Taking a Shot of Older People

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Taking pictures of older people can be very rewarding for the creative photographer. Often they will have aged in a way which reflects their working life. For instance, a person with an outdoor occupation is likely to have a tanned, lined face - unlike an office worker. It is these physical characteristics that make such photographs so interesting.

At the same time, the photographer should show some sensitivity toward someone who is no longer young, not just in the way they are portrayed but also in the effect that a long photographic session, or even the use of flash, might have on them. If someone is a real character but frail,-try several short sessions, and if possible use available light.

Older people are not only interesting in their own right but may well be surrounded by items collected over a lifetime, or they may be dressed in a way that reflects their life, as in the case of the Chelsea Pensioner shown here.

A serious approach may be required to illustrate inadequate living conditions or illness. But if it is not, look for humour in pictures. This is not the same as being humiliating or patronizing. An easy way to photograph an older person might be to strike up a conversation with them. If so, be patient and do not give the impression that they are repetitive or long winded.

Look for different viewpoints, or go in close and concentrate on a particular area such as hands. Black and white photography may be better than colour, since it allows greater expression and more evocative images.

Willis J. Watson is a freelance writer since 2006, living in United States and he writes about his great passion...digital photography for about 4 years. If you want to read more informations about Digital Sports Photography and also read more reviews about Digital Photography Classes, you can check out his websites.

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