1. To recognize a beautiful face.
2. To connect with the sitter and get a real expression.
3. To create light that's not about the light but is in the service of making the sitter look their best.
4. To choose the right focal length and lens character to translate what you recognized as beauty.
What is the least important and most talked about trivia in making a portrait?
1. What brand of camera you used.
2. What brand of light you used.
3. Your lighting formula.
4. How sharp and noiseless your image files are.
The first four matter. The last four are boring.
If I ask my friend, who is an artist behind the camera, how his portrait session went with someone he tells me first what they talked about. And he describes the moment at which the expression and pose clicked in. If I ask my friend, who is a gear head, about how his portrait session went he tells me what camera body and flash he used. Totally different mindset. Totally different results.
Knowing exactly which gear to use without bringing imagination and passion to the shoot is something like "knowing the cost of everything and the value of nothing."
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