Ap­proach peo ple for more en­gaged por­traits

Get to know your sub­ject – your shots will be all the bet­ter for it

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any peo­ple think you only get nat­u­ral pic­tures if you shoot can­dids, with­out your sub­ject know­ing. I dis­agree: what gives nat­u­ral por­traits is spend­ing time with some­one. Just a few min­utes can get them to re­lax , and as you will have sought per­mis­sion, you can

Mshoot from up close, rather than snap and dash. Peo­ple will of­ten mir­ror you: if you smile, they will smile back, and if you look se­ri­ous they will of­ten copy your ex­pres­sion.

Pre­pare ev­ery­thing on your cam­era be­fore you ap­proach some­one, so you can con­cen­trate on them. I use Con­tin­u­ous-servo AF (AF-C) and move the fo­cus sen­sor over the sub­ject’s eye in the frame for bit­ingly sharp fo­cus. Don’t hide be­hind the cam­era: reg­u­larly move it out of the way so you can re-es­tab­lish eye contact and in­ter­act with your sub­ject. Shoot­ing in this way is more sat­is­fy­ing than steal­ing shots and is a lot less rude!

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