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The thing about the best portraits is how they capture the essence of a person.
Maybe the wrinkles on their hands, or the expression in their eyes, tell you about the life they’ve had.
So what if you had 30 seconds to capture that person, instead of a nanosecond shutter-click? And what if the person could talk? Whoa. Crazy, we know. We call it a long portrait.
Ask the person a question. Have them sing you their favorite song. Whatever. We 100 percent guarantee you’ll end up with a great living portrait.
To learn how to shoot your long portrait, and for great questions to ask, read on…
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What Is It and Why’s It Cool?
It’s a 30-second (or less) portrait of a person, kind of like a video snapshot. It lets you capture the essence of a person: not just what they look like, but who they are right now.
The thing is, everybody thinks they don’t change that much from year to year. But what if we told you we had video of you singing your favorite song from 7th grade? See? You’ve changed. We all do. This is why home videos are so poignant: they capture a moment of time that inevitably goes by.
But home videos are boring. They’re long. And dull. And it really took Phil and Laverne three hours to get married? Really?
So you ask a question or two, get a little video, badda bing badda boom. Moment captured.
What You’ll Need
How To Set Up Your Long Portrait Shot
What Questions To Ask
How To Share Your Long Portraits
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Published on April 14, 2008 — See more Photojojo Original
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