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want to learn portrait photography

I don't have anyone to practice with but my Olympus air is just perfect for selfies... so let me know... not what I look like, no but how I might improve my portrait photography please...
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Re: want to learn portrait photography

Suggest that you look at the work of acknowledged masters of portraiture. Maybe Harry Borden, Nadav Kander and have a look at Sean Tucker’s site. His video about photographing strangers with Gabrielle Motola is highly recommended. Steve McCurry is another, do your own research - enjoy!

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Re: want to learn portrait photography

Another great exponent of portrait photography to look at is Yousuf Karsh, often known as Karsh of Ottawa. His use of lighting to model the sitter's face is masterly.

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Re: want to learn portrait photography

Thanks for those tips.I found a website devoted to Karsh's work, predictably with his own name: https://karsh.org/
It's very impressive in his use of lighting.


I also found Sean Tucker's youtube I am watching the portraits of strangers video at the moment.



I am hoping to learn how to do it. I found bright sun and even LED panels just cast horrible shadows, and make me squint too.

In this picture I'm using a desk lamp reflecting off the wall in front-left and a low energy bulb behind a diffuser on my right. It's not really adequate as even at f/1.8 I needed ISO 1600 to keep a reasonable shutter speed, but then a grain filter was necessary in post processing. That in turn sacrifices sharpness.


I think the little Olympus performed quite well and money would be better spent on lighting equipment than full frame camera gear.
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Re: want to learn portrait photography

My local camera club, sadly long defunct, had a talk once by a portrait photographer who worked exclusively in B&W and used tungsten lighting, i.e. normal incandescent bulbs in reflectors that were on all the time. These he could move into exactly the position he wanted while observing the effect on the subject. This seemed more intuitive than studio flash, whose effect one can only see after the event. Now that incandescent bulbs are so hard to find I suspect that the same could be achieved today with modern LED lighting.

To my shame I can't recall the fellow's name

Harsh lighting is always a problem in portraiture but can sometimes be alleviated by positioning a reflector to fill in the shadows. Another common technique is to shoot in natural light from a window that does not have direct sunlight on it. Thus one side of the face can be well lit with the other thrown into a softer shadow that is not harsh.

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