I'd like to see people's opinions on the definition of a portrait, after discussing this topic with a few friends of mine, it opened up quite the discuission, which turned into a bit of an opinionated arguement with no end.
I'm curious to see how the flickr community views this classification of photography.
So, first off, What is your definition of Portraiture/Portrait Photography?
Does it differ of how the photograph is composed, or what the subject is?
Do you think a photograph of an animal is defined as a portrait as well?
I think these terms can always be quite subjective. A portrait focuses on a subject, and the composition will emphasize the subject. I definitely think an animal photo can be called a portrait. It does depend on the lighting and the way you frame the photo though. For example, I wouldn't just call an ordinary photo of an animal at the zoo a portrait, unless you capture a specific moment that distinguishes it from the typical animal.