It takes a lot of concentration and skill to be able to work successfully with people in photography. Landscape or nature photography affords you the luxury of time. People don’t. Whether they get fidgety and bored easily or they don’t want to sit there all day and roll with your creative urge, portraits require relationship skills as well as technical skills.
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There are many answers to that question, the most basic of which, is something comfortable! Babies and young children are antsy enough without us forcing them to wear something itchy, tight, unwieldy or hot. Besides comfort, there are many other things to consider when dressing your little angels for portraits.
The Birthday Suit-Newborns and babies have gorgeous skin, and nothing shows off that natural, innocent creature like nakedness. An added bonus for slightly older babies, is that eyes tend to stand out more when they are not overpowered by clothing, and, let’s face it, some of us tend to make our babies look silly in outfits that either don’t fit, or that look more…………………………………
There are many ways that people discuss photographic exposures, and all of them tend to use analogies. One of the easiest to comprehend is the “window” analogy where an exposure should be thought of as the window on a house. The shutters mounted outside of the window are the same as the shutter in the camera body – controlling how long light enters the window. The window itself can be matched up with the aperture or f/stop setting which controls that actual amount of light entering through the window. The person sitting inside of the window can be viewed as the ISO because they will be able to control how sensitive they are to the light coming in through the shutters and the window. They could put sunglasses on, hold a hand to their eyes, or stare boldly into the light and see the image outside in several different ways.
If you are new to photography you have probably only recently learned about the concept known as “bokeh”. It is Japanese in origin and refers to blur or a blurry quality, and in photography it is a very recognizable technique.
Let’s first understand the fundamental differences between soft focus and bokeh. In soft focus photography there is an intentional blurriness added to the subject while the actual edges are retained in sharp focus, but in bokeh it is only an element of the image that is intentionally blurred. Additionally, bokeh tends to emphasize certain points of light in the image as well.