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When we think of photographing people, we automatically think of taking a portrait; but not all people photography is portraiture.
A portrait is (according to one dictionary definition), a painting, drawing or photograph of a person, often only the face or a description.
A photographic portrait focuses on the person and attempts to convey an image of what or who the person is, whether physically, or perhaps spiritually or emotionally.
Whereas a portrait is usually of one or perhaps occasionally a small number of people (eg. a family portrait), people can be photographed in other ways, where the focus of attention might not be so strongly on who the person is (or persons are), for example:
A FEW COMMON CONSIDERATIONS IN ALL PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY
The subject can move. If they move fast, a fast shutter speed may be needed to keep the subject in focus (so the photo is not blurred). Because people move, sometimes the photographer needs to work fast before they move away from the camera.
-People Dress Differently
The same person can look different according to the clothing or make up they wear. Similarly, dress and make up can be used to make different people appear alike.
-The subject can be changed.
When you photograph a statue, you can change the time you take the photo, the equipment you use, or the placement of the camera; in fact anything external to the subject can be changed, but the subject (ie. the statue) is always the same. Unlike inert objects (or most landscapes in the short time frame), living subjects (animals and people) can change considerably from moment to moment.
-Peoples Moods can be Uncontrollable
To capture the best portrait of a person you need to have them in an appropriate mood. A person can, for instance, appear happy one day and sad the next. An individual may co-operate with one photographer and not with another. Such considerations can, and probably will, impact upon the final image which the photographer captures.
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