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Expressive Portrait Photography

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Expressive Portrait Photography

Portraits are a perfect subject matter for Photography, as lighting, proximity and exposure can all be used to manipulate the mood of a piece, and capture the subjects true character.

The following 30+ examples all showcase expressive photography portraits, each photo capturing the subjects essence, their mood and personality through the medium of photography.

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About the Author:

Tom is the founder of PSDFAN. He loves writing tutorials, learning more about design and interacting with the community. On a more interesting note he can also play guitar hero drunk with his teeth.

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  1. Carlos says:

    Ohh it’s cool, tanks Tom, I love photo

  2. Leon says:

    Wow! Most of these photos are really beautiful. Numbers 4 and 5 are true misfits though, look like vacation snapshots.

  3. Tom says:

    Thanks guys!

    Leon: I see what you mean, although I’m still a fan of the photos. :)

  4. Great Collection.
    I totally love it.

  5. Wow, there are really some fantastic photos here. 10 and 14 are my favorites.

  6. Tom says:

    Thanks for the comments, I’m glad that you both enjoyed the article!

  7. These images are absolutely great, each image expresses a particular emotion! Thanks Tom

  8. Johnson Koh says:

    Love that set of beautiful eyes in the middle of the post :D

  9. Love the use of light in some of the darker images in this list.

  10. Student aid says:

    Very Nice Closeup ohhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1.

  11. Dear Tom,

    First of all Thanks and where will you get ideas to share such a wonderful collection every time. I love the expression of boxer punches water.

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