PictoWriMo Day 20

Today’s theme: Candid Portrait

Getting genuine smiles and expressions from from people are often difficult when your subject see’s the camera. Often they’ll get nervous and shy; when this happens it’s hard to get good portraits. When you come into a room don’t whip out the camera and start shooting like an employee gone postal because you’ll get the faces of horror on every face you see. Instead just walk around and engage with the people, get to know them some. This allows them to get comfortable with you and your presence.

Remember that you are in their space and it’s you that is the alien. Allow them to get involved in their own work. When this happens you’ll be able to discreetly take your shots. Don’t be a bully, if the person says “No thanks” respect them and back off. By getting a few of their friends they may come around and let you get one shot when they feel more comfortable with you.

Being a photographer means you have to be friendly and outgoing, but it also means you have to be discrete and in the background. Finding the balance between these two traits can be difficult but when you get it you will make great pictures.

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About Mark Birks
Professional photographer specializing in fine art photography and portraiture.

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