This week in our 52 week Photography Challenge, we look into the faces of humanity.
The human face is one of the most compelling photographic subjects to shoot.
In the book "Photographic Psychology : Image and Psych", John Suler gives us the reason why faces are so wonderful to photograph.
It's the single most important visual feature that determines identity, and it makes a powerful impression on one's memory. As highly social creatures, we are constantly assessing our social interactions by tuning into what people are doing with their faces in reaction to us. The variety of ways we communicate with our expressions is no less complex than the variety of ways we think and feel. For these reasons, it isn't surprising that there are more photographs of human faces than anything else, and we never grow tired of them. read more
There are lots of photographic genres or categories that involve the human face. Studio portraiture, candid portraiture and street photography to name a few. The images I have included here are all candid using available light.
I have intentionally included photos of people who are from a range of cultures- except caucasian. You will notice that all of these beautiful people are happy, content and confident. Each one has a sense of dignity that is achieved by having them look at the lens while they continue what they were doing.
'Construction Worker' © Naida Ginnane 2015 Nikon D800, 24-70mm lens f/6.3, 1/250, ISO 100. Singapore relies heavily on foreign workers for construction jobs. I walked my dogs past a group of Indian workers every day for several months before I plucked up the courage to ask if I could take a photo. Later I returned with small prints for the workers to keep and send home to their families, who they had not seen for years. Needless to say, they were extremely grateful.
Unlike street photography, candid portraits usually involve a conversation and permission granted before taking the shot.
Some tips to help you on your way are;
- Spend some time engaging with the potential subject- ask questions about what they are doing before asking for permission to shoot.
- Try to think of ways to thank the subject for their image. Suggestions are
- If you use a DSLR or smartphone, show them the image in the preview screen- they will get a kick out of seeing themselves.
- Before you go out shooting, fill your pockets with small treats from the local shop.
- Use a portable printer to give them an instant copy of their image that they can keep. In poorer countries, this is very much appreciated.
- In heavily touristed places some subjects will expect money, that's ok but I try to avoid giving money if possible.
- Note: unless you have obtained a written media release form you cannot use images of people to sell, market or gain a profit.
Now get out there, make friends with a stranger and take their candid portrait!
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