25 / 05 / 2017
‘Faces can hide feelings, but Eyes can’t..!!
I have been doing Photography for quite a while now and during this period many things have interest me. One of such thing is Portrait Photography.
As a Travel/Street Photographer I love to be with people, I admire the eyes of kids with shiny glare, I feel those textures on the face of a old lady, I like the smoke up in the air rising from the beedi of an old man. These things are a part of all the people that I met during my travel journeys across the many parts of India.
Most of the portraits which I have captured are with natural light. What matters while capturing pictures in natural light is the Direction of Light. Moreover, I also give emphasis on Colors. I love colors in my frame, I sometime look for the composite colors. For Example:-If a lady is wearing Orange Costume then I will look for a composite color like Blue as a background of my frame.
How to approach People?
While doing Portrait/People Photography try to capture expressions. You can simply ask the subject (person) or you can take his/her candid portrait. In India 6 out 10 people will allow you to click their photos happily, rest of the people who don’t feel comfortable try to leave them and don’t capture there photographs and invade their privacy.
In 2015, I was in Barsana, UP for capturing the happy mood of Holi, the festival of joy and colors. Me and one of my friends were roaming in the streets of Barsana and there we saw an old lady who had wrinkles on her face and her face was very dramatic. My friend told me to click her photograph, but the old lady warned us not to click her photograph and I didn’t take her call seriously. I started to click her picture and in a fraction of a second she hit me with an iron rod, she came so fast to me that I was not able to see her. That moment I really felt bad though we managed the situation and apologized to her.
In the same year, in July, me and one of my friends visited Taj Mahal, Agra. There we saw a Mexican girl who was a traveler was waving her sari in the air in amazing weather. It appeared to me as she was really happy to be at Taj. The weather was cloudy and Taj Mahal was looking really out of the world. I and my friend approached her for a photograph and she gave us permission with her smiling pretty face. I composed the shot in two minutes, I requested her to cover her face with the sari. I was really happy that the photograph came really well. I was using 16-35mm F/4 L IS USM Canon lens at that time and captured the shot with 35mm Focal length.
Which Lenses are best for Portrait Photography?
I personally use 50mm F/1.8 EF Canon Lens, and 16-35mm F/4 IS L USM Canon Lens for shooting Street Portraits. I will recommend 85mm F/1.8 Canon as one of the cool lens for portraits, I have used this lens in some of my Photographs and the amount of Sharpness and contrast came out really well in the images. If you like to shoot candid shoots then you must go for 70-200mm F/2.8 Lens.