12 June 2012

Motion and Emotion

Most digital cameras these days are capable of capturing images that are technically sound - they are sharp, correctly exposed with accurate colour. What then are the characteristics that will make one image stand out from the crowd; the image that will capture the viewers attention; the image that makes an impact and tells a story.

One such characteristic is motion. While its relatively easy to pose a static subject and even click a pin-sharp image with your camera bolted firmly on a tripod. But capturing motion in a portrait requires extra planning and lots of practice using slower shutter speeds. The subject can be blurred, the background blurred or even both. One technique is to use shutter speed priority and a shutter speed of about 1/8, 1/15 or 1/30 second and pan with the subject. It takes a lot of trial and error - lots of error! If you get one shot out of 50 or 100 goes give yourself a pat on the back.

If you want to progress one step higher in degrees of difficulty try putting an E before Motion. A successful portrait photographer is part psychologist, part counsellor and is interested in eliciting true human emotion - sadness, happiness, joy, trust, love anger, frustration and so on. Technically accurate images of boring, bland humans with zero emotion may only succeed in getting bat caves excited.

Enter the Fremantle Portrait Prize and win $5000 cash.  Closes ! August 2012 

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