Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Camera Looks Both Ways

I photographed this man in India a few years back. Then, as now, travel portraits are still my favorite photographic challenge.

Quick tip: Remember that the camera looks both ways, in picturing the subject, you are also picturing a part of yourself. You are a mirror.

Another quick tip: The eyes are the windows to the soul. Some credit Karsh for that adage, but it actually dates back to the ancient Greeks.

My photograph was originally a color shot (Kodachrome). Being inspired my Karsh of Ottawa's photograph of Ernest Hemingway (who also had a cool beard and textured skin in the Karsh photograph), I converted the image to black and white and did a bit of Photoshop work.

Quick tip: Do a search on Karsh of Ottawa (who I interviewed in 1978) for some portrait inspiration.

For more people photography tips, check out my book, Face to Face.

Explore the light,

You'll also find people tips in many of my apps.

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