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Common Portrait Photography Styles

Portrait photos capture people in various ways, based on the situation, the purpose of the photograph and the creative vision of the photographer. Let us look at some of the basic styles of portrait photography, and where they are commonly used.

 

Classic Portraits

Classic or traditional portraits are taken as close-ups of the subject’s face, with them looking directly at the camera. These photos are used as head shots for school yearbooks, company brochures and the like. To add variety, part of the person’s body may be included, but the face remains the prominent feature.

 

Glamour Portraits

These kinds of portrait photographs are taken for fashion magazines. The stylish and alluring aspects of the subject’s face and upper body are highlighted by playing with background and lighting.

 

Candid Portraits

Here, the picture is taken without asking the subject to pose, or in some cases, even without their knowledge. There is no advance preparation; the photographer simply waits for the opportune moment to take the shot. Candid portraits make great photographs for travel blogs and while covering events.

 

Lifestyle Portraits

Photographs of happy faces at a family picnic or a couple dancing in each other’s arms are examples of lifestyle portraits. Here, some emotion of the subject(s) is captured to depict their way of life. The food, clothing and editorial industries use lifestyle portraits to positively associate their products with customer lifestyles.

 

Environmental Portraits

Environmental portraits capture the subject in his or her natural surroundings. This style of portrait photography has some similarity with lifestyle portraits. The difference is that the former focuses on the career aspect of the subject’s life, while the latter focuses on the personal aspect. In environmental portraits, the surroundings are used to give more meaning to the photograph.

 

Now that you know the common types of portrait photography, you can experiment with these styles and bring out the uniqueness of each one. For more information and useful tips on portrait photography, visit http://bokehonline.com/blog/2013/04/bokeh-volume-05-is-now-available-for-download-in-your-bokeh-ipad-mag-app/.

 

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5 Essential Wedding Photography Tips

A couple’s wedding day is the most important day of their lives. As a photographer, you need to experience the same sentiment, in order to take the best pictures. Although a wedding is often a large-scale event with plenty of people and noise, don’t let this bother you. With sufficient planning and these 5 essential wedding photography tips, you should be able to do a fabulous job.

1. Arrive Early

It is natural for the bride and groom to be nervous, and their family to be stressed. You must make it your job to put everyone at ease, so that the photos reflect only happy faces. For this, you need to arrive early to plan your shots. Capture the bride getting ready with her hair and make-up, or having a girly conversation with her bridesmaids. Once you have taken a few shots at home, rush to the church before everyone arrives. The bride’s father walking her down the aisle is a moment you cannot afford to miss.

2. Be Spontaneous

The church ceremony goes through quickly, and if you miss any part of it, you won’t get a second chance. If the interiors are not sufficiently lit up, ramp up the light sensitivity (ISO settings) of your camera, since churches do not encourage the use of flash. Switch between wide-angled shots of the entire congregation and close-ups of the bridal entourage and priest as the ceremony progresses.

3. Capture Emotions

Be prepared for special moments like the bride’s father giving her hand to the groom at the altar, or the wedding toast and first dance at the wedding reception. Audience reactions to these moments also make great opportunities for varied emotions. You’re lucky if the bridal couple and their friends goof around a little. These “silly” shots will add color and depth to the wedding album, and make your photography work stand out.

4. Group Shots

You will invariably need to take a few group shots of all the attendees. Use a ladder to give you height, which helps capture a wider frame. Also, everyone will be looking up to you, so you will get clear faces. If you are doing this after the ceremony, arrange the group in front of the church. If it is at the reception, capture some details of the venue as background.

5. It’s All in the Details

Keep an eye out for the small things that make this wedding unique. The bridesmaids’ bouquets, the back of the bride’s dress, children running around, people in intimate discussions, table settings and the music band are just some ideas.

Summary

A great wedding photo album should help anyone relive the big day, even if they did not attend the event. Your pictures must tell a gripping story of the newlyweds’ special day, which they will love and cherish for eternity. For more wedding photography tips, Volume 3 of the Bokeh Photography Magazine is available for the iPad.

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More Wedding Photographer Tips in Bokeh iPad Magazine Vol 3

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More Wedding Photographer Tips in Bokeh iPad Magazine Vol 3

 

Bokeh Photography Effect Tutorial

 

How appropriate our magazine name is Bokeh Magazine. Enjoy the video, let us know what you think below!

Nature Macro Photography

Macro photography is not only about the subject, it’s how you set up your shot so that the images you create are not only natural but it also captures the essence of nature. This particular video shows you how to take water droplets present on a spider web. Simple objects awesome picture!

 

Simple Depth of Field Tutorial

This Video shows you the difference in F stops and what it means to your subjects. Depth of Field is a good way to help your viewers see what’s important to you in your image or what you are trying to focus on in your image.

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