Portrait Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 29, 2018  |  0 comments

Think you’ve run out of ideas for posing models for your portrait photography and fashion shoots? Think again. Those helpful folks at Mango Street have a new video where they show you “9 Model Poses in 90 Seconds.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  0 comments

Not every portrait photographer has access to a professional model who knows how to "strike a pose," which makes your job a bit easier. In fact, many photographers who are just starting out use friends and family and their amateur posing techniques can be a bit awkward, to say the least.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Manny Ortiz is a Chicago-based photographer known for capturing the personality of his subjects. He’s also a good instructor, and in the four-minute video below he provides some great posing tips for budding portrait photographers.

Ron Leach  |  May 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Jennifer Borget is a photographer and journalist who offers great advice on simple ways to take dynamic photos. She’s also an energetic mother of two young children, and in the quick tutorial below she demonstrates how you can shoot self-portraits with your kids that you’ll cherish forever.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 28, 2016  |  0 comments

When discussing photography gear, Joe Edelman likes to say “Keep it simple, stupid.” That’s exactly what he does in this quick video tutorial that will teach you how to make dramatic portraits and beauty shots with one monolight or speedlight and a single reflector.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s July 5th and a lot of folks in the U.S. are just coming back to work after celebrating Independence Day. And yes, it’s been hard to concentrate today after downing hotdogs and cold beer and watching fireworks explode over our heads the night before. So why not watch a fun photography video to lighten the back-to-work doldrums?

Maria Piscopo  |  Mar 15, 2016  |  1 comments

R. J. Kern is the owner and photographer of Kern-Photo, a Minneapolis-based wedding photography business. He started the company eight years ago after spending five years with the National Geographic Society. His wedding photography locations range from backyards to destinations around the world. He also teaches photography workshops and has won many awards, including making the “50 Top US Wedding Photographers”.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 28, 2018  |  0 comments

Boudoir photography is a unique form of portraiture, requiring specialized shooting skills, expertise in communicating with models, and a bit of wisdom when selecting the right gear. In this quick video, a Los Angeles-based pro reveals the three lenses he uses, and explains which ones might work best for you.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever wondered what the Caped Crusader looked like when he’s not out fighting crime, Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani shows you in his whimsically fun new photo series titled Daily Batman. In the series, Magnani sets Batman up in a variety of scenarios in Zurich, Switzerland that look far from his dark superhero life in Gotham City.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments

We regularly post portrait tutorials, and they typically involve shooting and posing techniques, lighting guidelines, and image-editing tips. In the video below, you’ll get one pro’s take on the best focal length lens for creating pleasing results.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re shopping for a portrait lens, or just trying to figure out which lens you own is best for people pictures, we encourage you to watch this video from AdoramaTV before making a decision. Phoenix-based pro Mark Wallace offers an interesting perspective that may challenge some of your preconceptions.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 18, 2018  |  0 comments

Any photographer who’s worked with a model knows that one of the hardest things about the process is creating photogenic poses. It might seem simple, but it most certainly is not.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 17, 2017  |  0 comments

Shooting evocative portraits in the field requires special skills, especially when photographing indigenous peoples in faraway locations. In this interesting tutorial, you’ll learn why one pro says the key to travel portraiture is “knowing where your subject’s eyes should be looking.”

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 23, 2019  |  0 comments

What is the best lens for portrait photography? It's an eternal question for photographers and one that Matt Granger tries to answer in the below video where he compares shooting portraits with an 85mm lens vs a 105mm lens vs a 70-200mm lens.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Given a choice between a fast 85mm f/1.4 prime lens and a fast-and-versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, which lens would you choose to shoot outdoor portraits? While the answer may seem obvious, experienced portrait photographer Manny Ortiz decided to find out by taking both lenses along to shoot his pretty wife Diana against a backdrop of the Chicago skyline.

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