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As time goes on, it’s obvious that the way to take portraits, or people pictures changes. Today, I want to go through some “People” photos and see if you like this new trend.

Is the formal portrait gone? I don”t think so. But, I find it interesting that the photographers who have a portrait studio, spend a lot more time out of their studio, than in it. Now the only thing they use their studio for is “still photography”.

Photo by Stow Kelly on Unsplash

It seems that most photos, the people are interacting with another person, or doing something they like to do. The above photo is a great example of interacting with someone else. Two sisters want a nice picture of themselves, and they show their bond, by the touch of hands.

Photo by Stephen Andrews on Unsplash

It seems that getting a cute photo of children has changed too. Getting a photo of them involved in playing has been a winning photo. That magazine has him focused. And, it shows the child in his environment, the place he is comfortable in.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

The more casual portrait is also the new “Norm”. Dressed up in their everyday clothes, no serious posing, a comfortable smile, and you have the new Male Portrait.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Is black and white dead? Oh no! Black and White has become more popular in the last few years. It seems that this is the way the artistic photos are being used. A good black and white print, if done right, is absolutely stunning. Worth trying.

Often a good picture of a person today is the use of props. What makes that person comfortable, or what have they personally created, or even with a pet:

Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam on Unsplash
Tomorrow, I’ll go into the proper way or form of posing people. Even though these photos are just casual photos, if you don’t get their body posed right, this won’t work either. Come back tomorrow.

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Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

You know there are some wonderful “portrait” photographers, who, for some reason, hardly ever get their photos out in the world for people to enjoy. And they will even go to websites where they can post their portraits on a free basis just to get their name out there, and to give examples of some of the great work they do.

Today, on the “Photos of the Week” we will put together some amazing portraits from some real good photographers. Fun to see the beauty in people.

Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

There is a lesson to be learned in posting all these portraits. This is a “training session”. As I was posting these portraits, the thing that made the best portraits stand out, were the ones with great lighting. The photographer knew his or her stuff well, and used the best possible lighting to enhance the portraits of these people. True skill, and it’s a good lesson in all of these photos today.

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash
Photo by Church of the King on Unsplash
Photo by Nurpalah Dee on Unsplash
Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

The next group is under the category of “faces”:

Photo by Radu Florin on Unsplash
Photo by Milad Shams on Unsplash

Above you will see 51 different photo subjects. I never knew there was so many different subjects in photography. BUT…. I have done a special “teaching and learning blog” on all of them, up to BIRDS. I will be doing that one tomorrow, and as you can see, there is only a few left. If there is some of these you would like to learn about, go back to previous blogs, or hit the search bar at the top of the page.