I never did manage to get the rest of my holiday pics up; maybe tonight…

Portrait Photography

Today I took a break from the world of Sys admin to become a portrait photographer by the application of the “you have the most expensive camera therefore you must be astounding at taking pictures” formula. Pfftt little do these people know that when it comes to tech, an empty credit card, a spare few minutes of idle bandwidth and a small degree of interest on my part that i am sold! Especially if it is shiny or has lights. So because i bought a 350D a year ago to replace my old eos camera (that failed me in Rome, fucking thing) i suddenly gained a wealth of knowledge in taking portraits – haha.
Here goes my epic journey….

It started off okay, went bad, i started sweating, people started complaining that they had double chins (like i had anything to do with that?!), the light became poo, people complained, i sweated some more, the light got good and everyone went to lunch, they came back and i shot some more in a less “Austin Powers Yeah Baby” style and more of a “think about what your doing” style, pictures got better, chins got smaller, i stopped sweating and the universe started spinning the right way again (not really).

So what have i learnt about portrait photos?

  • Stand far from your subject and zoom in, it relaxes them (and makes you a harder target to throw things at).
  • Use a tripod if you can.
  • Shoot at their height (not on stairs).
  • Circular polarisers really do get rid of glasses glare.
  • And i think the most important one is not to let them see your shots until you have gone through them and weeded out the crap ones (cause if your gonna be crap, at least you can hide how crap you are).