Papua may derive from the Malay word pua-pua ("fuzzy hair") and the island was called "Nueva Guinea" by the Spanish in 1545 because its people reminded them of the inhabitants of Guinea in Africa. They have close genetic links to the aborigines of Australians and the Philippines but diverged about 36,000 years ago.
Papua New Guinea – Photo Tip

For striking portraits, get up close

Photo by Timothy Allen

Papua New Guinea – Photo Tip For striking portraits, get up close

Many of you who follow my photography will be aware of my dislike for the dependence many travel photographers have on their long lenses for shooting portraits of people.

Timothy Allen
Timothy Allen Travel Photographer

For me, lenses of 200mm or above tend to create a large distance – both physically and emotionally – between photographer and subject. Since I am always striving for intimacy in my pictures, I tend to stick to shorter lenses, my favorites being the 50mm and 85mm.

Using shorter lenses forces you to connect with the people you are photographing because you literally have to be much closer to them. Of course, it makes candid photography harder but certainly not impossible. You just have to become good at making people feel at ease in your presence, which is a life skill rather than a photography skill.

Sometimes when it is impossible to get in close I will use a long lens. However, in order to create the sense of intimacy I will often wait for strong eye contact with my subject. It always amazes me how often people will sense a camera from quite a long way away and momentarily glance in its direction. That is the moment to press the shutter, as with these photographs I took in Papua New Guinea.

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A clan member at the Mont Hagen Cultural Show is captured with a long lens. Photo by Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Aperture
ƒ/18/10
Exposure
1/3200
ISO
640
Focal
85/1 mm

A clan member at the Mont Hagen Cultural Show is captured with a long lens.

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