Xpert Advice: Less is More – Using Color Effectively in Portraits

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If you look at the work of some of the master portrait photographers, you’ll notice that much of their work tries to keep the use of color very minimal. Why? Portraiture is a type of photography that involves putting an emphasis on a person or thing and when the colors in the scene are very complicated, the scene can be distracting to the viewer. In fact, specific films were developed to create better skin tones and colors for portraiture. Some of the best from Fujifilm were Astia and Fujifilm Pro400H.

So how do you make that happen in-camera?

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Train Full Of Emotions Is a Series of Telling Portraits Shot on a Train

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All images by Skander Khlif. Used with Creative Commons License. 

Choice of location for street photography shooting is extremely important, and Skander Khlif chose to shoot photos on a train. This isn’t necessarily a new concept–loads of photographers do this while commuting. But in this series of street photographs titled, “Train Full Of Emotions,” Skander managed to capture emotions in the eyes and behaviours of travelers in a train departing to Jaipur, India.

Skander moved very close to the people he photographed on the train, and he successfully established the direct eye contact in most of his portrait shots of strangers. He typically employs tight framing resulting in clean composition, drawing the attention to the facial expression and the sparkle of catch-light in the eyes of his subjects.

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Portrait Photographer Tracie Maglosky on Using the New Olympus 25mm f1.2

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All images by Tracie Maglosky. Used with permission.

One of the more exciting announcements to come out of Photokina is the arrival of the new Olympus 25mm f1.2 PRO lens. This surely is a lens that many have been waiting for for a long time and considering the design, it seems very worth it. Olympus went through the trouble of completely redesigning the lens to make only a single element move when it focuses. This ensures that the lens has fast focusing. Surely, you also get the light gathering benefits of f1.2 and weather sealing. With the Four Thirds crop, you’re getting the equivalent of f2.4 on a full frame camera–which means that there is no real reason to stop the lens down when shooting portraits or anything for that matter.

But to get more insight in to how the lens works, we talked to Olympus Visionary Tracie Maglosky about how she’s using it for her work.

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Review: Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS (Sony E Mount, Full Frame)

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There is very little on the market that can truly be compared to the Sony 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G OSS lens; and for that reason it’s truly considered something unique. Very little, if anything at all, even compares to this lens in the mirrorless camera world.

For a little over $1,000 you’re getting a dust and splash resistant lens with quite a zoom range and a fairly compact size. Sure, it’s not an internal zooming lens but it’s still not too bad. On top of that, it’s designed for full frame mirrorless cameras. Considering Sony’s reputation, you can bet that it’s also going to be pretty darn good.

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Gretchen Robinette’s Beautiful Portraits of Afro Punk Festival Goers

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All images by Gretchen Robinette. Used with permission.

Photographer Gretchen Robinette is a hard working photojournalist and music photographer here in NYC; and recently she took to the Afro Punk Festival to photograph many of the festival goers. According to Gretchen, only one man said no to her during the festival. You may already be familiar with her Unlimited Metrocard series, which focuses on street photographs of people on the subway.

We asked her about how she went about doing the portraits, why she chose the people she did, about the equipment, and about the similarities between musicians and festival goers.

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Theik Smith: Dancer Portraits in Black and White (NSFW)

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All images by Theik Smith. Used with permission.

“My lighting style is borne from a mish-mash of influences; movies, comic books, fashion – oh, goodness, I love, love, LOVE Horst P. Horst and Richard Avedon!” says photographer Theik Smith. Theik is based in Brooklyn and is a fight coordinator, writer and photographer. His work is quite interesting with its specific use of lights, darks, and some forms of contrast more or less. It’s almost as if he spotlights certain areas of his photos, reaches out to you, and beckons you to look in a specific spot.

That’s exactly what many artists do–except that Theik finds a way to also create interesting shapes and use figures in visually striking ways.

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Visto: A Nude Exploration of Shadows & Vitality (NSFW)

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All Images By Lovis Ostenrik. Used Under a Creative Commons License

Lovis Ostrenik’s mother, like so many mothers out there, had a nickname for her son – Visto. Years later, when coming up for a name of his photo series – which he dedicated to his mother – he could think of no better name than that affectionate nickname she had called him all those years ago.

“My mum used to call me visto or sometimes even visto batisto. It was just her way of calling me, but some friends picked it up and started using it too. Calling this exhibition VISTO goes hand in hand with dedicating it to her.” He said of the project, which he developed to celebrate the beauty and vitality of the human body.

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These Portraits of One Handed Dambe Fight Club Fighters Are Unreal

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All images by August Udoh. Used Under Creative Commons License

If you are looking for Brad Pitt or Edward Norton you have come to the wrong place, but stick around, because these portraits of Dambe Fight Club fighters are unreal.

Dambe fighting is a type of boxing that originated with the Hausa people of West Africa. It was traditionally fought between butchers, and is uniquely fought with just one hand. August Udoh is a photographer out of Lagos, Nigeria and his series Dambe features some incredible photojournalistic portraits of fighters in a local Dambe fight club.

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