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All photos by Malea Blackburn. Used with permission.

When it comes to portraiture, photographer Malea Blackburn believes that film is the best medium you can work with–and she has quite the portfolio to back up that statement. Malea finds that digital is okay, but film brings forth even more raw emotion in the images. Additionally, one needs to be much more careful and exacting when they shoot a film portrait–which then translates into more interactivity between the photographer and the subject. Eventually this interpersonal relationship is conveyed through the images.

But what’s even more fascinating is what Malea does with the subject beforehand to make sure that they have the right chemistry on camera together. Be sure to also check out Malea on Instagram and Twitter.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Composing portrait images with a 50mm lens not only has to do with the normal composition rules, but also with elements of a person’s body. For example, they always say that you should focus on the eyes, and the folks at Weekly Imogen seem to agree. Their first tip has to do with specific face placement. They state that the eyes should be in the upper third area of the image because of the natural way that it draws a viewer in and lets them explore the rest of the image.

Imogen also says that using natural frames helps. The rest of the video on the perfect composition of portrait images with a 50mm lens is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Peak Design Slide Camera Strap review product photos (6 of 6)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

Editor’s Note: This post was originally submitted to R/Photography on Reddit by Luke Appleby. It is being used here with permission from Luke.

  • The shooting angle is too low. Generally, the lens should be above your eye level for a more flattering photo. Here’s a pretty dramatic example. Either hold the camera little higher (if it’s a selfie), ask the photographer to hold the camera a little higher, find a taller friend to shoot the photo, or bend your knees a little to even the odds. Also, tilt your chin down a little (but not too far) – no one wants to see what’s up your nose.

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All images by German Roque. Used with permission

German Roque is a 27 year old New Orleans, LA-based portrait photographer who, through his photography, demonstrates incredible relationships with his subjects. Any portrait photographer will tell you how important this is: from senior portraits to film shooters. German not only does this, but balances out the technical aspects through his incredible and creative use of lighting and shadows to tell stories about people and make them look their best.

Most of all though, German is all about developing a rapport with his portrait subject before the shooting even begins. And as some photojournalists will tell you, trust is the biggest part of any photographer’s work.

But it wasn’t always that way: German started out photographing cars just for fun.

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All images by Jason Arber. Used with permission.

Photographer Jason Arber spent a number of years as a print designer mostly creating record sleeves, including a limited edition boxset of Oasis singles in the shape of a cigarette box (and an even rarer version in the shape of a Vox amplifier), and a limited edition metal box version of Janet Jackson’s Design of a Decade. As the internet era arrived, he migrated into web design, creating sites for the BBC and MTV, and co-founding the hugely popular online design and culture magazine, Pixelsurgeon, with my illustrator and photographer buddy Richie May, who is a frequent collaborator to this day.

He now heads up Phantom Limb–specialising in moving image and photography. He is now represented in the UK as a photographer by Werewolf.

During our recent call for strobist style portraits, Jason reached out to us showcasing a specific project for a fashion label called Persons Unknown. But we also discovered lots more of his excellent and unorthodox portraiture.

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Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Lloyd Bishop shoots portraits and has also done behind the scenes work for many of the popular late night television shows that folks watch. It started with Jimmy Fallon falling in love with his work because of how he can get the shot and capture celebrities during the quiet moments. He did this for a while until he moved on to Late Night with Seth Meyers and the Tonight Show.

Lloyd says that each studio is a new challenge and a new setting but he always knows that he has very limited space to work with. Sometimes he gets two or three minutes with the celebrities and has  to have ideas in mind beforehand. He also states that he’s trying to capture a beautiful moment and not anything elaborate after talking to them and establishing a rapport. He always has backup ideas just in case his initial idea doesn’t seem to work for a portrait.

The video is after the jump.

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