One of my very favorite types of photography is portraits or head shots. I really enjoy working with the light and posing people to create the best image that I can. Unfortunately I do not get to do it very often so It is constantly like learning for the first time.
I was asked to take “head shots” of our young interns for their future use. For things like Linked-in, or other social medial outlets as well as posting them for other uses.
So the question always becomes how much to you enhance or alter the original image to make the person look as good as they can. Because what happens when you take a picture of someone you in essence freeze time. You can have the time to look at every little blemish and imperfection that a person has. And we all have them.
When in the normal interaction with others we never focus or stare at someone long enough to notice them but with an image we do. It is kind of like taking a landscape image and then in post processing you notice all the power lines running through the image. You can either remove them or keep them and let them detract from the image.
I always struggle with how much is too much. Remove a slight blemish, brighten the eyes, teeth or remove fly away hair. It i all a matter of judgement.
Yet as a photographer I want to present the very best image I can and make the person I am photographing look their very best. So at the end of the day I guess you will have to make the final decision.
I just tried to capture what I saw in the camera and let people enjoy what they see.
That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.