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By Eden Gallery,
Posted Nov 10, 2021 ,
In Art Blog
Portrait artworks can be anything from a sculpture to a painting or photography that specifically contains a face. Traditionally, portraits include an individual, group, or self-portrait. They mainly depict the head and shoulder, half or full body.
A format of the printed image which is higher than its width is known as a portrait. Unlike landscapes, portraits are longer and have more vertical length. When holding the camera upright with the longer edge running up and down, that's portrait orientation. Portrait orientation is the opposite of landscape orientation.
Portraits are an artistic way of representing people. There are different modes of creating portraits; from traditional oil painting to sculptures, photographs, and other forms of media. In most cases, portraits show part figures, usually from head to shoulders, however, there is no restriction for having whole figures as portraits. They can be an individual portrait or a group portrait.
Portrait photography is also known as portraiture. It is a kind of photography where the artist holds the camera upright in a way that the longer edge runs up and down; that’s a portrait orientation. The aim of portrait photography is to capture the essence and personality of the person or group being photographed, using several lighting effects, poses, and backdrops.
Portraits are a visual representation of a person which can be created in any artistic medium. Portraits of people are often in traditional oil paintings, and more recently photographs. However, sculpture and even mixed media artworks can also be portraits. A portrait of a person does not always have to be depicted in portrait orientation. A portrait is both subject and orientation, some portraits can be in landscape orientation.
A portrait does not always have to be a face. Famous portraits like the Mona Lisa often focus on the face. But while many portraits often show only part of their subject, usually the face or head and shoulders, they can also depict the subject’s whole figure.
Although full-body portraits require a lot more hard work than photographing head and shoulders does, there are still full-body portraits. What makes full-body photography difficult is the reason that incorporating full body in the portrait orientation while maintaining the focus on posing your model, choosing the right kind of lens, and the fact that full-body portraits require a lot more complex camera angles, lights, and setting time.
Traditionally a portrait would always include the subject’s face. However as art grew more experimental and pushed boundaries, artists looked for other ways to depict a subject without painting or otherwise capturing their face.
The absence of facial features in a portrait can leave an artwork open for interpretation. For example, viewers may be able to more strongly see themselves in a faceless portrait and identify with an artwork. Faceless portraits may be cropped so the face is outside the frame or canvas, or the face may be obscured, as can be seen in Renee Magritte’s famous painting “The Son Of Man” which obscures the subject’s face with an apple.
There are five main elements that make a good strong portrait:
When all five of these are combined under one photography, the result is a good-quality portrait.
There are different portrait sizes for different photographs. They can either be 8x10, 4x6, or 5x7 depending on what purpose your photograph will serve. The smallest size can be as small as 4x6 and the largest can be as big as 12x18.
125x167 cm | 49x65 in
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180x180 cm | 70x70 in
120x180 cm | 47x70 in
99x38 cm | 38x14 in
120x100x76 cm | 47x39x29 in
140x200 cm | 55x78 in
44x60x41 cm | 17x23x16 in
122x91 cm | 48x35 in
175x315 cm | 68x124 in
180x260 cm | 70x102 in
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