How to Get the Best from Portrait Subjects: Josh Wool

November 23, 2015

By Conor Risch

© Josh Wool

Josh Wool believes the most important part of making a portrait is keeping his subject engaged. His pre-shoot preparation allows him to focus on his sitter rather than on adjusting his lighting or camera gear.

In his portraiture, Josh Wool is drawn to the tension created by a perceived “juxtaposition between what’s on the surface and what’s underneath.” Wool’s preparation and the way he directs his subjects are essential to achieving a consistent, soulful look in his photographs, he says. Wool creates black-and-white and color portraits, and also uses alternative processes. He says that making...

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