Creative photo ideas for July: 06 Shoot environmental portraits
When we talk about portrait photography, you’ll often find us banging on about the importance of focal length, and how longer lenses give a more compressed, flattering perspective.
However, for a very different look and feel, try zooming out to a wider focal length and showing your model as part of the bigger scene. For a real test of your social and photographic skills, why not take it one step further and take the portrait of a stranger using this technique?
Israel-based photographer Guy Cohen did just that for this colourful character portrait. “Three friends and I were on a photography trip in beautiful Romania.
“We wandered the streets of every village, trying to connect with the locals, to learn their life stories and to absorb some of the culture,” he says.
“We met this wonderful lady in Poiana Horea, who invited us over for coffee. She gave us a tour of her house, which is a single room used as a kitchen, bedroom and living room at the same time. No flash was used – the light in the room is natural light coming in from the window.”
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* Step closer when shooting with a wide-angle, so the subject doesn’t get lost in the frame.
* Avoid distortion – don’t place the subject at the edge of the frame with ultra-wide lenses.
* If you’re shooting dimly-lit interiors handheld, use wide apertures and higher ISOs – Guy used f/4.5 and ISO 800 here.
PAGE 1: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 01 Shoot the passage of time
PAGE 2: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 02 Shoot seabirds
PAGE 3: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 03 Shoot dew covered bugs
PAGE 4: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 04 Shoot portraits with backlight
PAGE 5: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 05 Shoot toys as travel props
PAGE 6: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 06 Shoot environmental portraits
PAGE 7: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 07 Add a vignette
PAGE 8: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 08 Shoot a photography hotspot
PAGE 9: Creative Photo Ideas for July – 09 Shoot pictures with water as the main subject
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