The great portraits are about a connection between the photographer and the subject. The connection that the photographer and the subject make with one another is reflected then to the person who looks at the photograph. Now, how do you know when that connection works the best? It’s when the photograph goes straight from your eyes to your heart.
Clearly a pitch to buy the new National Geographic book, In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits, but editor-in-chief elect (and photographer may I add) Chris Johns and senior editor Leah Bendavid-Val offer up some sound advice when it comes to making effective portraits.