Portrait Photography How To

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Dan Havlik  |  Feb 24, 2020  |  0 comments

Backlit portraits are tricky to pull off. Do them improperly, and you'll have a flat silhouette lacking in detail and impact. Do them, right though, and they can look pretty spectacular.

Henry Anderson  |  Feb 19, 2020  |  0 comments

Here's a quick and fun portrait photography tutorial from Jessica Kobeissi. In the below video she shows you five creative lighting ideas you can try on your next photo shoot.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 17, 2020  |  0 comments

We like it when photographers have fun with their gear and try out new things, especially when it relates to the creative use of lenses. In the below video, the gang on Mango Street break out a 400mm Canon lens for a portrait shoot.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 11, 2020  |  0 comments

Brett Seeley is a professional fitness photographer based in Hawaii and he's worked with many models over the years. Through his experience he's learned some of the best poses for fitness models that you can try with anyone posing for your photos, whether you're out on the beach or on the trail.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 06, 2020  |  0 comments

As photographers, we're always trying to make our subjects look better in portrait photos. But did you know there are quite a few tricks you can use to make you make people in photos look amazing?

Henry Anderson  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  0 comments

Photographer Miguel Quiles is back with more great portrait photography hacks you'll wish you knew sooner. Last summer, we shared Quiles' first video with some easy portrait tips and now he's got "round 2" with five additional tricks to help you shoot pro-level portraits in no time.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2020  |  0 comments

Most photographers know that “Golden Hour”—the time right after sunrise or just before sunset—can be the best time to shoot. And that often holds true when photographing landscapes, portraits, and just about anything else. Despite the beautiful soft reddish light at prime time, a quick edit in Lightroom can often turn a good image into a great one.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 29, 2020  |  0 comments

Every so often we post something a bit different, intended to illustrate the power of photography, give us pause, and cause us to reflect upon how provocative images have the ability change the way we view our world. This is one such post, with photo collages of people who live completely different lives.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 28, 2020  |  0 comments

Formal portraits and other people pictures are typically most compelling when precise focus is attained on a subject’s eyes, but that’s not always easy to accomplish depending upon your camera settings. Even if you switch from multi- to single-point focus, there’s often a better way to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 27, 2020  |  0 comments

Some photographers are a bit intimated by the thought of giving boudoir photography a try—even if they’re adept at portraiture. That’s because shooting sensual models often requires a different style of posing.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 24, 2020  |  0 comments

Not all photographers can afford fancy "hair and makeup" people to make sure their models are free of blemishes for the next photo shoot. And, even if you have the best makeup person on the planet, sometimes blemishes shine through in portraits. (It's amazing what high-resolution digital cameras can capture in an image these days; sometimes a lot of unwanted stuff, when it comes to portraits.)

Ron Leach  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever tried your hand at portraiture, you probably know that there’s more to the craft than technical mastery and good gear. In fact, one of the variables that can make the difference between a good portrait and a great one is the skill to pleasingly pose a model.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  1 comments

The difference between making captivating portraits and those that don’t quite work often requires nothing more than some solid advice from an expert. If you’re struggling to capture stunning portraits, the quick video below may forever change your technique. 

Ron Leach  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments

Shooting portraits that make you and your model proud requires a fair amount of skill and preparation. And as you’ll see in this quick tutorial, doing things a bit differently can make your images stand out from the rest.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments

Boudoir photography is really popular these days, but if you’ve ever tried this type of work, you know that sometimes images don’t look as enticing on the computer as they did through the viewfinder. The goal of this humorous-but-helpful tutorial is to keep you from saying, “Oh my goodness, this is embarrassing” when you review your results.

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