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Travel Photography for Beginners: Quick Portraits on the Go

teacher avatar Mariya Popandopulo, Photographer & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Сomposition rules still apply


    • 3.

      Don't obstruct the scene completely


    • 4.

      Watch out for details


    • 5.

      Cropping the portrait


    • 6.

      Aim for flattering light


    • 7.

      Candid portraits


    • 8.

      Show how to make a portrait


    • 9.

      Don't forget to have fun!


    • 10.

      Conclusion and project


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About This Class

In these short and sweet series of “Travel Photography for Beginners” classes I will talk about light, composition, making portraits and some other helpful tips you may find quite useful. I decided to break these topics into separate classes so it will be easier to digest.

This is the third class of the series and here I will talk about how to make quick portraits on the go

  • How to crop your image?
  • What kind of details are worth watching out for?
  • How to make a candid portrait and why?
  • How to ask to get your picture taken in a way you want it to be? 

So, press enroll button and lets talk about travel portraits!

Don't forget to check out previous classes in the series to get better understanding of Light and composition:

1) Travel Photography for Beginners: Let’s Talk About Light

2) Travel Photography for Beginners: Let’s Talk About Composition!

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Music in intro: “Singing In The Rain (Instrumental)” by David Mumford

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Mariya Popandopulo

Photographer & Illustrator


Hi! My name is Mariya and I am photographer and illustrator based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

I never could quite decide what do I love more - photography or illustrations, so Im doing both =D

I have illustrations portfolio on Behance

My preferred social media currently is Instagram (no surprise here =D)

I also post comics and doodles under Pinks&Roses name

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1. Introduction: while traveling. Even if you prefer to capture side things around you the most, you will make some portrait's well, not really portrait's but rather snapshots off someone you're traveling with for yourself on the tourist location. These are some of my old images. Nothing wrong with them, of course. But if you compare them with the most recent ones, you can see the difference. Here they are. Although they still do look like snapshots, they're much better composed and look more professional. And it is not so hard to make images like this once you know some guidelines. The thing with Portrait is that despite the fact that you may make a lot off postcard working sites and pictures looking for the pictures with yourself or someone you care about , these kind of exciting. Hi, my name is Maria, and I'm a photographer from Almaty, Kazakhstan, and in this class I will talk about how to make quick on the gold travel portrait. Jessica with insult. This class is not about artistic courses like the one on the left. This one is about making quick portrait on the goal. While you're traveling and short on time, I will talk about most common mistakes to avoid composition and practical advice. I specifically the loved one to make it a portrait class, but the trouble cortex class, Which means you don't have time to make a photo session. But you still want to bring back home some nice looking pictures off yourself, your family and friends so fresh and roll button and let's discuss how you can make your trial for trans better. 2. Сomposition rules still apply: deep number one composition rules still apply. Hopefully, you still remember some from the second class. Just placing the person in the picture randomly will probably not add up to an interesting picture for Westerners anyone like on the picture on the left. Normally, the person in the portrait would be the main point off interest. And so using composition techniques can really help you out to focus attention on your subject. For example, framing technique here on the picture on the right note only makes a portrait more interesting but also draws attention to the main point of interest on the picture. The person symmetry and lines also work well in these two examples. Symmetry all the surroundings brings order to the picture on the left, while wrote acts as a leading line, taking the viewers eyes to the person. If you want to learn a bit more about composition techniques, be sure to check out the second class off the travel photography Siri's. I will leave the link in the about section. So to make things easier, if you're just starting out in photography, dig a few composition techniques you like the most and use them once again. Rule of Third is probably the most of this choice 3. Don't obstruct the scene completely: don't obstruct the sea with someone. You can take a portrayed pretty much anywhere. But while traveling, your main goal is to actually capture a portrait with this icings behind next to your subject. I mean, the point is to have a good bonds between a portrait and a police where it was taken, right? So instead placing your model in the dead center place him her in accordance with the rule authors. This way, the focus will still be on your model, but the place around will also get some love and attention. 4. Watch out for details: watch out for anything that may distract from your composition most of the times that would be other fellow tourists roaming around. And, yes, sometimes it's impossible to isolate your portrait subject. So it's all really about compromises. Just make sure there is no one street behind your subject, for example, on the image on the left, right behind the models. Here, there is a person in a white T shirt. And although the person behind the model is not significantly big compared to other parts of the image, it does make image a bit amateur, whereas on the image on the left. Just a few seconds after the first was taken, that person moved away and the portrait does look better. And now the note here Eve possible. And once again, sometimes it's pretty much impossible. Watch out for very noticeable legs or other parts of someone cut by the framing of your picture. An old picture to illustrate the point here on the image. On the left, you can see someone walking into the frame on the right. You can see who is this, but it does look old and distract from the main subject. So on the mission The right. The picture was made in such a weight so that no strangers are directly grabbing our attention. And the picture overall looks much better balanced. Look out for structures behind your subjects had, like here on the image in the left part of the gate is right behind the head and noticeable things growing out of your motives Head. I'm never a very good idea unless it's intentional. It actually happens quite a lot. And you, my only notice it when you're going for your pictures on your computer screen. It takes some time to train your eye to notice such things, but it's worth it, as this will contribute to better images in the long run. So solution is off this. Either ask you model to move or move yourself and make another shot like I did with this image on the right. Also, when it comes to the details, if possible, put away somewhere the plastic souvenir backs you're probably carrying with yourself around . I honestly cannot imagine a picture where a number of plastic bags firmly helped by a person ever improved upon a portrait. Once again, a few old pictures to illustrate the point. However, if you do, put them somewhere, Police, please. Let's forget them. Finally, one more advice. A good portrait is not only about the place in the face, the overall look like your outfit will contribute to My advice is to choose clothes that are simple and timeless. But a bright accent will work nice as well, like yellow scarf or red shoes. 5. Cropping the portrait: cropping a portrait. Be mindful how you frame and Caracas abject the thing I find most frustrating when someone is taking a picture of me and seat a cut. Just so see on the top image. I mean, why don't take the full body picture and or make a portrait and crop it by waste? So please be mindful how you cracked the subject here. A few more old picture examples off board framing and cropping as mentioned before cropping feed an ankle is the most common problem that happens in my experience. The image in the middle is just an example of an old framing and leaves you wondering. Why was the trained this way? The general guidelines are like on this picture. White Lines guidelines where it would be OK to crack a subject, while red lines are places which you should avoid cutting, in other words, don't crippled joints, ankles, knees, fingers, toes and wrists. However, even if that happens, if you're not most of the times you can save the picture by crippling better in boss production. You have to remember, however, that saving the picture in post production and cropping it properly will end up with cropping other parts off the image as well. So if you're not sure how to cropping camera and want to make a better crop later in editing, I would suggest you should wider so that you can croak and still have plenty of scenery. 6. Aim for flattering light: whenever possible, look for flattering life. For example, it is preferable if it is a me day to put your subject into the shade rather than direct sound. Bite well opposite light. Your portrait subject will most likely squint like here all the image on the left. In addition, shadows from direct midday light look quite harsh on the face. Morning and evening. Sunlight is normally easier for the ice toe handle, So if you prefer to shoot with the direction off the sunlight, that is, your model face is facing the sun rays. Try making such portrays during morning or evening, asking your model to look away. Even closing he's her eyes may also be a good idea, however, avoid too much light contrast between your subject and the background. If shooting without reflector off flash, for example, you put your subject in a shadow while the structure in front off which you take the picture is brightly lit. You will end up with either under exposed portrait, even a sewage, like on the image on the left or overexposed background, like on the image on the right. The situation is typical. When the sunlight is very bright, well, you are less likely to encounter such a problem with The weather is overcast 7. Candid portraits: candid portraits. Candid portraits are the ones where the model is not really posing what least doesn't look like he or she is posing, but rather captured minding. Here's her own business. Candid portraits usually look more authentic and have much more story to them. Generally, I used to strategies I've really making a candid short when the person in the show is not aware of it being busy with something like here or pose the subject in such a way that it will appear to be candid. One way to add that candid feel to your portrait eased to ask the person in the picture to turn away from the camera and look somewhere else instead like here. Another way to make portrait more candid is to try to get genial emotions from your photography subject and making her more comfortable in front of the camera. For example, I love making pictures off people laughing. Typically, I would just above my model like okay, smart, smart, keep smiling, Smile naturally. Okay, pretend that you love bone steak left. Usually at some point, even people I don't know and photographer the first time we'll start to warm up and give genuine expressions because of the absurdity and persistence of my demands. 8. Show how to make a portrait: show how to make a portrait, even if you do know how to make a perfect portrait. Photographers usually struggle to get the picture off themselves. So don't go the hard road trying to explain every little detail how you want your picture to be taken. Instead, show how you want it to look with a gesture. Captain Travel Companion In the same way you want them to take a picture of you. Take a picture. Call your friend to the spot where you stand, even leave the camera right where it was when you took the picture and show the picture itself. So instead of being frustrated with your travel companion for not taking the portrait you had in mind, just make a picture of him her. The way you want your picture to be taken, show on you camera screen where the top and bottom should be and how low or high the camera should be set. But also be humble. Sometimes you think that you know everything about composition and photography, especially when you know your friend is not that into photography. Yet here she may have just the fresh you perspective, so let them take pictures and portrait without your guidelines to 9. Don't forget to have fun!: have fun. It is no fun to have the same face expression on every picture, even if it's the most flattering one. You have smile. Be a little bit crazy in Serie. Traveling is fun. Enjoy it. It will make your images most sincere, and those are the pictures that are the most fun to look at after your back whole. 10. Conclusion and project: in this class, I covered tips and tricks I used to make portrait while traveling. Don't be discouraged if you feel that there is too much to remember. Just try to implement one tip at the time. With practice, you would train your eyes to see better light and composition for the class project. I want you to go for your old or recent trial portrait and find the trouble portrait that you like the most posted to the class project section, along with a description Why you like it. And given the information discussed in the class, is there any way you can improve it next time? In addition, if you want some practice, I challenge you to go outside to make some new ones implementing tips and dignities discussed in this class and both them here as well his phone In the next class. I will talk about editing because I love editing, and I believe it contributes to the photography style just as much as the shooting star. So I'll see in the next class