Advanced Portraits of India

  1. Mr. BG
    Welcoming Expert, Community Hero 2020 Community Expert Nov 3, 2017

    Mr. BG , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Dear fellow community members (be it from India or elsewhere). Please feel free to post your best portrait that defines India. The official challenge may be over, but I will keep an eye for the gems that i hope keep on coming.

    People put in some serious effort, so you'll be held to a high standard, as you can see below to pictures that define the people of India in this thread.

    So no selfies, no "random clicks" or petty 'portrait mode' pics please!

    Here are the winners of the challenge:

    1. The Honorable old man by @azzzulikz966
    There can be only one winner.

    This photo has everything a good portrait needs, great focus and sharpness, good (natural) lighting and a background that adds to the subject.

    Altogether great photo, the eyes of the old man tell the story of a hard life and kindness.


    2. The youth of India.
    Lovely photo. It's sharp, the eyes are twinkling with fun, what is the title fella up to?

    Look at the future of India!

    3. The Indian rose.
    What is she dreaming of? Or are we dreaming her?

    Slightly over exposed, in a beautiful setting, the composition is fantastic!

    Honorable mentions:

    Not within the rules, or too late, but great pics nonetheless..

    Just a day at work:
    Nicely framed, with the patina on the signs, fake bokeh isn't working so well here.

    Not a real portrait, but a very nice photo and original post processing.

    Street kid selfie.
    Selfie, so out of competition, but this photo speaks to me..

    Bubble Girl

    Happiness in colour.

    I've never been to India myself yet, it's on my bucket list.

    I'm an enthusiast photographer and one of my favourite subjects is Urban/Street photography.

    I love portraits of Indian people, don't ask me why, it's just that there is something special about the people from India,

    (please explain if you have an idea as to why that is, lol)

    Back to the challenge.

    Aim to make it really great!

    The rules.
    • Advise: ask your model for permission.
    • Maximum of two entries per person.
    • No low quality pics (so don't use the crap forum app)
    • Not just a simple snapshot of your brother/sister etc. (They can be models of course)
    • No stupid watermarking!
    • No low effort additions by posting something you already made a while ago and think it's "good enough". (It probably isn't)
    • Go out and make the effort! (Or simply be beaten by those who will)
    some advise
    No snapshots means being serious. So you have to think of lighting, the right background (without street clutter) and the right frame, a photo must tell a story. Here are some great tips for portrait photography to start with.

    I've added some pics below from Karl Grobl, a professional Photographer I really like. Aim to be this good, I will keep you folks to a high standard, I know you can do it :)

    You can use any camera you like, from your Oneplus to a top notch DSLR or even a fourty year old box camera or whatever. It's about the eye of the photographer, not about Megapixel or fake bokeh.

    Tell us something about the people and the conditions, that's far more interesting.

    The prize: eternal fame

    I will choose a top 3 of the best pictures come December ;)

    How to upload photos?

    Please do not use the forum app The low res and compression is just too much, use the valuable advise given here by @strafer

    Some great examples from Karl Grobl:




    These are good, using natural light, I'm convinced there are people that can challenge these.

    It's OK to comment and give advise on photos, that's how we learn. Please be respectful towards each other, so please, no cheers for mediocrity.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2021

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  2. BeingIncog
    Nougat Nov 3, 2017

    BeingIncog , Nov 3, 2017 :

  3. TheMystic
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

    TheMystic , Nov 3, 2017 :
    We have a “soul” with a very rich history of struggle, love and affection.

  4. durgraj17
    Gingerbread Nov 3, 2017

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  5. varma246
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

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  6. Mr. BG
    Welcoming Expert, Community Hero 2020 Community Expert Nov 3, 2017

    Mr. BG , Nov 3, 2017 :

    I guess it shows ;)

    My aim is to get people who want to develop their skills to reach beyond snapshot level

    Give them a little challenge if you will, to really think about what makes a great photo.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017

  7. pa5t1s
    User of the Year 2014 Nov 3, 2017

    pa5t1s , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Wrong! This is exactly the contrary :p (provided that posters can search and read at first)

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  8. DrAakash
    Jelly Bean Nov 3, 2017

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  9. Mr. BG
    Welcoming Expert, Community Hero 2020 Community Expert Nov 3, 2017

    Mr. BG , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Indeed :)

    That's a good one, I'll add that!

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  10. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 3, 2017

    meatandy , Nov 3, 2017 :
    When does this contest conclude ?
    it will take me a few days to get to India. :D

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  11. Mr. BG
    Welcoming Expert, Community Hero 2020 Community Expert Nov 3, 2017

    Mr. BG , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Good question, end of November?

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  12. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 3, 2017

    meatandy , Nov 3, 2017 :
    You're the man .

    Maybe in thirty days , ending on December 3 .

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  13. DrAakash
    Jelly Bean Nov 3, 2017

    DrAakash , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Which states are you visiting in India??

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  14. varma246
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

    varma246 , Nov 3, 2017 :
    wish you Good luck:rolleyes:
    Ikr:rolleyes:, you really think i didn't get the reason behind this thread!

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  15. Punk_69
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

    Punk_69 , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Hey @Mr. BG
    Thanks for making a thread on portraits !
    I hope people would search to get to this thread ....
    for now i have only one portrait which is worth uploading (im more into landscapes, astro and macro, request you to check those out from the link in my signature, though)

    here it is

    Clicked on Oneplus 3
    Edited on lightroom mobile version

    And I have taken the permission of the lady already, to post it in Photography pages/areas...

    We were in the lecture hall and i wanted to click a portrait badly (was inspired by Brandon Woelfel, and still am !)... So i asked her for permission and i clicked the portrait...

  16. Punk_69
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

    Punk_69 , Nov 3, 2017 :
    Do visit Andaman and Nicobar !
    Its an awesome place to be in !
    Only the Internet sucks here....
    You'll get loads of stuff to photograph.

  17. Mr. BG
    Welcoming Expert, Community Hero 2020 Community Expert Nov 3, 2017

    Mr. BG , Nov 3, 2017 :
    That's one fine looking lady, female doctor? Here's modern India for you ;)

    But if you don't mind me asking, what's with the blue huey? Check the blue splash on her shoulder, did something to wrong in Lightroom? Also, the background is a bit of a mess.

    So I added a slightly cropped B&W version. Just for fun...


  18. Punk_69
    Lollipop Nov 3, 2017

    Punk_69 , Nov 3, 2017 :
    We're still students,but no harm in calling us Doctors:D:p
    Actually I was Super inspired by Brandon Woelfel and his style of portrait photography .... So i added the blue hue and decreased the temperature(quite a lot)
    Thanks for removing the unnecessary elements from the background ! I ignored them somehow.....

    And your version of the picture looks awesome !
    Thanks again !
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017

  19. meatandy
    Oreo Nov 3, 2017

    meatandy , Nov 3, 2017 :
    I can't organize a trip in thirty days with the holidays coming soon™ here in the states.:(

  20. BobbyV8_
    The Lab² Reviewer - Insta360 GO 2 Nov 3, 2017

    BobbyV8_ , Nov 3, 2017 :
    @Mr. BG 300 days for Andy.

    Edit: You can expect my entries Mid November

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