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    I Like to take portrait but as mention ontop...Can share with mi...

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    I found this a particularly interesting read.
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    Good lens judged everything.....but need to take consideration on model's custome, poses, and also environment lighting.....agree? of coz some PS
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    Interesting/attractive subject + environment/atmosphere + lighting + angle + photographer
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    Quote Originally Posted by excelglsi View Post
    I Like to take portrait but as mention ontop...Can share with mi...
    Experience. Time. Knowing the "rules". And then knowing how to break them.

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    For me, a good portraits must show the character, emotion, feeling and expresions of the persons. I dont like pose portrait, since it usually looks artificial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by excelglsi View Post
    I Like to take portrait but as mention ontop...Can share with mi...
    the ability to get your subject to open up to you
    that is more important than your equipment

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    Quote Originally Posted by excelglsi View Post
    I Like to take portrait but as mention ontop...Can share with mi...
    This is an ambiguous question as there are many "kind" of portraits. I was trained in formal protraiture by a portrait master whereby the picture is governed by a set of rules that cannot and should not be broken. It dictates how a subject should sit, stand, place his hands, where to look, how to light etc. By that standard, any other kind of portraits are either snashots or "pictorial", or not "true portrait". Examples of this are portraits on the official portraits of the Queen of England, royalties etc.

    Then there are "environmental portraits" which includes the background, tools, wardrobe which suggest the occupation of the subject.

    Then there are others whereby the photographer communicate with the subject so the latter opens up and reveal a side of himself/herself which is true. Such protraits captures the "essence" or "character" of a portrait, i.e. by looking at the picture, a viewer can almost accurately guess the subject's temperament, mood or character.

    Believe it or not, a portrait can also be an inanimate object whereby the purpose is to showcase certain qualities/features of a product.

    Perhaps not the last and definitely not the least, there are the "illusionary portrait" whereby a photographer attempt to "create" rather than "capture", i.e. through a combination of teamwirk with various crew members, the photographer "create" an image for the subject so that a particularly desirable character, which may or not not be the subject's own, is projected upon the viewer. Most CD covers, celebrity protraits etc belongs in this category. this is also the category I thrived in and based my businesses on.

    So my question to you is, what is your interest and what do you want to achieve?
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    Try this link. It's good for newbies like myself.

    http://www.anandtech.com/digitalcame...oc.aspx?i=2323

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