Portrait Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 04, 2019  |  0 comments

Dodging and burning is one of the oldest darkroom tricks out there. But did you know that you can also employ this technique, which lets you selectively tweak exposure in a photo, using Photoshop as well?

Ron Leach  |  Dec 27, 2018  |  1 comments

According to image-editing expert Unmesh Dinda, “Removing flyaway hair can be one of the most frustrating and time-consuming parts of the portrait retouching process.” Fortunately, this chore can be accomplished in three simple steps, if you use Dinda’s technique.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 19, 2018  |  1 comments

There’s a big difference between a good portrait and a great portrait. Part of taking your portrait photography to the next level is adding some depth and pop to your photos, so they don’t look flat.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 17, 2018  |  0 comments

We love it when Photoshop pros share some of their insider tips and tricks with us. In the below video, photographer Irene Rudnyk does just that, sharing her “Top 10 Photoshop Hacks for Portraits.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  0 comments

There have been LOTs of videos in the last few years offering photography “hacks” to help give your images a unique look in no time. Here's another good one.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments

One of our favorite ongoing photography shows on YouTube is “4 Photographers Shoot the Same Model,” which just dropped its ninth episode on Jessica Kobeissi’s popular channel. In Episode 9, Kobeissi teams up with Brandon Woefel, Jon Sams, and Zach Allia to photograph model Sydney Harper.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Dec 10, 2018  |  0 comments

You’ve probably heard this one before: you should shoot portraits with mid-range lenses like an 85mm or an 100mm to create the most flattering look. Or this one: don’t shoot a portrait with a wide-angle lens because it will make a person’s face look distorted.

Tracie Maglosky  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  0 comments

Sometimes working with natural light is the best way to create a stunning portrait. I love lighting, don’t get me wrong and I use artificial light almost always. However, sometimes, the opportunity is right to allow natural light to be the only source.

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  0 comments

Travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert has been on worldwide photo tour, shooting images and sharing how-to videos about his experiences. During his travels, he’s mainly been using two lenses for his Sony mirrorless camera: a 16-35mm and 70-200mm f/2.8.

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  |  Nov 07, 2018  |  0 comments

So, you’ve shot a portrait and it looks…ok. Good but not great and certainly not at the level of a professional image you might see in a magazine.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Even top pro photographers can have trouble achieving ideal sharpness for portraits. Photographer and YouTuber Jessica Kobeissi has been there before, so she devised a 6-point system to help her get sharp portraits every time.

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.

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