What are different types of portraiture?
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Pixean
December 24, 2016

Portraiture or portrait photography refers to photography of a subject or a group of subjects depicting their facial expressions, temperaments and dispositions. Photography has never been bound by rules. It may sound clichéd but it’s so true. There is no fixed number of defined portraiture types. You can do things your way as long as the shots justify your imagination and the subject’s expressions.

I can suggest a few different types of portraitures…

The traditional portrait – The traditional portrait or the posed portrait is simply a portrait where the subject is made to pose for the camera. In other words you can also say that the subject is fully aware of the photographer’s presence. In this, you have the option of deciding the subject’s attire and the background.

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The candid portrait – In contrast to the traditional one, this portrait involves subjects who are not aware of the camera’s presence. This may vividly capture the subject’s expressions but in this the photographer usually has no or negligible control over the surroundings. 

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Environmental portrait – In a slight contrast to the definition of the word portrait, this portraiture usually captures the subject’s expression or reaction to the surrounding environment. You can do this the candid way or the traditional way. I prefer to do this the candid way since that looks more natural to me.

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Group portrait – This too can be a traditional or a candid one, but this involves multiple subjects in a single frame giving a sense of lifestyle.

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Close up portrait – An extreme close up of a portion of the subject’s face is captured in a close up portrait. The photographer has to have a lot of clarity in his mind as to what expression he expects and whether that small part of the subject’s face is justifying his imagination.

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Upper Body portrait – This normally covers the subject’s body till the waistline, thus enabling the subject to express with its upper body.

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Full body portrait – Instead of taking the literal meaning of a full body portrait, I prefer using the 3/4th of the subject’s body. You can, however go for the full body one.

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Conceptual or abstract portraits – This is where you need to let yourself run wild. Explaining a concept over a single portrait is never easy, but if you do it it’s the best feeling ever! Try this for sure!

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As I already told you, there are no fixed definitions. Try the above and whatever else you imagine. Take a camera and go take portraits, your way. Maybe someday, you will also add to the ever transforming dictionary of portraiture!

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