Portraits Emma Lown

I read an article on Digital Photography School titled "Tips for Creating Portraits of Strangers." This is a topic I feel passionate about as I often taken pictures of the people I meet on mission trips and this is the profession of the Master Photographer I previously researched, Esther Havens. In Yasser Alaa Mobarak's intriguing article, he suggests first talking to the people you desire to photograph. When talking with new people, it is important to share with them your purpose for visiting them and your intentions with their photograph. When photographing strangers, Mobarak also points out that it is important to pose your subjects naturally and to focus on capturing candid photos. If the person is comfortable enough, it is suggested that you scope out a new background from the area you are in that encompasses the culture and environment. Incorporating these new aspects into your portraits should overall compliment the subject. Finally, this article has repeatedly shared the importance of kindness and smiling when photographing strangers.

This is a PhotoGrid of the 4 main types of portrait photography. The top left image is a candid photograph of a boy carrying wood. The top right photo is an environmental portrait photograph because the elderly man's surroundings help to tell his story, mainly with the use of other photographs hanging around him. The bottom left photograph is a self-portrait that the photographer probably used the self-timer on her camera and then photoshopped the image to tell a compelling story. Lastly, the image on the bottom right is formal portrait photography because it is a formal picture of a women smiling and the photograph is more serious yet beautiful.
This is a photograph I took of myself using the self-timer on my Canon DSLR. After taking the photo, I edited it using the spot healing brush tool to get rid of the acne and any blemishes in the face. In addition, I adjusted the brightness and contrast of the image in photoshop. I also used the curves setting to adjust color balance as well as the hue and saturation of the image.
This is a photograph I took oh one of my best friends named Bekah. Bekah enjoys posing for pictures and together we enjoy finding intriguing and interesting scenery for her to pose in front of. This photograph is an environmental portrait because the environment surrounding Bekah adds depth to the photo and frames her as she sits on the section of the bridge. To edit this picture, I first used the spot healing tool to eliminate any blemishes from Bekah's skin. Next, I used the clone stamp tool to smooth her hair and parts of her jacket that laid weird. I adjusted the brightness and contrast settings as well as the hue and saturation. I also adjusted the vibrance and color levels of the picture and added lighting effects under the render adjustment.
This is a candid portrait of my two friends, Bekah and Kesha. As I was taking the picture, my friends and I couldn't stop laughing and we were having a lot of fun exploring. I edited this picture in photoshop by adjusting the image's brightness and contrast, vibrance, and hue and saturation levels. I also masked the photo to change its lighting and to enhance Kesha's face against the fence. To edit Kesha's face and jacket I used the edit-fill tool and spot healing brush.
This is a formal photograph of my beautiful friend, Bekah, as the picture is more serious yet emphasizes her smile and easy-going personality. To edit this photo I used the patch tool to fix a paint blemish on the bridge. I used the spot-healing brush for various places on her face to make her skin and facial features appear perfect. I also adjusted the brightness, contrast, exposure, vibrance and color levels using the curves setting.

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