This week's photographic super power is how to shoot people's portraits. When it comes to having their picture taken, people can be very self conscious and it requires building of trust to get them to relax and look natural. How to do that?
1. Involve them in the process. Talk with them about what you're planning to do. Ask them what they like about themselves, or what they don't like. Then you can just tailor your shooting around that. Ask them if they have a picture that they like, and study it.
2. Talk to them during the shoot. Small talk makes them feel at ease. Also tell them about the process. Let them what you're doing and why.
3. Give them clear instructions.
4. Show them the pictures when you get a really good one. Share it from the camera itself. Listen to their feedback.
5. Pay close attention to down time. That's when they put their guard down and you can grab a really good candid.
Don't forget our next assignment: "Set." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Set" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Set" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!