Today we looked at fashion and portrait photography and how differing approaches and styles can effect what we digest as a viewer. Portrait photography is all about the identity of the subject. We can add to or take away from this with how we capture the image and what we include in that image. We can include props which provide context or character, or strip the image down and let the expression or features of the subject do the talking. For this reason, these images can often be some of the most emotional images to view. Portrait images tend to be very natural in comparison to fashion images.
A fashion image can be looked at in much the same way as a portrait, but typically the photographer and a team of stylists or assistants will create the image from top to bottom. These photographs are often arranged with the idea of being glamourous, erotic and dramatic. Often used in advertising, there is a huge market for exciting fashion shots. We also quickly recapped aperture, shutter speed and iso – the three factors which come together to make the triangle of exposure.
I enjoyed looking at portraiture in detail as it is an character of photography which I had not previously paid a great deal of attention to. I have found a real interest in it and feel that the creative aspect of what goes into creating an eye-catching portrait really appeals to my tech-loving side. I am looking forward to experimenting in the studio in the future to see what I can come up with.
Following on from our portrait and fashion photography class, I have discovered and have been studying the works of Andrew Zuckerman, Rankin and Ted Sabarese. These are portrait photographers who work on a number of different subjects, with very varying set-ups and incredibly diverse results. Below are some of their pieces I find most inspiring and am looking to learn from for when it comes to creating my own portrait photographs.