KISS ( keep it simple,stupid) Portraits Part -1

Can the KISS principle work in photography?

In my opinion YES .

Infact I make sure that I apply the KISS principle most of the time in my photography.This particular set of portraits were shot with the same KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID philosophy in mind.2016-01-28-07.22.15-1-01-01.jpeg.jpeg

OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

For this session I found a abandoned house which is close to my house where I live. Abandoned places in my opinion are interesting locations since they have those worn out walls,doors and windows.They add nice contrast and texture in the frame. But any interesting location can be good enough to shoot portraits.

I mostly prefer shooting between 4-6 pm in the day when the sun is not very harsh.The light available at least in Mumbai at this particular time is soft and can lit your subject evenly.

For this set of portraits I tried consciously to place the subject in front of a interesting yet non disturbing background.The coloured wall in my opinion added nice element of colour. I also shot as many angles I thought would look nice.

The gear used was Olympus OM-D E-M10 with a Olympus 25mm f1.8(user experience review of the lens is here). No flash or reflectors were used for this particular set of portraits.Total time taken to shoot this pictures was 35 mins max.

It was really as simple in practice as I explained here in the post above.

Do you practice the KISS principle in your photography? Did it work for you and how was your experience? kindly feel free to express in the comments section below and share the article with your friends who may find this article interesting.

Important notes 

All images seen in the post were shot as JPEGS and then transferred via WIFI to my phone and were minimally edited in Snapseed and VSCO for Android.

Thanks and enjoy the pictures.

imageOLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO200)

imageOLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO200)

imageOLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/50 sec, ISO200)

imageOLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M10 (25mm, f/1.8, 1/80 sec, ISO200)

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I'm a self-taught photographer whose interest lies in shooting people, fashion, food and life-style.This blog documents my endeavors in photography.


  1. Divya
    February 8, 2016

    I’m so glad 2 knw dat… I alwys luv 2 check out ur pictures… And luv ur photography

  2. kande.raviraj
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks very much

  3. Shankar Iyer
    February 8, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this. Even I love travelling and photography. I feel your blog will help me in learning the intricacies of this art. I had bought a NIKON automatic camera when I when to LEH on bike in 2010. However nothing much happened after that. Would like to meet you one of these days to show you my camera and learn how to get optimum result out of it. Your blog has come at a very appropriate time for me. Will be in touch !!!

  4. Naveen Kommineni
    February 8, 2016

    Way to go Raja. I have been waiting for this blog for a long time.. 🙂

    • kande.raviraj
      February 10, 2016

      Thanks Naveen very much .

  5. Rahul Dutta
    February 9, 2016

    A photographer who can see the potential in every location is the one who will capture great photos anywhere.

  6. Jaime Silva
    February 12, 2016

    Congratulations on your new Blog.
    I love this series of portraits. They are excellent.
    Very simple but very well done. Also, beautiful model.

    Best Regards,

    • kande.raviraj
      February 12, 2016

      Jamie thanks for visiting the blog and for the compliments .

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