The Secret Ingredients of a Perfect Wide Angle Portrait

Portraiture doesn't always have to feature only the subject. A wide angle portrait can introduce a sense of wonder and drama to your images. This helpful video tutorial will show you some great tips for taking one. 

Coming to you from Katelyn James, this enlightening video shares insights and experiences in creating what she considers the perfect portrait, breaking down the components that contribute to the aesthetic appeal of her work. She emphasizes the importance of understanding why certain images resonate more strongly with us than others. By dissecting the elements of composition, lighting, and posing, James provides viewers with a deeper comprehension of the photographic process. 

James further elaborates on the nuanced aspects of creating a captivating image. She discusses the importance of location, the strategic arrangement of subjects within the frame, and how to effectively utilize natural light to convey emotion and atmosphere. Specifically, her emphasis on secondary lighting illustrates the depth of consideration that goes into every shot. The video underscores the idea that exceptional photography is not just about technical skill but also about the ability to imbue images with intention and narrative. Check out the video above for the full rundown from James.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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