21 Dramatic Portraits To Inspire You


One of the things that you soon discover when you take photography seriously is that portrait photography is actually quite difficult if you want to get an original shot or a portrait that stands out from the crowd.

The skill of taking a powerful portrait can make a career if you're good enough, but what does it even mean to take a “powerful portrait?”

Well, you know it when you see it! We thought we would put together a collection of exceptional portraits that might be a little bit outside the norm, but we think are great (and we also think you will agree!)

If you'd like to develop a powerful style around your own portrait photography, then one exceptional course that will help you do exactly that is Expert Photography's Dreamy Childhood Portraits. It will take you WAY outside the traditional portrait that you might be used to seeing.

dramatic sporty portrait
Photo by Lance Reis
dramatic lighting portrait
Photo by Javier Reyes
dramatic studio portrait
Photo by Noah Buscher
dramatic black and white portrait
Photo by Janko Ferlic
outdoor portrait strong lighting
Photo by Valerie Elash
soft light creative portrait
Photo by Maksim Istomin
low light portrait
Photo by Dalton Smith
creative studio portrait cloudy
Photo by Shelby Miller
black and white portrait flowing hair
Photo by Alexander Krivitskiy
strong light portrait
Photo by Vinicius Amano
creative outdoor portrait
Photo by Artem Kniaz

If you are wondering how to get your own ideas in creating powerful portraits, then a good starting point is our own quite comprehensive page of portrait photography resources.

silhouette portrait
Photo by Ximena Nahmias
Photo by Vladyslav Tobolenko
red portrait
Photo by Danny Lines
dramatic black and white
Photo by Emiliano Vittoriosi
green hazy portrait
Photo by Resat Kuleli
portrait by the window
Photo by BenMoses M
closeup dark portrait
Photo by Quinton Coetzee
winter portrait
Photo by Tandem X Visuals
purple dramatic portrait
Photo by Tandem X Visuals
dramatic black and white portrait
Photo by Emiliano Vittoriosi

As we mentioned above, if these powerful portraits have inspired you to develop your own photography skills in portraiture, then a solid next step would be taking a look at Dreamy Childhood Portraits here. It covers exactly the skills in developing a personal style around powerful portraiture.

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About Author

Rob is the founder of Light Stalking. His love for photography started as a child with a Kodak Instamatic and pushed him into building this fantastic place all these years later, and you can get to know him better here.
Rob's Gear
Camera: Nikon D810
Lenses: Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

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