Help - Face portraiture

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Kevin_d50, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. Hi all
    Any good online reading material for doing face portraiture pls?
    Am talking above the shoulders up and then close ups too.

    eg. don't shoot from below into the nostrils etc.

    All help appreciated.
  2. Zachs


    Feb 25, 2006
    Make them feel at ease. Joke with them, smile, make them laugh. Use a long prime. Zooms are very intimidating due to their size. Use that antique glass you have. 85mm primes will perfect if thats what you have.
  3. cheers zach!!! 105mm f/2.8 do the job OK then?
  4. Kevin,

    Since none of the Cafe's portrait shooters have responded to your request, I'll give you a link.
    There should be enough material to keep you busy for a while, but you might want to start off by reading Chapters, 2, 3 & 9 for your specific inquiry.
  5. thank you very much tosh. That seems to be the definitive and most comprehensive guide available out there at the mo then ...
  6. ted, thank you, most certainly will.
  7. Make sure the person is good with makeup, or get a make up artist. If it's a guy make sure they look ok, or else get a make up artist.

    Make sure their hair is good, and make sure the background is ok and the outfit matches and stuff.

    Then try to find some light that's cool, which is the hard part when you're trying to do stuff of just someones face. Guys are more easy with this since you can just get a light across their face and highlight their features. Girls aren't as easy since they like nice and soft light to fill in any creases and imperfections in their face - so you have to hit them more dead on with light - unless they have great makeup on.

    Then get them with a pose. This could be anything from over the shoulders to straight on facing you. This is the easy part, however you can't force them to smile, and you can't really force them to do anything. You can ask, but if they don't do it then, well, the game is almost over.

    The last thing you want is a model with this expression on their face that isn't real, or something like they don't want to be there.
  8. thanks andrew
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