TAG: portraits


What is a Portrait?


If I am to spend my time looking at a portrait, I will want several things from it: an increase in my knowledge through learning something meaningful to my life about the subject or about existence; an increase in the sense of my own humanity through being transformed by the humanity inherent in the depiction;…


20th Century Photographers – An Interview with Arnold Newman


Below is part of an interview by Grace Schaub that can found in the just published book 20th Century Photographers: Interviews on the Craft, Purpose, and the Passion of Photography. To view examples of Arnold Newman’s work, visit www.arnoldnewman.com. Arnold Newman (1918–2006) was a source of inspiration to generations of photographers. His concepts of symbolic…

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Why do we – and Instagram – like converging lines so much?


Why do our eyes, or our brains, like converging lines pictures so much? If you usually get 50 or so likes for your photos on Instagram, post a converging-lines photo and you’ll get 100. Instagram itself loves converging lines pictures too – many of their suggested users are regular posters of pictures of classic examples….


September – October Photo Contest
Theme: Close Up Photography in Nature


To enter Focal Press’s September – October Photo Contest, please click here. Theme:  Close Up Photography in Nature Inspired by the book: Close Up Photography in Nature Guest Judges – John & Barbara Gerlach Grand Jury Winner: –          A copy of the book Close Up Photography in Nature –          $200 worth of Focal Press books…


July – August Photo Contest
Theme: Faces


To enter Focal Press’s July – August Photo Contest, please click here. Theme: Faces Inspired by the book: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release Guest Judge – Martin Evening Prizes: Grand Jury Winner: – A copy of the book Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers, 2014 Release – $200 worth of Focal Press books of…


Portrait Shoot Preparation – The Four “W” Questions


Generally speaking, getting ready for a portrait shoot involves “what, who, when, and where”— the four “W” questions that are at the heart of so many of the preparations we make in life. Once you can answer them, you’re pretty much good to go. What? The answers to two very different “what” questions are at…

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