Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting portraits of a knife-throwing couple, part of Storytelling through Unconventional Portraiture.
- After spending a couple days with the circus…and doing my final edit, I felt pretty happy…with the results that I had.…The style looked good, the selection of…different types of characters, different backgrounds,…different compositions, it all just sort of came together.…But, as most things in life, sometimes…when you think something's finished, it's not really done.…I got a phone call from David and Blaise…who do a knife throwing act at the circus,…and they asked if I would still be available…to come by and do a shoot with them,…and you know, for me, there was absolutely…no way I could turn down somebody saying…they want to throw knives for you on camera.…
It's too amazing of a thing.…So, once I got to the big top, David and Blaise were there.…They hadn't quite gotten ready yet for me.…They had a busy day.…So, David was still in the process of…putting his makeup on, and I took advantage…of this time to start taking some pictures.…As I've done with the clown act and the trapeze act,…and everybody really, I wanted to kind of…
In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart shows how using different types of portrait photography and selecting subjects that visually add to the narrative can tell a full and colorful story.
- Scouting locations
- Posing portraits
- Emphasizing costume or clothing
- Sequencing portraits
- Building a portrait story