Simple Portraits: You Keep Shooting with Bryan Peterson


Well I find myself here in a small
little forest and what I would call as a spring awakening and I say spring
awakening because the leaves, the new green leaf buds are just starting to
unfold. Hi I’m Bryan Peterson and you are
watching another edition of AdoramaTV. AdoramaTV presents ‘You Keep Shooting’
with Bryan Peterson. Hi I’m Bryan Peterson and I’m in this
little forest area of Flevoland in Holland. F-L-E-V, like Victor, O-Land. Flevoland. It’s a new area in Holland and by new it’s
maybe 20 years old I suppose, meaning it’s reclaimed land from the sea and it
was a really wonderful opportunity for me to take one of my students Camilla
and instead of having her photograph, we’re going to photograph her and it
brings up a really good point. I want you to take a look at some of these
photographs on the screen right now. Here’s some portraits I’ve shot all over the world. Take a look. And one of the things you’ll notice and
I’m often asked about this, is that your portraits seem quite effective, yet
you’re breaking this rule where you’re cutting into the person’s face in terms
of the composition, where I’ve actually gone in and cropped, in camera, so close that we are cutting into the forehead. Now the reason I do that is simply because I
want to have a much more intimate encounter and of course I want the
viewer to also experience that same level of intimacy. Now this is a good example to show you
why I don’t do what I often refer to as the standard studio high school
portrait. Now, as a case and point, 70-300mm lens. I’m zoomed in quite close because I want to fill the frame with Camellia’s head. However, to also emphasize her and her alone, I’m deliberately using an aperture
choice in this case of 6.3, adjusting my shutter speed, I am in
manual with the ISO of 200 at 1/400th of a second, I’m also making a deliberate choice that she’s not in an area where the sun is on her face. So she’s in an area of shade blocked
by the tree. We’re all set, ready to go. Bring your
chin down just a little bit and here is what I refer to as a standard high school portrait. I’m also using some trees in the
background to frame her up and notice that shot. It’s a head to chin, oh excuse me, it’s a top of the head all the way down
just past the chin portrait and this is what I would prefer. Take a look and you
be the judge. A couple of shots there. I think just
getting in a little bit closer makes a much more intimate encounter with
Camellia. Again, you can see those images side-by-side. Study them just for a
little bit longer and again, you be the judge. Both exposures are the same. Composition is the only this that’s changed. Something to think about the next time you’re out shooting simple portraits. Hey, until next time, on behalf of Camellia
and myself, this is Bryan Peterson saying you keep
shooting.

27 Replies to “Simple Portraits: You Keep Shooting with Bryan Peterson”

  1. Great shot , got the idea, it's super.
    I personally would up the ante a bit more with a little off camera flash.
    Great to see you are enjoying Holland
    Greetings from Amsterdam

  2. f6.3, ISO200 shutter speed of 1/400 of second…in open shade…To be onest I expected underexposed pics…
    Are the settings right? maybe Bryan meants ISO 400 at 1/200 of second?

  3. Hi Bryan, thanks for the tip ( you always give us such good tips ! )
    u nfortunately, this kind of head shot don't work with most of older people because when you show them the photo, they don't look at themselves, they look at defects in their skin, hair, etc… so, no choice but back up… a little… a lot…

  4. I instinctively dislike the principle of cutting the at the forehead because I'm so much used to it and because it means losing a part of the face on the picture but looking deeper I actually prefer this.
    My subject being special I wonder if it will be cool. :/

  5. Absolutely great tip! Thanks. Not too many pro photographers rely on the 70-300mm VR Nikkor; but I think it's one of the best lenses you can buy for the money.

  6. I personally don't like cropping into the forehead, because without the whole head, you don't know what the person looks like and that type of portrait is very uncomfortable to look at. My opinion.

  7. I like the more intimate shot you did over the standard shot. I also liked the other portraits you showed at the beginning of the video. I noticed that a few of them had other interesting things happening in the background. Thanks for the tips. I will be experimenting with this today to see what I get.

  8. I actually would like it more in between. I like to show off the hair, and cropping that tight pulls a lot of it out of frame. If I was gonna go that tight, I'd probably go even tighter and really bring it in on the eyes or the mouth.

  9. Ok …. Sometimes it might work! I think there are other ways to be much more creative that cutting off foreheads!

  10. I prefer not cropping the forehead however, I think both styles have their applications. Like Mr Bryan said " Something to think about it"

  11. I can see where cropping out parts of the head works if he wants the main detail mainly on the face or area of something, but if he's cropping every photo like this, it can take away from the photo and people will lose interest. Just my own thoughts.

  12. I find the standard shot has a much more pleasing background because of the strong vertical lines of the trees and as a result is the more interesting shot.

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