Portrait photography tips can run the gamut from simple tweaks to your camera settings to the seemingly impossible task of getting a large group in a wedding to look the same direction.
Although many photographers upgrade to a decent DSLR to give them more control when they take family portraits or pictures of friends, getting great shots of people is always a challenge. And one should ask, do I want a “snapshot” or do I want a professional looking photograph.
Photography has come a long way in considerably short period of time. In about 200 years, the camera developed from a plain box with a pinhole, that produced blurry images to the high resolution produced in our DSLRs and smartphones today.
The story of photography is fascinating and books are written that still only cover portions of its amazing historical route taken thus far. That being so, I want to just take a relatively brief look at the highlights and major developments of this impressive scientific form of art.
The First Cameras
Though I stated 200 years; the basic concept of photography has been with mankind since the 5th-century. An Iraqi scientist developed something called the camera obscura in the 11th-century and that is when the art of photography came alive.
Still the camera did not actually record images, it simply projected them onto another surface. However, it was truly the beginning of getting us to where we are today. The images were upside down so they would often be traced in order to obtain an accurate drawing of the subject, such as a building for instance.
The first camera obscura used a tent with a pinhole in order to project an image from outside of the tent into the darkened area. Now we fast-forward to the 17th-century – the camera obscura became small enough to be portable, relatively speaking (the portable version is in the drawing the the right of this paragraph. Basic lenses to focus the light were now being introduced as well.