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The Editors Posted: Jun 01, 2003 1 comments

Try these for better people-pictures

1. Action Portrait
If a portrait subject has an active hobby, photograph him or her in action doing it. If the action is rapid, use a fast shutter speed or electronic flash (fill-flash was used for the skateboarder), and take lots of shots to enhance your chances of getting that...

The Editors Posted: Mar 01, 2002 0 comments

Helpful hints for better people-pictures

1. Use the Best Focal Length
The best lens for portraits is more often than not a short telephoto—85-135mm for a 35mm camera. Why? Because short teles produce a good head size at a shooting distance that produces pleasant perspective. If you use a wide-angle lens, you have to move very close to your subject to get a good head...

Text and photography by Lynne Eodice Posted: May 01, 2005 0 comments

There are several approaches to photographing couples. As with all portraiture, you can pose the two people for a more-formal look. Or you can shoot a more-candid portrayal that will convey the strong relationship between them. For example, just watch through your viewfinder and click the shutter when you see a special look or gesture that passes between them. Whichever approach...

Scott Kelby Posted: Nov 24, 2015 1 comments

Hi everybody! I’m very excited to be launching a new Q&A column here in Shutterbug—a magazine I’ve been reading, and been a fan of, for so many years—so it’s truly an honor to be here with you. I invite you to send in your questions to editorial@shutterbug.com, and I’ll do my best to answer them in Ask a Pro. OK, let’s jump right to it.

Lynne Eodice Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments

During his 30 years as a photojournalist, PF Bentley has attained rare access to numerous political figures and sought-after news events. He's known for his skill for getting close to his subjects without intruding on the events he's recording. Of this special talent, Bentley simply remarks, "I can blend into any wall." He rarely uses strobe; instead, he...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Nov 01, 2004 0 comments

Swedish photographer Carl Rytterfalk is no stranger to high technology, having been introduced to computers as a child. "I played around with my grandfather's Victor 8086 computer," he explains. "He had a dot matrix printer and I printed endless amounts of Japanese and Chinese ASCII characters." Later, he adds, "My father bought a mouse and...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Feb 01, 2003 0 comments

Jason Lauré is a veteran of some 25 books during his years as a highly accomplished photojournalist, and his latest--Africatrek--is his most personal book to date. As the subtitle states, this story is "an American photographer's odyssey through Africa." However, this book offers us even more. It's the journey of Lauré's life...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Apr 01, 2003 0 comments

All photos © Joyce Tenneson

 

As one of today's most successful and influential photographers, Joyce Tenneson has a unique gift for portraying a person's true character in her images. This ability to reveal the true persona in her portrait subjects has become her signature style--one that elicits an emotional response from the viewer.

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Lynne Eodice Posted: Jun 01, 2003 0 comments

Several years ago, singer Paula Cole posed the musical question, "Where have all the cowboys gone?" Apparently, photographer Kendall Nelson has the answer. In her book, Gathering Remnants: A Tribute to the Working Cowboy, Nelson delivers a starkly beautiful pictorial essay on the lives of cowboys who live on working ranches in the American west. For about three and a...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments

All Photos by Lara Jo Regan

 

As an award-winning photojournalist, Lara Jo Regan traveled widely on assignment for magazines like Time, Newsweek, and LIFE to document riots, slices of Americana, and some of the nation's poorest families. Her mother, a former socialite, once...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Aug 01, 2004 14 comments

All photos by Lotte Jacobi

 

Lotte Jacobi was renowned not only for her portraits of influential people, but equally, for her gift of revealing her subjects' inner being. She always insisted that her style was "the style of the person I'm photographing."...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Aug 01, 2004 0 comments

We rarely consider photographing shadows, but oftentimes the long shadows created in early morning or late afternoon light are so dramatic that they can actually become interesting subjects for our photos.

Shadows exist wherever light exists, but we tend to overlook them, partly because our eyes are drawn to light--and...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

All photos by Meg Smith

 

Meg Smith's wedding photography goes beyond the typically posed portraits--she has a gift for capturing special, intimate moments throughout the event, resulting in some very memorable images. Her attitude, which translates to her images is, "Weddings are fun--they're celebrations!" During the eight years...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Dec 01, 2003 2 comments

A successful commercial/editorial photographer in Orlando, Florida, Eric Dusenbery says he was greatly influenced by his father when honoring World War II veterans in his book, Veteran Voices. According to Dusenbery, he grew up listening to his father's WWII experiences in the South Pacific. "He was in New Guinea, the Philippines, and eventually went to Japan for a...

Lynne Eodice Posted: Nov 01, 2003 1 comments

All photos by Nick Kelsh

 

A veteran of nine photography books, Nick Kelsh offers photo guidance to the masses in a very appealing, reader-friendly manner, has provided beautiful nature images for a new edition of Rachel Carson's classic The Sense of Wonder, and has traveled far and wide to shoot compelling photographs for the A Day in the Life book series. His images...

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