Types of Portraits.
There are three basic types of portraits which you will be required to shoot for official Army use. These
include: identification, formal, and informal. An identification portrait shows a person as he ordinarily
looks. A formal portrait shows a person to his best advantage, and an informal portrait shows a person
as he appears in his natural environment. Figure 1-1 illustrates the three types of portraits.
Figure 1-1. Three basic types of portraits
Your assignment will tell you directly or indirectly which types of portraits to take. For example, the
assignment may say to take a picture of Sergeant Jack Jones for an ID badge, or to take an identification
portrait of the sergeant. In either case, you know you must take an identification portrait.
Although you usually do not choose the type of portrait, if you can recognize which type is required, you
will then know what procedure to use for taking the picture. In general, all portraits are similar, and the
procedures for making them are the same; but, as you learn more about producing portraits you will find
there are some differences in the various types.
a. Identification Portraits. Identification portraits are used for badges, ID cards, gate passes, and
formal records; in other words, for security and legal reasons. The purpose of the photograph is so
others who are unfamiliar with a person can recognize that person on sight. Thus, an identification
portrait must show the person as he ordinarily looks.