Portrait Photography is quickly becoming enjoyable!
Now here is a disclaimer, I AM NOT A PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER! Although things are looking up… That was kind of a pun… Anyway I have recently taken to portrait photography a little more seriously, and am starting to develop a style that I really like! Lets take a look at what I have been up to!
Of course most of you recognize me as a landscape photographer, and I would call myself that as well. But anyone that wants to know their craft better has to step out of that pesky zone of comfort that is so easy to sit in. For myself, photographing people was way outside of that zone, so what did I have to do? Well I had to take some more photos.
I should mention that I know my camera quite well, and have managed to learn what I need to know in Lightroom and Photoshop, if you are at the early stages of photography be sure to start with my “Photography Basics” course! It should help you get your feet wet.
What I didn’t like about my portraits in the beginning was that I couldn’t produce the results I could see in my head, and that is frustrating! Like Van Gogh cut my ear off frustrating! The light, the poses, the awkwardness I felt in trying to get people to do what I wanted. Trees don’t talk back…. Well usually… So all of the things that I find great about landscape photography I just couldn’t translate to portrait photography. However, sticking with it has started to give me some results!
Here is how I started, I was never happy with what I managed to get, and I cringe at posting these… Not that the models were bad, but I was, so so bad…
Then it progressed slightly. The real problem with portrait photography I found is that light is even MORE important than taking landscapes. In a landscape I can push the limits, but with people you just cant because we all know how people should look in certain light.
Now after a few times I was actually finding a look I kind of liked! I normally like an edgy portrait, doesn’t have to be dirty, but edgy… I am so descriptive….
So after a few attempts, more than you just see here, I was finding a style I really liked. I think that there are a lot of styles of portrait photography that are great, same with landscapes, but the awesome thing about photography is that you get to take the photos that you want to take 😛
Now we are getting somewhere! I am a proud to announce that I enjoy portrait photography! This shoot was the first time I really liked what I was taking. The lighting was great, I had great lines and a large window that was letting in light from an overcast day, I also learned how to bounce a flash which really helped the softer glow.
Of course finding a great editing style really helped me out as well, I will be writing up my full workflow in an upcoming post!
I was actually happy when I shared these ones! Yes I know I am my worst critic, but it’s how I get better ;-D
So finally after many thousands of shots (no joke) I am pleased to announce that I am happy! With these photos… Kind of… Like I said in the beginning I am not a portrait photographer, but I am going to try and close in on being one now! A little bit of patience has paid off. Take a look at some of my favorite photos in the portrait field thus far!
Well if you want some portraits done let me know! Maybe I can catch a bus… Still though I will be planning more chances to grow my early skill in portrait photography!