Capturing A Face in the Crowd


One of my ongoing portfolio projects is People . I spend a lot of time at home due to health issues and when I get out of the house I like to meet and interact with people. I always carry a camera with me, and have made some of my best images from impromptu meetings and observations.


Photographing in a large crowds can be quite daunting to start with but the more you do it the more comfortable you become with it. The more comfortable you become the better you get. Counter intuitively the larger the crowd the easier it is to make photos of people. But don’t just fire off frame after frame, concentrate on your composition, look for an interesting face, or interaction to capture. One way of emphasising certain elements is to use a flash this will highlight the specific area you want to capture. Playing with exposure is another method to isolate and highlight a face in the crowd . In the image below I tried a longer exposure than I would normally for this. I quite like the result but there is no clear subject.


In the images below the exposure is still long but this time the subject is perfectly highlighted. The use of a speedlight has helped to lead the eye to the subject. Go out and give it a try, if you aren’t comfortable making images with other people in them, start with yourself and progress from there. Remember the more you do it the easier it becomes.




The face you’re capturing doesn’t always have to be a real one !!






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