Sometimes when you take a person’s portrait, they may not want to have their picture taken. What are some techniques to keep in your back pocket for when you need to make someone comfortable in front of the camera? In this movie, author Levi Sim discusses tips and tricks for letting your subject relax in front of a camera.
- Most of the people you meet…don't want to really be in photographs.…They're not excited about it.…It's a real struggle for a lot of people to be in a picture.…There's something about standing in front of this black box…that makes people nervous and very uncomfortable.…They've probably had some bad experiences in the past.…So, right now I'd like to share with you some ideas…for helping people both be comfortable…and present themselves most attractively toward the camera.…The first thing you need to do to help people be comfortable…in front of your camera is have your camera ready.…
You need to have the exposure ready to go…and have the settings all set before you ask people…to look at the camera.…When people are looking at the camera…or standing in front of it,…they're kind of on, they're actively trying to be good…in a picture,…and we don't want to waste that effort from them.…It's stressful for a lot of people,…and it takes energy and effort,…and so we should minimize that by having the camera…all ready to go before we tell them to start posing…
- Finding a good spot to make a portrait
- Making great light for a portrait in practically any situation
- What camera settings to use for portraits
- What accessories make portraiture better
- How to talk to help people feel comfortable in a portrait