How to take a Professional Portrait of an Actor
John Wells, who has now been nominated for more Emmy and Golden Globe awards than any other director in the history of television, is a man who always knew he wanted to be an actor. He studied drama at New York University and got his start with a few off-Broadway productions. But the path to television was a long, hard slog for John. He worked every day as a production assistant on Broadway and in regional theaters, where he also played bit parts alongside stars like James Earl Jones and Gene Hackman. Then, thanks to a recurring role on the hit television show St. Elsewhere, he began to land roles in movies like Witness and Tootsie, where he played alongside top stars like Harrison Ford and Dustin Hoffman.
Actors and Their Favorite Decorations and How to Take a Photograph of Them
Is there anything more challenging than photographing an actor, particularly when they are surrounded by the trappings of their craft? Whether it is a favorite chair or a certain prop, it can be hard to capture the image of an actor without another piece to distract from the subject. Thankfully John has over the years learned both how to interact with and photograph actors. As he tells you, there are a few tricks that can help you make sure that your photograph is the best one out there.
Cameras see light and that is the basis behind all of photography. Sure you can use filters and play around with different settings, but in the end you are trying to capture light. If you can do that, then you are well on your way to getting a great photo.
Best Locations for Taking Photos of Actors in Spain
Many actors send John pictures of themselves in Spain, where he operates a small photography studio. The best places for taking photographs of actors in Spain are the beaches, because they pose in swimsuits and other revealing clothing, which helps increase their popularity among fans. There are a few towns where you can visit to bring home a picture of your favorite actor.
The Best Locations for Photographing Actors in London
To get the best photograph of an actor in London, you will want to visit their homes or favorite hangouts. You can find out where your favorites go by doing some research on the internet or by asking your friends who are also fans of certain actors. Sometimes it is just as easy as asking a celebrity yourself if you see them at an event like a film premiere. You will often find them more than willing to pose for a picture with you.
Actors are often seen out and about at restaurants or bars, so you will want to try to go to the same places that your favorite actors frequent. One famous restaurant that is a great place for photographs is the Ivy in Covent Garden. You probably will not get a chance to get close enough photos at this place, but you may be lucky enough to spot some from afar.