WHAT IS A PORTRAIT/PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY?
A portrait is a captured image of an individual that displays the likeness of the person and makes predominant the facial expressions. A portrait is most times confused with the word “picture”. The word picture can be used to describe a portrait, but a portrait is not just a picture. Portrait photography is just one of the forms of other types of photography; it aims to give emphasis to the emotional expression of the person.
TYPES OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
There are different techniques for portrait photography since there are different facial expressions, and various elements of the body can throw more light to facial expressions such as the hands, eyes or parts of the subject’s torso. Based on this analysis some of the styles are outlined below:
- Classical Portrait; in this form of photography, the face is dominant element. The aim of the photograph is to describe the visual representation of that person. It captures up to two-thirds of the individual’s
- Environmental portrait: here the environment of the subject is achieved to lay emphasis on the unusual nature of the subject.
- Candid Portrait: this photograph is taken without the prior knowledge of the Thus there is no opportunity for setting posture and position. The picture is captured at the moment.
- Glamor Portrait: this form of portrait photography is often used in the fashion world, mostly to highlight the body features of the subject.
- Lifestyle Portrait: this picture portrays the lifestyle of the subject, it is usually a combination of candid portrait and environmental portrait.
BEST CAMERAS FOR PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
A good photographer can use any camera to do his/her job, but some specific ones have been known to give good shots in portrait photography. The best camera for this form of photography should have the following features:
- It should have enough room to crop images
- It should have a high resolution capable of using different lenses to create a shallow depth of field
- It should be able to control the lights in a portrait studio
- It should have a wide aperture to blur the background and keep the focus on the subject.
- It should have the ability to connect to a laptop to review pictures.
USES OF PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHS
Different persons use their portrait photos in ways that suit their desires. These are some of the ways portrait images are employed in the modern world:
1) Family/ Work Group Portraits in Offices: individuals now have their family portraits on their work tables. This action most times are taken to keep their loved ones in their memories, to indirectly inform friends most especially of the opposite sex that they are happily married with children, this happens when the subject is more exposed to members of his/her opposite sex.
2) Portraits on Pendants: the pictures of loved ones are inserted in decorations used on necklaces.
3) Designs on souvenirs: wedding ceremonies in some parts of the world require the couple to give memories to their guests, most times portraits of the couple are used to make designs on the souvenirs to make it more memorable.