Waht do y'all think about CLASSIC PORTRAITURE? OK, I know this is the "People and Portrat" section. I love photographing people and in fact, I do quite a bit of that for a living- for a lot of years. I shot news, weddigs, some fashion, a bit of street work fun, and even my industrial work, I shoot not only the machinery by the folk who operate the machines.
The big " however" HERE is that classic portraiture is my "first love" in professional photograhy. That and wedding photography was my entry-level into the business and although nowadas, my work is mainly in the industrial commercial fields, I still offer portrat and family events services as well as executive and institutional portraiture.
Do any of you think that a separate section, here on the new forum, should be devoted to classic, advanced, fine, or whatever you want to call it PORTRAITURE? I am not talking about, heaven forbid "STIFF" or "STODGY" images but what I like to call CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC PORTRAITURE. Now, you don't have to be or become a professional, open a studio, or buy tons of gear but the list of concepts, ideas, techniques, styles, variations, and methodologies are so numerous that they woud gobble up all the bandwidth on this site. Just a few- "departments" are light, facial anaylisis, posing and body mechanics, composition, cosmetics, and aesthetics, optics, character studies, groups, indoor/outdoor background management, sharpness/softness, lighting ratios, light forms, equipmet, post-process tips, retouching, eye contact, view of the face, psychology of portraiture, expressions, ...I can go on ad infinitum and all of the above probably have a dozen different subsections. And...so many of these topics can be applied to other kinds of work. I'd bet that even if you shoot nothing but birds and bugs if you get into some of this stuff, you will get better texture in the feathers and whatever bugs are made of.
I have a lot of information, images, diagrams, literature, technobabble, and straight talk I would love to share, and woud gladly volunteer to help maintain such sections, that is if folks are interested. I have participated in a few forums over the decades and I find this particular subject is oftentimes negated, neglected, or considered passé!
Yup, I know there is a STUDIO and LIGHTING section but I feel this subject deserves its own section. So, WADDYTHINK?