8 Different Types of Portrait Photography that you should know

17. April 2015 Photography 0


In this post we shall be summarizing the major types of portrait photography.

As per what I researched, there are many styles of portrait photography. I will be trying to summarize few of them here.

TRADITIONAL PORTRAIT

“Face is the focus”

Types of portrait photography

In this type of portrait photography, the object is supposed to look directly at the camera and the focus is on the face.

CANDID PORTRAIT

“Take as it is”

Types of portrait photography

Candid portraits are generally the real and spontaneous images. Here the photographer has not much control on the surroundings and cannot alter the emotions.

 

POSED PORTRAIT

“Intentions have been conveyed”

Posed portraits - Types of portrait photography

Posed portrait means that the photographer has conveyed the intentions to the subject, by words or by action, and there needs to be a change of body position or expression.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT

“At objects own environment”

Types of portrait photography

Environmental portrait means that you are photographing the object in its own environment, where it is comfortable most. Like Engineer at his construction site, farmer in the field etc.

 

FORMAL PORTRAIT

“Object with a formal pose”

Types of portrait photography - Formal portrait

This is a posed portrait, but with a formal touch, prepared for business and other formal occasions.

 

COUPLE PORTRAIT

“Highlighting the relation”

Couple portrait photography

In this type of portrait the emphasis of the photographer is to show the intensity of the relation between the people in the photograph. For ex: The relation of child with his parents.

 

GLAMOUR PORTRAIT

“Highlight the appeal”

Glamour portrait - Types of portrait photography

Taking portrait of the model is the best example of this, where you want to enhance the appeal of the object.

 

 

CLOSE UP PORTRAIT

“Get it close”

Close up portrait - Portrait photography

These are the images that are taken from very close, using zoom or macro lens.

 

 

References:
http://learnmyshot.com/9-fundamental-styles-of-portrait-photography/

Different Types of Portrait Photography

http://www.wildheart.com.au/public_panel/learn_photography_now_page_files/portrait_photography/page8_types_of_portraits.php


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