Ariana Bifulco of Boston, Massachusetts asks, â€œHow do you get your portraits of famous people without them looking staged and without becoming overawed with the person you are photographing?â€
Harry Benson replies, â€œI always try to keep a â€˜no manâ€™s landâ€™ between the subject and me â€“ friendly but not familiar. Iâ€™m there to do a job, not to try to become their friend. I was intimated when I was much younger, but now, I just go in and do my job. To get a good picture is the bottom line.â€
Questions and answers like these are featured in this monthâ€™s Kingston Icons of Photography where noted photographers Harry Benson, Colin Finlay, Gerd Ludwig and Peter Read Miller address questions by professional and aspiring digital photographers.
Kingstonâ€™s Ask the Icon feature offers practical advice on photography including those related to equipment, how to capture better images and marketing oneâ€™s work.
Kingstonâ€™s â€˜Icons of Photographyâ€™ program consists of three elementsâ€”20 Questions, Ask the Icon and Critique My Image. Through the program, professional photographers and enthusiasts can improve their techniques by submitting their own photography for constructive critique.