Lighting How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 27, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever shot portraits in front of a seamless white background or a cyclorama, you’ve probably had to deal with pesky background shadows. They’re fine if you’re going for a dramatic look in your portraits, but what if you wanted something cleaner as your background to draw attention to your subject?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  0 comments

If you think studio lighting is too difficult or challenging, you’re wrong. In the quick and easy lighting how-to video below from photographer Brett Seeley, he shows you how you can do 13 eye-catching lighting setups with just one light.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 12, 2018  |  0 comments

The flash vs natural light debate is almost as old as photography itself. (Or at least as old as flash photography itself.) Photographer Craig Beckta recently jumped into the fray with the below video, which is titled “7 Reasons Why Flash Is Better for Portraits Than Natural Light.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 31, 2018  |  0 comments

In the below outdoor portrait photography from Ed Gregory of Photos in Color, he explains how to balance flash with low ambient light to create professional-looking outdoor portraits that pop. In the video, Gregory walks you through how these portrait lighting techniques work to help you improve your outdoor portraits.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 11, 2018  |  0 comments

Pro photographer Anita Sadowska has been photographing professional models for much of her career, so, naturally, she has a thing or two to say about how it’s done. In the below video, Sadowska offers her tips, tricks and advice on how to capture gorgeous shots of professional fashion models.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Watch this helpful simple lighting tip from photographer Michael Sasser in two steps. It deals with how to shoot portraits in natural light, which makes it perfect for just about any photographer, whether you’re shooting photos of friends and family on vacation, or capturing models in a professional fashion shoot outdoors in sunlight.

Gavin Hoey  |  Jun 21, 2018  |  0 comments

Shooting portraits on location with a wide aperture can result in some great images, but if, like me, you want to underexpose the ambient light for a more dramatic effect, you’ll quickly realize there’s a problem with shutter speed and off camera flash.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  0 comments

There’s an easy way to make your beauty shots even more stunning: just add some colored gels to your lighting. Editorial fashion photographer Jake Hicks shows how in the below video where he shoots a portrait session at home and gets a variety of attractive looks.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Daniel Norton is a NY-based photographer known for his striking portrait and fashion images, and in this quick tutorial he demonstrates one of his favorite techniques—backlighting a subject for a dramatic effect.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Photography gear is great, but photography gear can be expensive and it’s always so much more fun and cheap when you can make it yourself. In the below video from COOPH, they teach you how to do just that.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 23, 2018  |  0 comments

Manny Ortiz is a photographer who always has helpful, easy-to-understand lighting tips and his latest tutorial is no exception. In the below video he shows you how to use off-camera flash outdoors in three minutes.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 20, 2018  |  0 comments

While Glamour photography might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are still many photographers out there who specialize in this revealing type of erotic portraiture. One such photographer is Nino Batista who is regarded as one of the premier glamour photography and retouching educators in the U.S.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 17, 2018  |  0 comments

It’s one of the eternal debates in photography: which is better, shooting with a flash or with just natural light? Two professional photographers who we have featured on Shutterbug many times recently tried to find in a “Natural Light vs Off Camera Flash Challenge.” The results might surprise you.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 16, 2018  |  1 comments

Photographers can’t seem to get enough of natural lighting tips and we can’t get enough of photographer Julia Trotti’s great portrait photography tutorials. 

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 16, 2018  |  0 comments

As part of his “Good Light: Learning to Write with Light and Shadow” series, photographer Sean Tucker has released this gem of a tutorial. In the short video below, Tucker shows you how to find good natural light to help you shoot stunning portraits.

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