photography

The photos I post are mainly scenic but I do enjoy looking at portraits. When I was a kid I’d play this game where I would look at someone and try to see their beauty. Meaning my eyes acted as filter to emphasize the persons most beautiful qualities and make them stand out. Then I would do the complete opposite and try to find the ugly. Did you ever play this game? It was almost like viewing a completely different person. Yes, I know I have always had an overactive imagination. 🙂

There are two ways to capture a person as subject:
– You can capture them as you perceive them
– Or you can capture them as they perceive themselves

I love photos were I cannot identify the person because they were captured in a way that is so different from my perception. I could stare at photos like these for hours trying to figure out this new side of them. The following are celebrity photos for which I had to do a double take to figure out who the person was. They can all be found on my Pinterest boards.

TIPS for Photographing Portraits

If you have any tips of your own please share them in the comments. I would love to read them.

– Eyes: focus their attention on something outside the field of view of the camera.
The audience is curious and wants to know why and what he’s looking at.

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Mark Wahlberg

What’s so funny outside the frame?

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Gael García Bernal

– Framing: I use this a lot coming from a video camera background.

This photo combines looking away from the camera and using a mirror to frame the subject.

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Jensen Ackles

Windows and Doorways are the easiest frames to find.

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Jodie Foster

Using Patterns to frame the face

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Jill Scott

– Background: let your imagination run wild
I think this shot of Robert Downey Jr. is amazing because it shows the open road behind him. It gives  us a story. He’s been somewhere and he’s going somewhere. love it!

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Robert Downey Jr.

Using colors and shadows in your background to focus on a non centered subject.

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Cameron Diaz

Blurred Background

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Isabella Rossellini

– Change your Angle

The camera is looking up at it’s subject.

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Pam Grier

It can be fun to literally tilt the camera.

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Dennis Hopper, Natalie Wood, and James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause.

I hope you enjoyed these tips and interesting photo finds.  Don’t forget to leave me your photo tips.

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“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” Ansel Adams

“If I saw something in my viewfinder that looked familiar to me, I would do something to shake it up.” Garry Winogrand

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” Edward Steichen

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” Paul Strand


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