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Portrait photography

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events. Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site to display in the lobby of a business.

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Take candid portraits of your friends as they're going about their business and not paying you any mind. It's the best way to capture the most genuine emotion, expressions and movement.

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Candid of my friend's little brother, a very talented and very chill Cameroonian soccer player

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Photographers and Their 'Selfies"

Photographers are most comfortable positioned behind the camera as it provides them a sense of mystery with the subject. The figure on the right portrays how some photographers may feel when placed in front of the lens, quite exposed and uncomfortable. Just like the 'deer in the headlights' expression on the face of the figure on the right.

Contributed by Vanessa Quilao

Abandoned houses

I've come to find abandoned houses can create the best backdrop and lighting. Plus it's always a great adventure :)

Contributed by Camille Rebecca Wilson

Self Portraits.

Start taking self portraits. They can enhance your photographic ability by a long shot. Shoot a creative or unique self portrait daily or weekly. It allows you to be as dramatic, odd, cheesy, deep or meaningful without having to explain it to another. You know your vision best.

Contributed by Camille Rebecca Wilson

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