Suby & Sins House

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What is the essence of Portrait Photography? Maybe it is a memory of a unique moment in time, maybe it is capturing the inner & outer working and "beauty" of your subject(s).

Look at the work of the late Arnold Newman, capturing some of the centuries greatest figures in their everyday element making it his signature style. Never forgetting "a good portrait had first to be a good photograph"

Maybe the essence of a good portrait is ensuring that we capture the everyday mundane making sure there is a story being told to every one who views that image each time it is viewed.

Keep it simple, get complicated, spend hrs, spend 3 minutes on the shoot, but the essence of the image, of that setting, of the person, of the story should be told in the capture. 

Mix it up, come of with novel ideas, recreate already tried and trusted styles, which ever you do, make it your own.



We definitely are still Suby & Sinem - Creative Photographers

"Ars Longa, Vita Brevis"


Liome


What is the essence of Portrait Photography? Maybe it is a memory of a unique moment in time, maybe it is capturing the inner & outer working and "beauty" of your subject(s).

Look at the work of the late Arnold Newman, capturing some of the centuries greatest figures in their everyday element making it his signature style. Never forgetting "a good portrait had first to be a good photograph"

Maybe the essence of a good portrait is ensuring that we capture the everyday mundane making sure there is a story being told to every one who views that image each time it is viewed.

Keep it simple, get complicated, spend hrs, spend 3 minutes on the shoot, but the essence of the image, of that setting, of the person, of the story should be told in the capture. 

Mix it up, come of with novel ideas, recreate already tried and trusted styles, which ever you do, make it your own.



We definitely are still Suby & Sinem - Creative Photographers

"Ars Longa, Vita Brevis"


comments (13)

  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 13 Oct 2008, 04:50
I think for a portrait to be considered good, is a very individual thing. I think most importantly it has to mean something to the person viewing it. It has to touch their heart in some way.

I think some of the most important and best portraits are those that hold the most meaning to someone, whether it is a simple snapshot of their young child seeing a kitten for the first time, or an infant taking it's first bite of peas and carrots, or a professional portrait of the bride on her wedding day. It doesn't have to be a good photograph in that technical sense for it to be a great meaningful portrait.

One of my favorite portraits of my kids was of my 2 younger kids sitting together in a large bucket that was used for storing their toys with all the toys strewn around them on the floor. I had all of about 2 seconds to grab a camera and snap or the moment would have been gone. The light was bad, all I had was a little point and shoot film camera available with a built in flash (No there was no digital then). Thankfully that camera had film in it. Definitely not a "portrait" in that sense. The other favorite of mine is the photo of a grainy Jumbo projection video screen showing my oldest son stepping off the plane and back onto US soil after 15 months in Iraq. Those mean more to me than any other photograph I have ever taken or possessed in my entire life. There are no better portraits in this world to me than those.

Having said that I think this is a beautiful portrait of this lovely woman and I am sure it will mean a great deal to those who know her and love her.
  • navin
  • India
  • 13 Oct 2008, 13:07
This is what I call the stereotype. She looks like the dumb sister of the mail lead in Hindi movies made in the 70s and 80s. With due apologies.
  • sk
  • Switzerland
  • 13 Oct 2008, 13:15
this is nicely lite mate, really like the back lighting which separated the subject from the background. good stuff
  • Padraig
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Oct 2008, 15:28
Well captured I say, I feel comfortable with her, she has a nice relaxed smile adn genuine caring eyes that make me feel like I could easily sit and chat away without even knowing her, something that can't be said too often these days.
  • Ada
  • Candy hills and strawberry fields
  • 14 Oct 2008, 01:56
this is awesome...
  • nigeriandramaqueen
  • United States
  • 14 Oct 2008, 07:04
I absolutely love this in all of its simplicity. Definately advertisement material.
  • Affi
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2008, 04:48
Lurv the lighting in this photograph. Very jolly smile she has. Makes you want to stop and chat with her.
I absolutely agree 100% with Laurie. The portrait has to mean a great deal to you. My best portraits are not the ones taken by professionals but the ones that record the moments i never wish to forget.

I love the lighting on this. the way it subtly gives your model a definition that separates her from the background.
Was she holding the source of light behind her?
Suby & Sinem: Nope, she just stood that way and we thought it was quite a cool position so snapped smile
I like the choice of lighting. well done.
Lovely portrait — pin sharp!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Mark smile
i love the way you have lit this photo.

I have video and camera, my favorite, it has to be stills, all too often in video you miss that special moment as it shoots along with the rest of the frames, a picture you can take a minute or stare for hours and take in all of the image at leisure.

great portrait
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Derek, funny thing is Suby started out with Vidoe 15yrs ago, but found it too long winded. Still once in a while do do some video stuff for the fun of it but Photography still and always will be king smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 16 Dec 2008, 16:39
A good portrait in my book, be it of a stunningly beautiful subject (as here) or the ugliest and cruellest villain imaginable (er, NOT as here), is one that gives the viewer some insight to the character of the subject AT THE TIME THE PHOTO IS TAKEN.

The vilest villain can be touched with sadness at, for example, his mother's funeral. A beautiful women could have hate in her heart for an attack on her child. Capture that and you have the makings of a good portrait.

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