10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

10 ways to drive photography snobs mad

How to annoy photography snobs: 05 No eye contact

The big book of portrait rules says that there should always be eye-contact been the subject and the camera/viewer.

The theory is that we look at a person’s eyes when we talk to them and they draw you into the picture, but it also enables the photo snobs to say ‘great eye-contact’ when stuck for a comment.

Of course it is possible to produce superb images without eye-contact, and even without the eyes being visible. A portrait doesn’t have to show someone’s exact likeness, it can be about the moment, intended to tell a story or convey an emotion.

Looking away from the camera into the distance, for example, can imply deep thought on important issues (so it’s a popular look with politicians), while looking down often communicates shyness or even amusement.

PAGE 1 – How to annoy a photography snob: 01 Blown-out highlights
PAGE 2 – How to annoy a photography snob: 02 Soft images
PAGE 3 – How to annoy a photography snob: 03 Visible noise
PAGE 4 – How to annoy a photography snob: 04 Shooting portraits from below eye-level
PAGE 5 – How to annoy a photography snob: 05 No eye contact
PAGE 6 – How to annoy a photography snob: 06 Colourcasts
PAGE 7 – How to annoy a photography snob: 07 Converging verticals
PAGE 8 – How to annoy a photography snob: 08 Tilting horizons
PAGE 9 – How to annoy a photography snob: 09 Imperfect joins
PAGE 10 – How to annoy a photography snob: 10 Great shots from compact cameras

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