Photography Styles


Photography Styles

Photography is an art, the discipline, technique, and practice of taking pictures by using light, either by way of an optical lens, by electronic camera, or chemically on photographic film by using a light-sensitive element such as organic colorant. This is a rather broad subject, and there’s no “right” way to do it, so just experiment and see what you can come up with! As far as I’m concerned, it’s all a matter of opinion. What works for some photographers might not be appropriate for others and what’s pleasing to one photographer may be nauseating to another. My point is this: if you don’t like what you see in the mirror, just take another look at it the next day.

Now, however, I’d like to get back to what I started this article with – portraits. Portrait photography is a subset of the whole field of digital photography and is one of the most popular types of photography today. It involves many different types of photography techniques, but there’s a lot of overlap between different types of portraits too. For instance, most portrait photography involves lighting – both ambient and task lighting. Most portrait photography also involves posing – the arrangement of the body and its features in space to give a view of the real person, and often some attempt at a realistic facial expression. And speaking of facial expressions, almost every type of photography uses facial expression recognition software, to capture a snapshot of the face of the subject.

In fact, photography is a very diverse field, because the photographer has to deal with so many different types of photographers, and different types of subjects. One of my favorite examples of this is the hobby of taking landscape photographs. Many amateur landscape photographers are simply not trained enough to make good quality images from their pictures of nature, so they go to an amateur photographer who is trained in different types of landscape photography. The result is a beautiful landscape that is interesting and beautiful, captured by the amateur photographer with the skills and equipment of an experienced professional.

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