Portrait Photography – Video’s
Ahaan’s Video Showreel
Lavanya’s Video Showreel
A look back at 2014!
It has been a fantastic year since we launched our newborn, children, and maternity studio in New Delhi, India in March 2014.
Grow with me Maternity and Newborn session video’s
Testing the Nikon D810 and the Nikon 200mm f2 lens. Shot with the GoPro Hero 4 Black Camera
Cake Smash – 1 year old boy
Newborn Baby Photography
What is Portrait Photography
Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality, and mood of the subject. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person’s face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included.
Portrait Photography 101
Portrait photography is an art set apart from others. One of the most challenging kinds of photography, portrait photography aims to capture not just general details, but also every emotion and spirit of the model in question. With the right kind of equipment- which need not be too expensive or fancy- portrait photography has an almost magical effect. It is literally all about getting a piece of a person’s soul on camera and showing it to the rest of the world.
Here are some of the most obvious characteristics of portrait photography.
It captures the subject’s personality
Unlike other forms of photography, portrait photography solely focuses on the subject. There is no importance placed on highlighting the background or what the person is wearing. It is all about the persons themselves. Sure, the background and clothes have to have a bit of effort put into to make the overall effect look good, but that is about all that they are necessary for. At the end of the day, portrait photography focuses on capturing raw emotion and getting a sense of the subject’s personality to convey to others. It is natural, easy to be part of and produces extremely satisfying results.
Location is not very important
As mentioned above, background and setting don’t play all that important a role when it comes to portrait photography. Usually taken in a studio setting with a plain background, it is the perfect way to reduce any distraction from the subject. However, it is also possible to introduce backgrounds that reflect the subject’s personality; though this isn’t very common.
Taken from a distance
Instead of taking the photo from very close to the subject (which might distort the subject’s face and result in getting the angle wrong) portrait photography is taken from a certain distance, for a true representation record of the subject’s features.
Lighting is key
The camera’s built-in flash is a wonderful too in general; but when it comes to portrait photography, the lighting needs to be balanced just right. If the scene isn’t brightly lit, shadows in the background might create a distraction, which will certainly take the focus away from the subject. Being solely for the subject, this kind of thing cannot be permitted to happen with portrait photography. In a scenario where the studio isn’t sufficiently lit, photographs need to be taken in natural lighting.
Children’s Portrait Photography
Portrait photography mainly concentrates on the expression and mood of a person. Especially when it comes to children, any expressions can add beauty and cuteness to portrait photography. Whether it is joyful portrait, emotional portrait, angry portrait or any, kids do well compared to matured ones. Their chubby cheeks, sparkling eyes, toothless mouth, rosy lips add beauty to the portrait. Though children’s portrait photography is a challenging one,simple and easy steps can add lot more fun to it.
Time flies and never returns.Portrait photography is one of the best method to cherish the memories of our children because they grow.
Excellent Portraits when it comes to children depends upon infinite number of factors such as approach towards children, settings of camera, location, clothing of kids, background etc.
When it comes to camera settings, Camera should be switched to portrait mode or Aperture Priority mode for some creative control with aperture of f5.6 to eliminate back ground from focus.Shutter speed should be maintained in between 1/200th and 1/500th of a second. Autofocus should be set to single point focusing mode for better precision. It is better to use 70 – 200 mm lens with some real zoom capability. Several shots should be successively fired to get a good picture.
When it comes to location, an apt one for the child to have fun with, relax, refresh, chill and comfortable is a natural and playful outdoor sport especially a park or a ground..It is always good to shoot their natural expressions than forcing them to do. When it comes to background, Colourful background can create wonders when it comes to portrait photography. A child’s attention will not be distracted if he/she is comfortably well dressed. Including the loved ones in the shoot will make tensed kids relaxed.
Eyes are the organs that add beauty to most of the portrait photos when it is related to children. So focussing on eyes adds advantage.
Let us move on to the discussion about the apt time for the portrait photography of children. Any time is perfect for kids if we shoot for natural photos. Apart from that, child’s happiness should reflect in face naturally. No need to tell them to say cheese. Vacation time, birthday parties, play time etc are the most appropriate times for portrait photography for children.
Last but not the least, the most important factor is the attitude of the photographer. Framing expressions of a child in camera lens is a very very challenging task and needs extreme patience. Letting a child involve in his/her world serves the purpose than forcing the child to pose for forced expressions. Having fun with kids while shoot helps a lot.
Children grow fast. Arranging photos of progress of a kid’s growth in an album helps to cherish the memories. “How papa cared, how mamma cared”, all those memories brings smile on our face while leading a stressful busy life.