Portrait perfect practice

One area of photography that I am severely lacking practice in is portraiture. Unlike with nature photography you need a willing victim, one that is patient and self-assured, to pose in front of the camera. Once you have such a volunteer you spring and don’t let them go until the both of you are exhausted. ­čÖé This photo session lasted an entire afternoon and we tried out different lighting (natural and artificial), different cameras and I even spent a good amount of time in front of the camera, which is something I think every photographer should do. Once you get get to know with how it feels to be the model, you can better understand and work with your subject to create better experiences. Better photos then come naturally.
I think it is important to note that none of these images were photoshopped. I simply dislike how over the top such images look. They were converted to monochrome and some global brightness adjustments were applied.
Lastly, my thanks go out to Kathrin, who kindly played model for me and allowed me to use her photographs of me for this post.

Ein Bereich der Fotografie, in dem ich nicht so viel Erfahrung habe ist Portr├Ątfotografie. Anders als in der Naturfotografie braucht man jemanden der mitspielt. Jemanden selbstsicheres und mit viel Geduld, um vor der Kamera zu spielen. Wenn man so einen Freiwilligen hat, dann l├Ąsst man nicht los, bis ihr beide schon ersch├Âpft seid. ­čÖé Dieser Fototermin hat den ganzen Nachmittag gedauert und dabei haben wir verschiedene Lichtverh├Ąltnisse (nat├╝rliches und k├╝nstliches Licht), verschiedene Kameras und ich habe auch selber viel Zeit vor der Kamera verbracht. Ich glaube, dass jeder Fotograf und jede Fotografin Zeit vor der Kamera verbringen sollte und damit ein besseres Verst├Ąndnis f├╝r die/den Modell bekommen. Dann kann man ein besseres Erlebnis f├╝r Sie kreieren und die Fotos werden von allein besser.
Es ist mir wichtig zu erw├Ąhnen, dass die Bilder ganz und gar nicht gephotoshoppt waren. Ich mag sowie so nicht den ├╝bergepimpten Stil. Die Bilder waren auf schwarz-weiss konvertiert und bekamen globalen Anpassungen der Helligkeit, sonst nichts.
Ich m├Âchte mich bei Kathrin herzlich bedanken, weil sie Modell f├╝r mich gespielt hat und auch ihre Bilder von mir f├╝r diesen Eintrag freigegeben hat.

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2 thoughts on “Portrait perfect practice

  1. Dear Brad.

    We looked at your and Kathrin┬┤s pictures on your blog.

    The pictures are absolutely impressive!
    They impress with their natrualess !
    Black and white photography is allways limited to the essantials.
    We as parents allways see the beautiful in our children!

    Your pictures really show the naturalness in you.

    We see a lot of jou but also thinking.

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

    We really loved you!!!!!!

    J├╝rgen and Jenny


    1. Thank you very much J├╝rgen and Jenny!

      The pictures turn out much more natural when you don’t feel like you have to pose for the camera. Kathrin and I had a lot of fun playing around during this photo shoot and I think that it shows.

      I am really glad that you like them! I have some more for the next blog post, so be sure to take a look on Sunday ­čÖé


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