Parties are surely a great opportunity for portrait photography and people’s craziness can add some really cool random feature to the final result. Let’s try to get into this subcategory of portrait photography and try to get some tips from Rabbit Hole!
Portrait is surely one of the most common expressions in photography and film photography in particular suits this category of photography.
There are, for sure, some rules to follow about portrait photography, but we will leave them for books (the market is full of books about posing and portrait techniques). Let’s speak about something more unusual: composition. Composition is mainly a personal choice, it depends on your disposition and sensitiveness. Even though it’s like this, let’s try to define some little tips.
In Lisbon I got involved in this kind of party: the Rabbit Hole. I mean, I was one of the photographers, but the only analog photographer.
Spoiler, or not? I will speak about the Rabbit Hole in detail with the brand new series about Portugal and the year I lived in this amazing country!
This is about my style, but I hate normal party pictures. You know, cool club, cool people, same music, etc. This environment require also normal pictures; for “normal” I mean the usual correct frame. Well, I don’t like the correct the normal frame in usual portrait photography, just imagine my will during a crazy party like Rabbit Hole!
The not correct frame is my main rule: the horizon is always random!
Since it’s impossible to see exactly what’s going to be in the frame (lack of light), try to not stay too near or too far from the human subject: 1,5 meters was the gold distance for me.
Don’t care so much. During the last Rabbit Hole I had to work 12 hours as a photographer, so enjoy your Vodka Redbull and go!
Alessandro Panelli is a Medicine and Surgery student, an ambulance volunteer, a photographer and a writer from Padova, Italy.