28 October 2016

Doubling Down on Doubles

A double portrait aka duo portrait in portrait photography is a photograph of two distinctive individuals, in which their faces, their expressions and the relationship between both individuals are predominant. The intent is to display their likeness, personality, and mood, as well as selected emotional and social aspects of their interpersonal relationship...

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; double portrait; street portrait; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; two people; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; local; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portrait; portraiture; V sign; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; posed; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Langkawi; Pantai Cenang; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malay men; tour guide; tout; hair; sunglasses; teeth; handsome; smiling; duo portrait
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photography; photo; image; lively; outstanding; fantastic; favourite; superior; excellent; magnificent; interesting; inspirational; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; prime lens; 50mm; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal format; closeup; double portrait; duo portrait; street; outside; colour; colourful; world cultures; cultural; character; personality; real people; human; human head; human face; human eyes; facial expression; married couple; Rajasthani garment; turban; veil; Rajasthani pagari; headscarf; consent; empathy; rapport; respect; encounter; relationship; emotion; fun; dignity; head jewellery; environmental portrait; travel; India; Rajasthan; Jodhpur; Pukhraj Ji Ki Dhani; Salawas; two people; adult; posing; attitude; authentic

Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photography; photo; image; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; prime lens; 50 mm; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal format; closeup; portrait; portraiture; street portrait; depth of field; bokeh; outdoor; colour; colourful; character; real people; human; human head; male; holding DSLR camera; candid; encounter; environmental portrait; travel; travel portrait; travel destination; international; Vietnam; Hanoi; Asia; wedding photographer; young Vietnamese man; one person; adult; incredible; determined; focused; Vietnamese wedding photographer; baseball cap; back of the head; back portrait; photographing; snapping; shooting; taking a photo; bridal couple; background; both hands; amateurWhen making a street or environmental portrait of one person, one usually focuses on the eye which is closest to the camera. When making a double or duo portrait, one usually focuses on the closest eye of the person which is closest to the camera and keeps the eyes of both people more or less within the preferred depth of field; unless one wants to divide the picture into a main subject and a supporting subject.

The selection of the aperture will influence the composition of the double or duo portrait, even if the two subjects are more or less at the same distance from the camera. A more shallow depth of field (e.g. with an aperture of c. f/2.8 ... f/3.5) can result in a double portrait of a more asymmetrical relationship (with one person being more dominant or important than the other). A deeper depth of field (e.g. with an aperture of c. f/4.5 ... f/5.6) can result in an similar sharpness of the two subjects and might emphasize a more symmetrical, balanced or equal relationship.


Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; people; portrait; head shot; night shot; colour; flash; Nikon DSLR D3100; 50 mm prime lens; Nikon SB-400; Asia; Southeast Asia; Northern Thailand; Chiang Mai Province; Mae Chaem; Yi Peng; beauty contest; beauty pageant; Thai beauty; beautiful; Lanna culture; costume; make-up; flowers in hair; red lips; eye contact; world cultures; travel; travel destination; false eyelashes; tarted up; dolled up to the nines; necklace; drop earrings; village beauty; hairdo; yellow orchids; double portrait; duo portrait

street portrait; double portrait; mother and daughter; beautiful; people; Vietnam; Hanoi; Vietnamese women; duo portrait

China; Beijing; Donghuamen night market; Chinese food delicacies; Chinese boy eating noodles; chop sticks; fried noodles; spicy noodles; dry noodles; Matt Hahnewald; Facing the World; portrait; street portrait; food; double portrait; duo portrait
people; street portrait; headshot; face; India; Goa; Muslim lady; abaya; tourist; niqab; eye contact; eyes; Nikon DSLR D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; portrait; double portrait; duo portrait

close up; people; street portrait; China; Yunnan; hill tribe; ethnic minority; traditional costume; Yuanyang; Hani people; double portrait; duo portrait




Cropping refers to the removal of the outer parts of an image to improve framing, accentuate subject matter (or change the aspect ratio), and it seems to be another key for double portraits; sometimes it’s as simple as cutting out the distractions...


Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photo; image; closeup; grinning; smiling; street double portrait; outdoor; world cultures; cultural; character; two people; male; children; boys; ethnic; human; face; eyes; eye contact; Brahmin boys; fun; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portrait; portraiture; environmental double portrait; ethnic double portrait; travel double portrait; travel destination; colour; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; posing; Pokhara; Lakeside; Asia; South Asia; Basundhara Park; Central Nepal; Newari temple; Kedareshwar Mahadev Mani Temple; Hinduism; devotee; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; colourful; en face; front view; Hindu; religion; tripundra; Shiva; looking at camera; horizontal format; incredible; wild; ethnicity; V sign; gesture; body language; Sanskrit students; laughing; vibhuti; sikha haircut; hairstyle; shorn; scalplock; pranking; behaving mischievously; codding; kidding around; sunshine; duo portrait
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photo; image; closeup; grinning; smiling; street double portrait; outdoor; world cultures; cultural; character; two people; male; children; boys; ethnic; human; face; eyes; eye contact; Brahmin boys; fun; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portrait; portraiture; environmental double portrait; ethnic double portrait; travel double portrait; travel destination; colour; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; posing; Pokhara; Lakeside; Asia; South Asia; Basundhara Park; Central Nepal; Newari temple; Kedareshwar Mahadev Mani Temple; Hinduism; devotee; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; colourful; en face; front view; Hindu; religion; tripundra; Shiva; looking at camera; horizontal format; incredible; wild; ethnicity; V sign; gesture; body language; Sanskrit students; laughing; vibhuti; sikha haircut; hairstyle; shorn; scalplock; pranking; behaving mischievously; codding; kidding around; sunshine; duo portrait
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; photo; image; closeup; grinning; smiling; street double portrait; outdoor; world cultures; cultural; character; two people; male; children; boys; ethnic; human; face; eyes; eye contact; Brahmin boys; fun; photography; consent; empathy; rapport; portrait; portraiture; environmental double portrait; ethnic double portrait; travel double portrait; travel destination; colour; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; posing; Pokhara; Lakeside; Asia; South Asia; Basundhara Park; Central Nepal; Newari temple; Kedareshwar Mahadev Mani Temple; Hinduism; devotee; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; colourful; en face; front view; Hindu; religion; tripundra; Shiva; looking at camera; horizontal format; incredible; wild; ethnicity; double V sign; gesture; body language; Sanskrit students; laughing; vibhuti; sikha haircut; hairstyle; shorn; scalplock; pranking; behaving mischievously; codding; kidding around; sunshine; duo portrait
Street double portrait photographs from Asia in Matt Hahnewald's