Eyes in portrait photography
Any portrait begins with the eyes. The whole psychophysiological experience of a person, which is also called emotion, is reflected in two screens called eyes. In them one can read everything, every your experience: outrage, indignation, curiosity, fear, fatigue, hope, happiness, love, passion, compassion, sadness, pain, surprise or disappointment. Your eyes will certainly give out everything.
The eyes give an idea of the character, you can read the mind in the eyes. When you admire the famous portraits created by such great artists as Da Vinci, Vermeer or Steve McCurry, pay attention to how they conveyed the gaze. As in the eyes reflected the mood. Eyes are in the spotlight. The artist or photographer first establish a relationship with an object that was reflected on the canvas or photographs. Then the viewer is able to feel himself in the place of the creator. Feel this relationship flow.
The eyes may remain wide open, half-open or even closed, but they are always filled with feelings.
Eye position in the frame There are no strict rules on where to place this main object. But if you do it in 1/3 or in the middle of the frame, it will look great. Placing the eyes right in the center can be very impressive for the viewer. And it can also be very important when the eyes are wide open. In this case, they inflame emotions, affect the viewer, associate it with the object, creating relationships that, of course, lead to the success of art.
Eyes and smile We all know that a person creates an impression of a person’s character. I would like to remind you, that the eyes can smile. An unusual face may look with a broad look and without a smile, whereas a smiling face may have angularly balanced eyes that, strangely enough, also smile. Eyes and smile are able to complement each other extraordinarily beautiful. From time to time a beautiful smile or laughter can distract attention from the eyes. Thus, if we compare what is more important than a smile or eyes, the smile wins. But with both of them, the portrait will certainly win the heart.
Eye contact Eye contact is always extremely tempting in any genre of photography. Both the photojournalist and the wedding photographer are all looking for eye contact. People like when they are looked into their eyes, when one does not hide their eyes from them. Eye contact is important. It seems to be saying, "You can trust me." And the viewer believes. This gaze can be strong, it can be heart-breaking tears. It will impress to the depths of the soul.
Closed eyes An even stronger effect is created with closed eyes. Silence is transmitted to the viewer. This makes him think and feel the mood of the object. When a portrait is created, this thin line arises, dividing the viewer and the object that is closed when the eyes are closed. Portraits that convey mood are portraits with eyes closed or partially closed.
Space observation Looking back to the art of composition in the portrait, I would like to mention the benefits of observing space. This space, as a rule, plays an important role in composition. It helps the viewer to interpret the mood of the object and its state. Try experimenting with the composition in the frame to expand your options.
The role of light Catching the right light for a portrait photographer is the same as a goal for a hunter. Proper light facilitates perception for the viewer while viewing. Technically correctly captured light is when the object itself remains in the shadow and looks at the light. This fact is true for studio shooting, and for a photo shoot in open space. The light adds more drama to the portrait, animates it, inspires it.