When you’re shooting portraits, there’s more to it than ensuring that you direct your subject into the right pose. If you have to shoot portraits that are going to stand the test of time, then this episode is for you.
Gina and Valerie discuss the essential elements of a great portrait and show you what you need to consider to ensure that you capture just the right shot. From location and colour, to clothes and style, you’ll discover how to shoot ideal portraits without lots of fancy equipment.
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“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” — Yves Saint Laurent
“I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.” — Coco Chanel
“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” — Edna Woolman Chase
Classic vs so hot right now. Will your images pass the 10 year test?
Just because it’s popular doesn’t make it good
Find your own style
Stick to classic looks that won’t date as fast
- classic cuts in suits
- t shirts
Colour has a big impact on how someone looks.
E.g. blue/green makes blue eyes pop
Colours and backgrounds date
grey/white/black is classic
Types of props can make an image look classy
E.g. high quality retro suitcases or watches vs cheap balloons
High end = simple, clean, elegant
Low end= flashy, messy
Vogue, vanity fair,GQ – Grey background
Walmart/Kmart – bright, busy
Local mall in front of Walmart can look tacky
Local Mall in front of dark grey wall = classic
Look for simple classic backdrops and avoid props they may date an image. Eg latest iphone or ipad will date in 3 years
Cheap vs Expensive
Sexy vs tacky
Guess and Calvin Klein is sexy
This can be considered tacky
Overdone Instagram filters vs classic retouching
Are you using too many filters/effects to mask poor photography?