Thursday, June 19, 2014

Challenge - Portraits

Challenge Topic: Portraits

Posting Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Online Background Information:

Additional Tips and Suggestions:
Portrait photography is a specialty that is immediately adopted by many enthusiasts when they get their first digital camera. And why not, if you readily have family members who can serve as subject matter? But portrait photography is a specialty that takes some preparation, knowledge, and practice if you want to advance beyond a “snapshot” skill level. There is a wealth of technical aspects and techniques to consider, so please review the numerous reference links provided above for more details.

Complimentary posing is an art and a science for portrait photographers. Keep in mind that some of the most compelling portraits are the ones that communicate emotion. It is essential to understand how lighting, whether natural or artificial, can flatter your subject. Some focal lengths are pleasing, and some can provide unattractive distortions. Shallow depth of field will emphasize your subject and minimize background distractions. Different strategies are needed based on the quality of light (direct or indirect). A reflector is a very handy tool for bouncing light into shadow areas.

Post-processing techniques also can make or break the overall success of your images. Skin color should be realistic and warm. Wrinkles and blemishes should be minimized but not completely eliminated. Eyes should be sharply focused, but not overly sharp. Whites of eyes and teeth can be lightened in a complimentary manner. If a color format is distracting, consider a black and white conversion to provide additional attention to the subject.

Prepare one to three of your own photographic images that feature portraits. For this assignment, the portraits may be informal or formal. Self-portraits are also permissible. You may use photos from your personal inventory or take new ones for this challenge. It’s your choice.

Please include any information or tips that may be of assistance to other participants (e.g., how you took the images, post-processing details, camera settings, what you learned). If you have more than one blog, please present your challenge photos on only one of them.

The linkup tool will be available the day before the challenge date (July 11) and a couple days thereafter. Don’t forget to set up a calendar reminder for yourself!


  1. Hi, Donna..I have a post ready to publish at 1 am (central) on the 12th but we are going out of town and not sure I'll have wifi service...could you please link my post to your party? I thank you so much.
    xo bj

    1. Donna's resting so I snooped and linked you. Hope no one minds.

    2. Thanks Vee!!! Donna wouldn't mind!

  2. Hello Donna, Thank you once again for hosting the challenge in the midst of your topsy turvy life. I plan to come back and read all these wonderful articles (I made a true confession on my blog.)
    Hope your weekend is ordinary - in the most wonderful sense of the word.

  3. Thank you, Donna, for another monthly photo challenge! I have been praying for you these past couple of days and am hoping to hear that you are doing well post-surgery! Hugs...

  4. Thanks again for hosting especially given

  5. Accckkkk...I didn't finish my thought and off it went! LOL!