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The Editors  |  Jan 05, 2021  |  0 comments

Welp, that was an interesting year! But let's move on, shall we, because as the old expression goes, "may you live in interesting times" is both a blessing and a curse. 2020, aka annus horribilis, was also an unusual year in the photography world, which is reflected in our annual rundown of Shutterbug's most popular stories of the year.

Roberto Valenzuela  |  Dec 16, 2020  |  0 comments

When I was invited to create five lighting tips for this Exploring Light column, my initial thought was to avoid common lighting tips you’re familiar with and likely using now. Instead, I wanted to offer a few tips and techniques that have benefited me throughout my career while shooting portraits.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 11, 2020  |  0 comments

One of the most classic looks in photography and filmmaking is the silhouette. A dark shape, such as person's body, outlined against a brighter background in dim lighting creates drama and mystery in your photos.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 03, 2020  |  0 comments

The holidays are upon us and they offer a great opportunity to capture festive memories for family and friends to enjoy. The quick video below will help you get into the Christmas spirit, with some fun and easy tips for making Christmas photos as home.

Amanda Stevens  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments

In this portrait photography how-to, photographer Amada Stevcens shares five tips to help you get the best out of your shots when using only minimal photography gear

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 30, 2020  |  0 comments

We all know that lighting can make or break a portrait photo. But you might not realize how crucial lighting really is to portrait photography until you watch the below video from Sawyer Hartman.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 28, 2020  |  0 comments

Yesterday we featured an interesting tutorial explaining how to make breathtaking portraits without fancy gear. Today we’re taking simplicity to the next level, with eight DIY lighting hacks using common household to create very special effects.

Dan Havlik  |  Oct 23, 2020  |  0 comments

Natural light portrait photography is appealing because you don't need to bring complicated and cumbersome strobes and flashes to your shoot. Photographing portraits in natural light, however, is a lot more challenging than people realize, especially when the light doesn't cooperate.

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 15, 2020  |  0 comments

Believe it or not but you don't need a lot of fancy gear to shoot a professional-looking portrait photo. In the below tutorial, pro photographer Joel Grimes shares some fun and easy tips on how to shoot striking portrait photos with basic equipment.

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 12, 2020  |  0 comments

Using a flash to shoot a portrait is not as hard as it may look. Getting the flash lighting right, however, is essential to capturing a flattering photo of your subject.

Dan Havlik  |  Sep 21, 2020  |  0 comments

Professional portrait photographer Anita Sadowska is back with her latest lighting tips and advice. This time she's comparing what it's like to shoot portraits in direct sunlight vs shooting backlit portraits vs shooting in an indoor studio using strobes.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 31, 2020  |  0 comments

Just because you're shooting portraits indoors doesn't mean you need to be a slave to artificial light. Yes, even in the studio you can shoot beautiful portraits using only natural light.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 20, 2020  |  0 comments

The art of capturing sensuous boudoir photographs needn’t be complicated, nor does it require a fancy studio outfitted with expensive gear. As you’ll see in the following video, all you really need—apart from your camera and a lens—is an attractive model, one continuous light, and a nearby window. Best yet, you can get the job done in the comfort of your home.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 14, 2020  |  0 comments

Everyone is being forced to a get a little more creative lately with their photo shoots because of the pandemic. One photographer who is pulling out all the stops with her creativity is Anita Sadowska who has adapted to the difficult current conditions quite swimmingly, pun intended.

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