Art of Photography

Usman Ahmed the photographer.

Art Of Photography from Usman Ahmed, Inter National Photographer and Film maker.

Here Usman is discussing his usage of Portraits across a range of genres.

What Is Portrait Photography?

Portrait photography depicts the subjects’ story and personality through a combination of light, shadow, and pose. The eyes are the windows to one’s soul, is the saying. And, mainly, portrait photography is the art of capturing just that: the soul.

The truth is, every good photographer knows how to and when to take a portrait.

What are the different types of portrait photography?

There are many types of portrait photography and genres, styles, techniques and endless debates on which should be considered portrait and which shouldn’t.

Well, it all narrows down to three kinds that you will use or might even want to specialise in. 

Standard Or Traditional Portraits

The whole trick with this type of portrait is intent. Both photographer and subject have intention on composition, environment, and pose to create an image that conveys emotion. 

It can be both in the studio and outdoors. This type of portrait photography encompasses Professional, family, wedding, engagement, boudoir, and others. 

Incognito Portraiture

Unlike the previous one, the subject is unaware of their surroundings in this portrait style. It may be of a person crafting wood, a musician, or anyone performing a task where the photographer can capture a unique pose.

The intention here is for the image to be as natural as it possibly can.

This art style encompasses candid shots, pet portraits, environmental portraits, and more.

To take an excellent incognito portrait, you must first move swiftly and don’t draw attention to yourself. Don’t rush, don’t suggest poses, just let them act natural. 

Artistic Or Experimental 

Last but not least, it is one of my favourite styles. The rule here is to break all previous rules.

You want something new, conceptual, and artistic. Focus on finding new poses, new lighting, and shadows, as well as new angles and focal lengths.

Understanding Light And Shadow

Light and shadow are the heart and soul of your photography. Bear that in mind.

Why? Because without it, your image will look flat and lifeless. Light and shadow add depth and contrast, making your portraits look professional.

Therefore, the earlier you learn it, the better. Soon as you start implementing technics taught in this article, I guarantee your portrait game will look 80% more professional, which means better-paying jobs.

When lighting a face for a portrait, you will have to understand one fundamental that will change how you take a picture. 

Understanding Light.

The first step to mastering portrait photography is knowing how to manipulate lighting to get your desired results.

Generally, light is a vital element in photography as it significantly impacts and determines the images’ depth, texture, and mood.