I’ve always disliked portrait photography to some extent; landscape makes more sense in every way. We see the world side to side; how often do you look up and down (in comparison)? Anyway, this is perhaps the first portrait shot I’ve been proud of in my entire life. And I’ve lived a fair while, looking side to side, hoping to see more of the wide wide world we live in.
This of course isn’t a very meaningful blog post, like most blog posts, but it is a fair comment on a wintry day with not much else to write about. It also leads us to the idea of portrait shots, in the sense that ‘Hey, please can you take some portrait shots of the people at my company?’, to which I will reply ‘No problemo, señor. I may not be Spanish, but I can do that for you.’
Armed with my 50mm lens, it is a literal cinch to do such things, as the light is just so glamorous, so ethereal, so other-worldly that it is almost a pleasure to do so. Not quite a pleasure, because people close their eyes when you close your camera’s shutter, but almost. The best lens for a portrait shoot is in my opinion the 85mm, although I was just told that by someone who knows, so it’s not a heavily researched thing on my part, but I trust them, and helped them, the other day. The shots were great and that man’s portrait now sits on the cover of a some swanky tech magazine. Woo-hoo.
As for you, and today, and portrait versus landscape, consider looking up next time you are standing next to a large building and witness the distortion vertical lines create in your brain. Thankfully, in our architectural photography, we know all about it and with some fancy software and the right lenses, ensure that all the buildings we shoot look A-ok.
Ok, good-bye for now.