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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.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments

Even the best photographers mess up on occasion, and the trick is to not get lazy and make the same mistake twice. The video below illustrates three common composition errors, and explains how to avoid them.

Lynne Eodice  |  Jul 01, 2004  |  1 comments

In his day, Father Ambrose Mattingly ministered to the Native Americans in the northern Great Plains, and had a small photography studio in South Dakota near the mission at Village Stephan. From 1895--1905, this Benedictine monk took pictures of various tribes in his studio and at several South Dakota Indian reservations, including...

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Aug 04, 2013  |  0 comments

What every photographer should own; add to that list an inexpensive collapsible reflector.

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.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 31, 2019  |  0 comments

Shooting outdoor portraits in natural light seems easy, right, especially on a sunny day. Well, it may be easy to shoot them, but you won’t, necessarily, get flattering shots if you don’t know how to use the sun to your advantage.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani’s latest photo project is pure trash, which is exactly the point. Titled “Trash Heroes,” it looks at what we, as humans, decide to throw away and why.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Mar 29, 2016  |  0 comments

Because her intent is to get the absolute best image in-camera, Lindsey Thorne is “pretty exact when it comes to lighting and posing.” When she describes her studio, the scene of almost all her boudoir sessions, as “modest and simple,” she’s citing an advantage. “I love shooting in a smaller room because I have so much control over the light.”

Ron Leach  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  0 comments

We often turn to Joe Edelman for easy-to-follow tutorials enabling readers to shoot like a pro without a lot of fancy gear. In the video below, you’ll learn how to create beautiful bikini glamour photos in less than five minutes.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 22, 2017  |  0 comments

Here's a tutorial for photographers who’d like to try their hand at portraiture, but lack the specialized skills and expensive lighting equipment they think are necessary. As you’ll see in this video, all you really need for great results are the quick tips below and a large window.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Most of us improve our photography skills by studying both the do’s and the don’ts of our craft. In this quick tutorial, you’ll see how to make more creative outdoor portraits by avoiding five common mistakes, 

Ron Leach  |  Dec 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Now that the holidays are upon us, many photographers will be shooting portraits of friends and family. And whether or not you’re experienced at taking people pictures, the following tutorial will help you capture memorable photos of your loved ones.

Jack Neubart  |  Mar 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Photographing people for a living can prove intimidating for many photographers. Now add “celebrity” to that and you may find you have to step up your game several notches to stand on equal footing with your subject. You can’t afford to be intimidated and you certainly can’t afford to appear unsure of yourself or to question your decisions. You have to enter the picture with a game plan and be decisive, know which lens you’ll be using, what lights, and where to place those lights. But you also have to be prepared for the unexpected. That’s why they give these jobs to photographers such as Victoria Will.

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.

Joe Farace  |  Mar 21, 2017  |  0 comments

In the trifecta of portrait lenses—85mm, 105mm, and 135mm—the 85mm focal length is the gateway. It’s short enough for tight shooting spaces, while producing a real portrait look, yet versatile enough for use in other genres, including photojournalism, where a nifty 50 comes up a bit short. Enter Sigma’s 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens ($1,199) that’s fast enough for reportage and long enough for portraiture.

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