How To Take The Perfect Portrait

Canon cameras and menswear photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce share their advice

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We forget, sometimes, in this world of selfies and instant online "likes", that the greatest joy can be in photographing someone else. Often someone we don't know, or someone we'd never approach if we didn't have a camera in our hands.

The portrait is a conversation of sorts, but instead of asking your subject "who are you?" and "what do you do with your time?", the photographer opens up these questions. The answers we concoct as viewers are often equally as captivating as the truth.

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But because of the widespread obsession with selfies, it's easy to argue that the art of the portrait has been lost. The Canon PowerShot G7 X is set to change all of this, featuring bright f/1.8-2.8, 24mm, 4.2x zoom lens for capturing superb detail and a 1040k sRGB dot, tilt touchscreen with Touch AF to make it easier to capture your subject of choice.

To make the most of this new kit, menswear photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce, aka Garcon Jon (garconjon.com) took us through exactly how to put our portrait skills into action.

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1 | Go Small

"Capturing someone's personality in an instant is a difficult thing to do. When shooting street portraits, I find the smaller the lens, the better the image because there's a connection between photographer and subject, which will really come across in the images."

2 | Wait For Dusk

"The magical natural light comes at the golden hour when the sun is setting. It's the most flattering and creates a beautiful glow. If you're by a white wall, it's great to use that to reflect sunlight at any time of day."

3 | Shoot From The Hip

"I like to take full-length portraits from the hip. It's more flattering and a more natural perspective. For head shots, a subject should be shot at eye level or above."

4 | Break loose

"I'm not a big believer in rules, so I'd like to leave the boundaries open when shooting. Experimenting with the camera is really important."

5 | Take Your Time

"Taking time to compose and consider how you want the portrait to look is key. It's easy to take a snap shot but to take a great photo takes time. Find the right light, build a rapport with the subject and select a location that will compliment everything and pull it together."

The PowerShot G7 X has been specifically designed for those who want uncompromising image quality and control from a pocketable camera. From the refined metal body to the impressive quality of its results everything says Canon premium G-Series DNA.

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