Nick Pecori's picture

Did You Start Out Shooting Portraits?

We all come from different backgrounds in the art & creative world. Did you originally start out shooting portraits right away when you decided to explore photography? Or were you shooting a different genre? Or better yet, did you practice a different art form and how does that influence your style when you take a portrait?

I came from more of a landscape & outdoor/wildlife style, I believe that's why I have a habit of lining up photos as if I was shooting a landscape image. I also have a trick where I take a portrait when my subject least expects it (whenever having a conversation or taking a small break), that's when I find my subjects behaving their most natural selves. Hence a more natural and engaging expression. (an example is in the photo attached.) When shooting wildlife, you have to be ready at any moment, that's where I picked this up.

It's not exactly an advantage or a fault, I just feel it's engraved in my style whenever I go to take a portrait. What about you?

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Andrew Fest's picture

Nope. I went to a fantastic Photo-Tech school in the south and you start with the physics. Portraiture isn't until 2nd or 3rd year, because we all know lighting is very difficult, but I suppose with a few years of "exploring" as you say, one could learn to light very well indeed! Cheers~

P.s. Do you know how to HIDE this Clay Cook mumbo-jumbo? I can't stand pop-ups or...yea...nevermind.

Nick Pecori's picture

There's an X on the top right corner :)

Andrew Fest's picture

Haha, indeed there is. But, I meant how to permanently hide, since I don't care for his work(?)! Perhaps this is something for tech. support. Lol. Cheers~

Andrew Fest's picture

Oh, and nice shot. Not a bad portrait. Not as sharp as I like and the color is a bit 'juicy' for my taste, but nice bokeh too!

Joseph Anthony's picture

Film. I was making short films when a wiser filmmaker suggested I look into photography as there are great books and websites dedicated to understanding light. I suppose staring in film influences an attempt to capture a moment that is otherwise continuing beyond the life of the instant captured.

Kirk Darling's picture

I was painting portraits (or at least starting with that). I moved from painting portraits to photographing them. In my opinion, a photographic portrait is superior as a portrait because viewers have a confidence that the photographic portrait was of a real, breathing human being (even if manipulated), while the painted portrait could be totally a product of the painter's imagination.

Jeff McCollough's picture

I started shooting nonsense and then started doing weddings. Currently I do mostly portraits.

Alberto Coronel's picture

I started with landscapes and product photography.

Tom Lew's picture

I was strictly a video guy.. and one of the first to shoot DSLR video. I worked for Miss Universe (under Trump lol) and shot video content for digital. There was a big photoshoot planned with 3 of the winning beauty queens including Miss Universe herself. At the last minute the guy who was supposed to shoot it quit.. and they said.. hey Tom you have a DSLR can you just do this? So yeah that was my first time shooting portraits and haven't looked back since!

Jeff Carpenter's picture

I started with events and eventually made my way into portraiture. Not dealing with drunk people all the time is definitely what made me make the permanent switch haha!

Lorin Duckman's picture

Started with portraits on the street. Now shoot in a studio. I control the shoot. I use a monitor, tethered. I set the lighting. And then, sometimes I stop the shot and sometimes I don't.