"So, clearly you're perfecting your food shots, what about those portrait shots you said you were going to work on?" -Viv
I got called to the table yesterday by my blogger friend Viv (The Eclectic Life). She was spot on, and reminded me of a big gaping hole in my talents as a wannabe photographer. I mentioned long ago that I really need to work on my "people shots." Every time I try to take a picture of a human being, something goes terribly wrong. Although, I think I had at least one success in my picture of Kayla and Sherrife in this post.
But Viv's right. I haven't been working on it. In fact, I've been avoiding practice at all costs. Why is it so hard? Why is it that the beautiful lily or this "tiger fly" (below) is so easy for me to photograph? Nature and food are such willing subjects. They don't pose, they don't primp, they just are and they know that is enough for them when in front of a camera.
So how does one capture a human on camera without them posing and primping? And how do I snap shots without worrying I won't do them justice or will make them uncomfortable? The people in my life are so beautiful and for some reason I can't, for the life of me, figure out how to describe that beauty in an eloquent photograph.
So, I'm asking for tips. Thankfully I'm surrounded by amazing photographers here in blogland, and each of you can impart some nugget of wisdom.
How do you take good pictures of people?
What keeps the subject feeling comfortable and natural instead of staged?