President Obama’s Official Portrait

President Obama's Official Portrait

President Obama's Official Portrait

To the left is the first Official Portrait of President Barack Obama. The photo was released on the 14th January 2009 from the Office of The President Elect. The portrait was taken by the newly appointed White House photographer Pete Souza.

According to this Presendital Portrait is the first for a US President  to be taken with a digital camera. The camera honor goes to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The EXIF data is embeded on the photograph and it was taken on January 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm with no flash, using a 105mm lens stopped to f/10 at a 1/125 exposure, with an ISO of 100. The photograph was processed on a Mac using Adobe CS3. However, I see one error and that is the photograph is labeled in the EXIF data as being copyrighted 2008 by Peter Souza even though the photo was taken in 2009.


8 thoughts on “President Obama’s Official Portrait

  1. Speaking as a photographer I don’t like it, Obama is too square, too head on.

    Perhaps a little angle and lean to one side with a slight turn of the head might have helped model his face with a little more light and shadow.

  2. Maybe we will see more portraits from Peter Souza soon. I like the uneven lighting but you are right, a little angel might have been better. I am wondering if there is some “official” format for Presedential portraits.

  3. Well, It is the type of thing that is used in a zillion frames on a zillion walls across the world where the President is shown in the chain of command of the U. S. Government. Go into any state or federal office and you will see something similar along with many others.

    He does seem approachable in the photo yet dignified. As an amateur photographer I would agree that the composition could be more interesting, but I don’t think this photo was for that purpose.


  4. I don’t think that it was suppose to be a classic portrait but it is an historical one. It would also be used as a reference to see how well Obama ages over time.

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