Shooting people

I was going through my image collection last week and looking for some shots to post to facebook and it became quite obvious that in general I am not what you would call a “people photographer”. Of the literally thousands of photos that I have in my catalogue there would be no more than a few hundred that are of people (other than family and friends type of shots). The vast majority of my images are landscapes or scenery types.

ISO 6400, F3.8, 1/400sec

ISO 6400, F3.8, 1/400sec

 

 

 

This lady was in a huge market area making lunch for busy shoppers. Everything was clean and fresh and cooked in front of you.

I loved the light shining through a hole in the roof and the way it lit up the steam.

 

 

 

I pondered this idea for a while, trying to come up with an explanation of why no people and in the end I decided that people can just be too hard. With people you have to either lock in stalker mode and creep up and grab shots of them when they are not looking or overcome shyness and stranger-danger and actually engage with them to ask if you can take a photo, an experience that could result in being told no! *eek*ย  Landscapes are much more obliging. Waterfalls just do their watery thing without any concern over how long you take to get it just right. No pressure from a waterfall.

That said though, when I do break out and make an effort to shoot people (either in their own daily environment or in a studio set up) I do rather enjoy the results. So I thought I might share a few of my favourite people shots, just for something different.

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/60sec

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/60sec

This is an awesome bloke I met while shooting in Hughenden, north Queensland. A real bush character. He travelled all over the country selling leathergoods at rural and city agricultural shows.

ISO 320, F5.6, 1/60sec

ISO 320, F5.6, 1/60sec

This lovely young man was at a very poor orphanage in Siem Reap, Cambodia. As a tutor working for Bluedog Photography on a Cambodian photographic tour I had the opportunity to enter this orphanage and donate a heap of much needed food and kitchen equipment. My little friend here saw the camera and “struck a pose” with no prompting from me. A total charmer.

ISO 100, F10, 1/125sec

ISO 100, F10, 1/125sec

During a studio photoshoot at Brisbane Camera Club I captured this gorgeous young model lit from the side so that her hair glows in the light. One of my fave shots from a 2 hour shoot.

ISO 800, F5.6, 1/250sec

ISO 800, F5.6, 1/250sec

Selfie taken for a print for family for Christmas. Figured I may as well throw it inย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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One Response to Shooting people

  1. Kassy says:

    Love Red that backlighting is beautiful and of course no one could go past the selfie a very nice portrait, I will say you are a people person you need to go and shoot them more ๐Ÿ™‚

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