Faces with Character

There is a big difference between taking a picture of a person and making a portrait. The first is just a factual record of what a person looks like, while the second should give us some idea about what sort of person he or she is. Of course it would be wrong to attempt to guess what a person is like just by their physical appearance, but in a portrait we should aim to capture expressions that give us legitimate clues to that human’s personality.

We can all put on a face, it’s true, and pretend to be someone we are not, so it can be hard to get to the genuine character of the person we are photographing – but even when are we shooting an act it is still possible to reveal a little or a lot of what that person is really like.

This month I want to see you all aiming your cameras at other human beings with the aim of coming away with some element of that person’s character. I want to be able to look at your pictures and to know something about the subject’s personality, their outlook on life – or how much they like having their picture taken.

I’m not going to give you advice on lenses, but position yourself at a distance from your subject that you think represents how close to them you like to be, and then pick a focal length that includes as much or as little of the background as you want to show us. Pick an aperture that will show in sharp focus the parts of the person or the scene that you want us to see – and one that blurs the distractions and the elements you want to hide. And get a reaction from the person you are shooting, whether it’s a smile or a glum expression, a look of surprise or of boredom, friendly or frowning – let us all know what sort of person we are looking at.

The prize

The lucky winner will take home a fantastic Manfrotto Advanced Camera Shoulder Bag, designed specifically for smaller system cameras – like Lumix G models. The bag can hold a body as well as two to three lenses in its fully-padded protective compartments , and when the heavens open it has a built-in pull-over rain to protect itself and all your toys. It really is very smart, and is the perfect bag for anything from the Lumix GX80 to the GH5. You can find out more about it on the Manfrotto website.
Manfrotto Advanced Camera Shoulder bag
Get your entries in by the close of 11th March.



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  1. The Competition (“The Lumix G Experience Photo Challenge”) is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI) aged 18 years or over, excluding employees and their immediate families (defined as parents, siblings, children & spouse regardless of where they live) of Panasonic U.K. Limited (“Promoter”), its affiliated companies, their agents or anyone professionally connected with this promotion.
  2. To enter, submit one picture representing the current theme of the challenge. Only one picture per user is allowed for this competition. The competitor who submits the best picture will be awarded an A3 canvas of their photo. There will be no prizes awarded for 2nd or 3rd runners up.
  3. The picture should be submitted between 7th February 2018 and 11th March 2018 through the Photo Challenge section of the Lumix G Experience website: www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/photo-challenge
  4. Winners will be selected by a third party chosen Panasonic agency with an independent promotional verification service, from all valid entries received by 15th January 2018.
  5. Winners will be notified by phone or email using the information supplied at time of entry within 7 days of the end of the competition.
  6. At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws when taking pictures. In particular do not provide to us images of any individual without obtaining their prior consent for us to publish and process their images.
  7. By participation in this promotion you confirm that you have the ownership rights in the pictures and do grant Panasonic a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide.
  8. Prizes are not transferable and unless outlined in these terms and conditions of Promotion there are no cash alternatives available.
  9. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.
  10. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery of the prize. Prizes will be delivered to UK and ROI addresses only.
  11. Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age and identity of winners.
  12. By entering the Promotion entrants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the rules and Terms and Conditions of Promotion. All entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions of Promotion.
  13. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions of Promotion may invalidate an entry and/or result in a forfeit of the prize.
  14. Winners agree to participate in any reasonable publicity arranged by the Promoter or its agencies.
  15. The Promoter or its agencies accept no responsibility for entries lost, damaged, corrupted, delayed or otherwise not received for any reason, whether any such failure is within the control of the Promoter or its agencies. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt of receipt.
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