Portrait photography is very expressive and conveys the viewer some emotions. It is important for the photographer to pay attention to all the special details and expressions of a person which he photographs. The way we chose to portrait a person is based on a story we want to tell with the photographs. Which is why we can distinguish different portrait photography styles, which are presented in more detail during this diploma thesis.
The aim of the diploma thesis was to research the field of portrait photography as well as touch on the beginning of photography. The theoretical part starts with an explanation of photography in general and then it talks about different elements which are important for the creation of portrait photography, different camera parameters, and it focuses on the importance of lens selection as well as that, there are described the external factors and obstacles and how to deal with them.
In the experimental part, there is the representation of 10 colored portraits of inhabitants of Gambia which were made with the digital single lens reflex camera Canon EOS 750D. All of them were created with natural light without the use of flash. Throughout all the pictures we can see a certain consistency. On the photos there are elderly or middle-aged people, what they all have in common is that they are all from the countryside. Under each portrait, there are all the camera settings including a short description and a visual analysis. All the pictures were additionally edited in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop. In general most of the pictures needed the light correction, tone correction, and correction of color temperature. The backgrounds of the pictures are additionally blurred so the subject draws more of our attention.
The theoretical knowledge was the base for research in the experimental part We discovered that is very important if we want to achieve exceptional results. Besides the theoretical knowledge, it is also important to be resourceful, because in some situations exterior factors can't be foreseen.