Portrait Photography How To

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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.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 31, 2019  |  0 comments

We finish the year with a classic tutorial from photographer Julia Trotti who shares her tips on how to pose people who are not models to produce attractive portraits. The video is from a few years ago but the topic might sound familiar because Trotti recently produced a popular tutorial on how to pose, specifically, men who are not models.

Henry Anderson  |  Dec 24, 2019  |  0 comments

Recently we shared a popular tutorial on how to pose men who are not models for portrait shoots, and now here's another helpful video on how to work with male models who have more experience posing. Enthusiast photographers and aspiring pros should find a lot of helpful tips in the video on how to direct models and create a visual storyline for your shoots.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 23, 2019  |  0 comments

Amateurs vs pro photographers are always fun challenges because it shows how much experienced shooters bring to the table in photography, and how much just "having a good eye," is important too. In the below video, pro photographer Anita Sadowska goes up against an amateur she knows quite well: her boyfriend.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 19, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographer Julia Trotti's fans have been asking her to do a video on how to pose males who are not models for portrait photos for some time, and this year she finally delivered. And, no surprise since there's been a big demand, the tutorial was her most popular of the year, garnering over a million views on YouTube, and counting.

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