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5 Different Types of Portrait Photography Every New Photographer Should Know.

Lets start off by saying knowing does,t main you should learn. You should have some understand about a political portraits listed. Because more than likely as a new photographer, you will mostly explore one or more of those portraits listed below. So lets get started.

Surreal Portraits

Surrealism is an artistic style that feels dream-like. That style can apply to portrait photography as well. You can’t photograph something that doesn’t exist. That’s why surreal portrait work often involves Photoshop. You can also create some with props, wardrobe, and other photo tricks. A surreal portrait turns dreams into real photos. That’s tough to do, but when done well, the results are often stunning. For inspiration, look at photographers like Brooke Shaden.


Traditional Portraits

A traditional portrait often depicts the subject looking at the camera. Traditional portrait photography is posed. It helps the subjects look their best. Often, traditional portraits are shot in a studio with a formal photography backdrop. The genre also tends to favour the most traditional portrait composition. This means the head and shoulders crop rather than a full-body portrait. But that’s not always the case. Traditional portraits are often what comes to mind when thinking about the portrait genre. This type of image has been around for a long time. But it remains popular because the mix of posing and studio lighting is flattering. A sub-genre of the traditional portraits are formal portraits. They apply the same posing and studio setting, but with formal or business attire.


Street Portraits

Street photography is one of the most challenging but at the same time one of the most rewarding genres of photography. Documenting people in their everyday environment is not easy – it requires patience, hard work and sometimes even some bravery to be able to approach and photograph complete strangers. In this article, we will take a close look at what street photography is, how it differs from other genres of photography and provide some helpful tips to get you started.


Glamour Photography

You might know glamour portrait as beauty portrait. The beauty of the subject is in the focus of glamour photography. It often involves planning the wardrobe and using professional make-up artists. Glamour photography is also sensual. It’s designed to highlight a woman’s beauty, sometimes in lingerie and sometimes nude. Glamour and fashion photography often has a similar feel and similar posing. But glamour still emphasizes the person, not what they are wearing.


Family Portraits

A portrait isn’t always a single person. Photos of couples, families and other groups together are still portraits. Pictures of more than one person are often harder than portraits of an individual. You have more people to pose together and interact within the photograph. With more people, you can also capture genuine interaction. You can’t achieve this with a single person. Portraits of groups can still fall under other sub-genres too. Lifestyle photography, for example, is a popular genre for family photography.



Portraits capture people and personality. Every person is different; that’s why the genre has various styles. Try to understand the different types of portrait photography. Practice their unique setups. Get to know the person you take photos of! See what your subject is like and which genre fits the person. You’ll capture better portraits that represent the subject in the best light.

Looking for more tips? Check out our new Photography and Retouching Tutorials to learn hands on.

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