Portraits of Strangers is a theme that is more varied and interesting. Billions of individuals, each with unique characteristics, similar yet unique expressions. The images that portray the ways, expressions the individuals pose as we begin to dream, express feelings and distant memories that end up within us, the most intense emotions are vivid. Yet many photographers, even among professionals, do not approach (or do so only marginally) in this universe of possibilities of Portraits of Strangers because it requires an additional step that goes beyond the knowledge of the instruments and photographic techniques; a new element not in the sleeve of your new shiny and full frame : interacting with a person.
Portraits of Strangers : Observe
The reasons for avoiding Portraits of Strangers are usually two : the atavistic fear of rejection, receive no for an answer and in the event the contrary, you got an yes, you do not know how to handle a subject, i.e. what to say, how to say; how and if it lay and a whole host of similar concerns that afflict the mind. These distract the photographer many times by the technical aspect with the result of not paying attention to other things such as framing, focus, exposure. To defeat that little voice inside that hinders you, that mantra of “but I do not dare” should be said. Here are some tips that you would give based on experiences those are have collected over the years.
Both the subject and your best friend or a complete stranger, before you; it is always good to have a clearer idea of what you can get. Look at the subject and the surrounding scene trying to pre-visualize how you will frame, what kind of value and exposure you will use, etc.. More things shalt set in advance and the less time you’ll need later : your time and the time of the subject that will be so pleased with the speed and maybe willing to grant some other one. Imagine if you were in front of the camera, while a stranger framed you for making you to stand for endless minutes, turning the car, ducking, changing the settings on the SLR, getting up, changing target and then maybe a cool apology. It is a great feeling! Put yourself in the shoes of the subject.
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Portraits of Strangers : Parts with figures needs to be photographed
Nothing there of apprehensions for having to ask for something unknown and even many times of having to pose another person but the opportunity to concentrate on observing the scene and try to predict the best time to catch a winning image is the key.
The photographed eyes should turned directly towards you, mouth open in a smile. It is enough to lower the camera for a second thought because after you have finished you will see the lost casual glance, which is more natural and true. Other times we incur the error of not properly evaluating the situation before launching with much conviction. The exercise of observing before approaching a person also serves to determine the most appropriate time to approach the subject.