I'm Ingunn. This blog is about learning to make photos instead of just taking them. This is where I collect and express ideas and thoughts, and sometimes I might get sidetracked, too! There is so much to be learned. I have an urge for making life better, simpler and tastier. My picture galleries are in the sections travel and portfolio. I write in English, but I am Norwegian, and comments are most welcome in both languages.


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Girl with curls

One of the genres I've been reluctant to try in photography is portraiture. It is difficult, it feels intimidating, and I' haven't been any good at it when I've tried. I would never dare to ask a stranger to pose for me, and even family is hard. However, I'm attending a workshop in creative post-processing these days, and as a warm-up we took some portraits to get material for the post-processing. The instructors had lots of humour, they posed willingly and made me relax a little. It was fun! I learned to observe light more closely, and I got a few tips about good locations, too.

So - what I did today was to bring my daughter outside to practice my new skills. And it was great fun! She's a very good model, not only beautiful, but also relaxed, takes directions very well, and and she's even patient when I fiddle about with my camera. All those buttons! We actually managed to make about 12 portraits of her among the 60 captures taken which we both liked, and I'm now working my way through the post-processing. The first few are finished, and my favorite so far is the one shown here. It can also be seen in my people gallery.

This is not the end of my portrait making, for sure. First of all, I want to make portraits of my two other daughters as well, of course. We haven't had any portraits of them taken since they were little girls a long time ago, and I want to have some fresh ones for our walls. This is a very rewarding project, and I'm very happy that I got some help to get started. Maybe I'll even ask a stranger some day? Tomorrow I'm going back to learn more about post-processing, and I'm really looking forward to that.

Now I wonder: What do you think is the most difficult genre in photography, and why? Please share - it doesn't matter whether it is in English or in Norwegian - a conversation on this topic would be very interesting.

Reader Comments (5)

Hi Ingunn!

It was great having you with us at our photographic post production workshop this weekend, and I must say, you really take &make beautiful pictures! It's cool to hear you have been lured into the scary field of portraiture. One of the great things about portraiture, is that you never run out of motives, and every face has a different story to tell.

Eivind Røhne

October 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEivind Røhne

Thanks! I really enjoyed the workshop, too. I'm certainly going to try my luck at taking portraits in the time to come.

October 2, 2011 | Registered CommenterIngunn

Over from SS today.
I completely share your feelings of intimidation about shooting people - this is still not something that I have conquered - so I greatly admire your successful attempts. This portrait and your post-processing are amazing and I am inspired (but will probably continue to shoot things that do not move).

October 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Hi Brenda and welcome! Thank you for stepping by and for your appreciative comment. I must say that after the initial encouragement from my tutors, some of my fear of shooting people has disappeared. Today I brought my youngest outside, and we got some interesting captures. You should try it too, it is not that hard after all.

I went to your website earlier today, and will certainly return. There seems to be a lot to explore and find inspiration in there, too!

October 4, 2011 | Registered CommenterIngunn

You've done a great job here. I see beyond the light and look into the girl with curls. I want to know so much about her and that, to me, means it's a great photo. So glad I stumbled here from Shutter Sisters.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBaby by the Sea

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