- Oct 26, 2015
I used to do colour printing for a number of professional photographers back when everything was on film.
Thousands and thousands of studio and wedding portraits.
You might have been bored by what I printed, but there were an awful lot of fine photographs of people.
Perhaps you are looking for the unique, when that isn't really what the photographers are aiming for.
The uniqueness may not be in the photograph, but rather in each subject.
And for what its worth, I think uniqueness in general is over-valued - a very fine photograph doesn't suffer because it has something in common with other fine photographs.
Agree with you here.
When it come to people keep it simple. The individual is a story all by itself. It can be boring flat and bland but it's still an entire universe in that photo.
Rule #1 of portraits is not distract from the subject itself. Isolate the subject so that the subject of the portrait is front and center and all the attention goes to the subject. It's boring and maybe not so creative but that's the point.