Portrait-Scale and setting.
Prior to undertaking the above exercise, I decided to go to a local summer fate to see if I could capture some interesting portraits with the knowledge of the subjects to see how
I would manage.
I did not stick to the rules of the exercise as this was to be a trial run.
The camera was set to aperture priority , with the iso set to 200. white balance set to sunlight.
Here are some of my efforts.
The Book Sellers
Alone in thought
My Daughter and me
I was pleased with some of the results , I like Wild Hair and Mt Daughter and Me. For the exercise Im going to have to follow the instructions of:-
Face cropped in close
Head and Shoulders
Torso, with hands and arms
I have been unable to really start my next course as my camera was away for repairs. In view of this I have had the chance to do a bit of research on different types of portraits.
Across the road from our house is a guy called Andrew Shaylor, he is a very successful photographer as you can see from his website and blog.
One of his books that rally interested me is called Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
The book is full of images of bikers, their machines , sad images from funerals, happy images of families and friends enjoying themselves. There is a great image showing the bikers on their way to a hospital in Manchester to deliver Christmas presents.
The portraits of the guys in the book are gritty, bold but show humour and a sense of loyalty and belonging.
For Mr Shaylor to gain access and the trust of the bikers in order to take such images is a tribute to his skill.
Read the reviews on Amazon and you will see what others think.