Photographing Portraits of People – Photography Tips

So you have a great digital camera and you’re tired of shooting landscapes and sunsets. Now you want to move onto faces and personalities. Good for you! It’s probably the most rewarding subject matter to photograph. And it’s my favorite.

To capture a portrait of someone – to truly capture their personality, isn’t easy. You need to learn some basic posing techniques and you really need to know your camera. Know your camera so you don’t need to be so focused on the technical, but more on the connection between you and your portrait subject.

Now that you’ve decided to explore portraiture, you need to understand the responsibility of a portrait. Being photographed is a very vulnerable experience. We’ve all seen horrible pictures of ourselves, and over time it can make some people feel less of themselves and think they are not ‘photogenic’. When really they have just likely been poorly photographed.

First things first! Make your subject feel comfortable. Find out something about them, ask them questions. Asking about kids or family almost always puts a subject at ease. When you get them thinking about themselves and your questions, they stop thinking about being nervous. And when someone isn’t nervous, you can capture more of their true personality.

I know what you’re thinking. Talking and asking questions is easy, but how do I pose them? My advise is to start simple. Just concentrate of their face. Less to shoot is less to worry about, for both of you. Experiment with head tilt or angle of their face. But always keep their movements small and subtle. And try and get your camera at their eye level. Also find a comfortable distance to them. Close enough to connect, but not too close to intimidate them with your equipment.

Once you feel like you have some nice face shots, then try moving a little further away. See more of their body. Try having them fold their arms, or have them lean against a tree or a wall. People need to feel like they have some safety or an anchor.

The important thing to remember, is to have fun and keep the experience simple and unintimidating for your subject. For more simple tips on posing people for portraits visit this informative site!

How to Take Great Photos of Barcelona, Spain and Choose a Barcelona Photography Course

Barcelona is known as one of the most creative Cities in Europe to visit and live in. There is a compelling blend of ancient (Barcino was the Roman City upon which Barcelona is built) and modern (Barcelona is an important place for tech start ups and Spanish internet entrepreneurs).

Barcelona is also great for photographers and photography. The Barri Gotico (Catalan for Gothic Quarter) is a beautiful mix of narrow streets and unique shops. Because the bright Spanish sun reflects off the warm coloured buildings, the light in the shade in the ‘Calles’ is warmer than other Cities like London; giving a summery feel to photos of Barcelona made there.

Most visitors and tourists will become familiar with La Rambla or ‘the Ramblas’. It’s an old street that joins Placa de Catalunya with the sea (well, the port…). It isn’t a particularly nice place, having been spoiled by rampant tourism and the petty crime that follows.

However, smart photographers will want to check out the ancient Mercat de la Boqueria (the Boqueria Market) half-way up La Rambla. There is a vast array of food on display, and it makes for some of the best photographs in the City.

It is advisable to hire a professional Barcelona private photography guide instead of attending a tour if you want to get the most out of the Market’s varied photographic opportunities. A photography tour guide will usually have too many people to look after his students there.

A photography tour of Barcelona usually includes a visit to the Catedral de Seu (the Barcelona Cathedral) and perhaps the Passeig de Gracia (the best shopping in Barcelona).

Few photography tours visit the peaceful Placa de Felip Neri and most tourists miss this enchanting place. The Placa Sant Felip Neri was featured in an Evanescence video and the excellent art-film Vicky Cristina Barcelona movie.

Barcelona photography courses give visitors the chance to experience Barcelona through the eyes of a resident Barcelona photographer; learning to See, as well as seeing sites that most visitors will miss out on.

Photography classes in Barcelona can also cover everything from people photography in the Raval, to Street photography in the trendy Born area or even Landscape photography in Montjuic or even further afield at Montserrat with private photography tuition.

Barcelona also has several excellent parks, chief among them is the Parc de la Ciutadella near the Port Vell and Barceloneta beach. The W Hotel is one of the coolest of the many hotels in Barcelona, and the park is an easy walk from the hotel.

Those looking to hire a professional photography guide in Barcelona should look on Google for the best options among those offering Barcelona photography courses. Often, the advice given will improve your photography far more than the beautiful location; ensuring an investment is not only fun, but pays dividends even after you have to leave Barcelona.