Photography Week

Photography Week No. 381

The world's best-selling digital photography magazine, Photography Week is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to improve their photography. Every issue we bring you inspirational images, creative ideas, must-try photo projects and in-depth video reviews, plus no-nonsense practical advice on how to get the best from your camera, so you can capture and edit images you can be proud of. Designed specifically for mobile devices, each issue features reader galleries, how-to articles and step-by-step videos that will help you become a better photographer. It's your one-stop shop for all things photographic.

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join the club…

Welcome to the world’s No.1 weekly digital photography magazine. If you’re already a reader, thanks for your continued support and involvement; if you’re new to Photography Week, you’ve come to the right place! In addition to expert advice, brilliant tips and step-by-step tutorials, every issue features interactive galleries of the best new photos, how-to videos on essential shooting and editing techniques, and in-depth reviews of the latest camera kit. But that’s not the whole story. Photography Week is more than a magazine – it’s a community of like-minded people who are passionate about photography. To get involved, just follow any of the links below and share your shots and comments – your photo might even appear on our cover! JOIN THE PHOTOGRAPHY WEEK COMMUNITY AND START SHARING! FACEBOOK http://tiny.cc/7s2zgy TWITTER http://tiny.cc/xt2zgy FLICKR http://tiny.cc/nv2zgy We’re more than just a magazine…

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capture character

When we buy a new camera, the first thing most of us do is shoot portraits of family of friends. Cameras are also dusted off on special occasions like birthday parties, christenings, weddings and Christmas to record the people present. Once our interest in photography grows, we usually want to start taking more serious portraits, and it’s then that most of us are hit with the reality of how tricky it can be to photograph people well. There’s a big difference between taking a quick snap at a party and capturing the true character of a person in a single, compelling image. Portrait photography demands relatively little in terms of technical know-how – the techniques involved are quite simple, and equipment can be kept to a minimum. However, to succeed you must…

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posing guide

Body language is a potent form of non-verbal communication. If a person feels tense, you can usually see it in the way they stand or what they do with their hands; the same applies if they’re relaxed, confident, insecure, aggressive or threatened. Most people find having their portrait taken about as pleasurable as being eaten alive by ants, so they tend to become very ‘wooden’ in front of the camera and don’t really know what to do with themselves. Even if you’re shooting head-and-shoulders portraits, the pose adopted by your subject is important because it will influence how comfortable they feel, and this will show on their face. The worst thing you can do with a nervous subject is expect them to just stand there in front of the camera while you…

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try different poses

1 The initial portrait of this young monk is pretty good, but he doesn’t look particularly relaxed or happy in front of the camera. 2 Asking him to adopt a praying pose adds interest, and gives him something to do with his hands. 3 With his hands behind his neck, the subject is starting to look more relaxed, and the portrait reflects this. 4 Asking the subject to stand behind a post and peer out produces a much more relaxed portrait – now he’s smiling! 5 In this final portrait, the subject is clearly happy, and his boyish character has been captured well. ‘Most people find having their portrait taken about as pleasurable as being eaten alive by ants’…

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lighting for portraiture

The way you light a portrait depends on the ‘look’ you’re trying to capture, and also who your subject is. Generally, if your subject is a woman – especially a young woman – you’ll probably want to produce flattering portraits that make the most of their delicate features. This calls for diffuse lighting to enhance skin complexion and hide blemishes. Daylight is at its softest on cloudy or overcast days. Shooting in the shade in sunny weather, or indoors using light entering through doors or windows, produces similar results. In the studio, a single light fitted with a large softbox produces flattering light. In all cases, your subject should be lit frontally or from a slight angle – you can use reflectors to bounce the light and create more even illumination. With…

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make light work

When you’re shooting portraits on location, you need to make the best use of the available light. Sometimes everything falls into place quickly, but often you have to work a situation hard in order to maximise its potential. These portraits are a good example of how a shoot can quickly evolve according to the light. They were taken inside a house during an impromptu visit to a small tobacco farm in Cuba’s Viñales Valley. 1 FIRST SHOT This first portrait is okay, and gives an indication of the potential the situation offers, but the subject isn’t really engaging with the camera, and the composition is a little too empty. There’s definitely room for improvement. 2 TIGHTER CROP Moving closer to the subject and zooming in to fill the frame produces a much better portrait. The…