The Psychology of Portraiture: Understanding Your Subjects

Pro Tip: When shooting wide open, be sure to exercise proper breathing control to ensure that you keep your subject in focus.

Pro Tip: When shooting wide open, be sure to exercise proper breathing control to ensure that you keep your subject in focus.

Taking a person’s portrait is a back and forth game. It often involves a singular back and forth connection between the photographer and the subject being photographed. In no way can you just expect someone to know what you want in a photo, so it requires a dialogue. This ability to have a dialogue, and the social connection that a photographer can have with a person, is a skill that every portrait photographer needs in order to create stunning portraits. Like in many situations in real life, it’s all about communication. Communicating with your spouse, friends, boss, coworkers, family members is key to create an understanding of any sort.

But in portraiture, one needs to realize that every portrait is a collaborative project. And getting the final results requires an open two way street.


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