These Child Zombie Photos Are the Stuff of Nightmares

Photographer Amanda J. Alvares specializes in shooting portraits, wedding, and… child zombie photos that may give you nightmares. Warning: Some may find the portraits in this post disturbing. The California-based photographer began offering zombie shoots to parents a few years ago after doing some Halloween mini sessions. “Out of the several clients I had that day, my zombie images were my favorite,” Alvares tells PetaPixel. “I don’t know of anyone locally that does zombies the way I do, so I turned my ‘Halloween’ mini sessions into zombie specific mini sessions.” The horror is created using a combination of
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My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click

My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click A couple of months ago, I finally pulled the trigger; I broke out my wallet and dropped a (rather large) chunk of change on my first mirrorless camera kit, the Fujifilm X-T2. I had been researching mirrorless options for almost a year, and finally landed there for a multitude of reasons. I was mainly interested in a mirrorless kit for use while traveling and backpacking, and loved the idea of a smaller, lighter kit. All signs started pointing at the X-T2 over the other long-term contender, the Olympus OM-D EM-1 MK II. It was only a couple of weeks before Continue reading "My First Shoot With the Fujifilm X-T2: A Tale of Love at First Click"

Hard Light Vs. Soft Light? You Decide

Hard Light Vs. Soft Light? You Decide Understanding light is at the heart of photography. The topic of light is a vast one but there are some fundamental concepts which should be mastered before all others. One of those is the difference between hard and soft light. [ Read More ]

Easily Balance Flash With Natural Light

Easily Balance Flash With Natural Light There are plenty of reasons you may want to blend natural light with flash. I know I rarely shoot with more than one strobe on location so the ambient light often acts as a fill light or rim light. Regardless of your reason to do so, knowing how to easily achieve this is extremely important. Check out this video where I explain my process for balancing strobes with natural light on location. [ Read More ]

Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session

Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session

You've probably seen some pretty comical behind-the-scenes images of the kinds of positions photographers put themselves in just to get a shot. They climb trees, hang off cliffs, stand in the middle of rivers, lay down in the dirt, all just to frame up that perfect shot. Well there's almost always a reason behind the madness and sometimes those reasons end up having a much bigger impact than most people might expect. Sometimes it's about getting a really intriguing angle on a particular subject, but I find myself laying in the dirt quite a lot just so I can create Continue reading "Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session"

Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session

Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session

You've probably seen some pretty comical behind-the-scenes images of the kinds of positions photographers put themselves in just to get a shot. They climb trees, hang off cliffs, stand in the middle of rivers, lay down in the dirt, all just to frame up that perfect shot. Well there's almost always a reason behind the madness and sometimes those reasons end up having a much bigger impact than most people might expect. Sometimes it's about getting a really intriguing angle on a particular subject, but I find myself laying in the dirt quite a lot just so I can create Continue reading "Try Laying in the Dirt for Your Next Outdoor Session"

The Keys to Composition in Filmmaking

The Keys to Composition in Filmmaking Composition may be one of the most widely discussed artistic aspects in photography. In theory, the idea is simple. Putting it to work, particularly in motion arts, is easier said than done. Composition is one of the most important creative aspects of any filmmaking. Simply put, it is the act of defining the position, arrangement, and view of objects within the frame. The composition is, in effect, representing the point of view of your viewer and it will have a direct impact on how that viewer feels when they see it. [ Read More ]

‘How to Create Portraiture That is a Work of Art’ with Lindsay Adler

'How to Create Portraiture That is a Work of Art' with Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is best known for creative fashion and beauty work, but aside from her stunning and unique photography, she’s a great speaker and educator. She recently gave a two-hour master class at B&H on how to create a portrait that is a work of art. Listen to her and learn how to elevate your imagery and improve your workflow from pre- to post-production if you wish to build a portfolio that stands out. [ Read More ]

‘How to Create Portraiture That is a Work of Art’ with Lindsay Adler

'How to Create Portraiture That is a Work of Art' with Lindsay Adler Lindsay Adler is best known for creative fashion and beauty work, but aside from her stunning and unique photography, she’s a great speaker and educator. She recently gave a two-hour master class at B&H on how to create a portrait that is a work of art. Listen to her and learn how to elevate your imagery and improve your workflow from pre- to post-production if you wish to build a portfolio that stands out. [ Read More ]

Can You Successfully Use LED Lights for Portraits?

Can You Successfully Use LED Lights for Portraits? LED lights are all the rage these days. Though they're already used quite a bit in the video industry, they're starting to make their way into the stills side of things, with folks like Peter Hurley embracing them. This great video examines the process of shooting portraits with LED panels, as well as the pros and cons of using them over strobes. [ Read More ]

Easy Tips for Setting Up Your Studio

Easy Tips for Setting Up Your Studio Photography can be quite an expensive hobby or career. Needless to say us photographers love our gear and always want more of it - or at least I do! Over the past couple of years, I've been transitioning from being primarily a wedding photographer to incorporating more studio photography in my business. I don't plan on leaving weddings, but I love having a couple more thousand dollars a month doing quick and easy headshot photography. Here's how I built my studio with both simplicity and quality in mind. [ Read More ]

How to Make a DIY Beauty Dish for Less Than $7

Beauty dishes are great pieces of equipment to have in your lighting arsenal, but they come at a price. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a dish, yet using a cheap shoot-through umbrella can easily produce the same effect, as this 10-minute tutorial by Joe Edelman shows. A beauty dish is very handy in portrait photography because of its very rapid fall-off of light. They’re ideal for using close to the subject, creating a fairly hard light without a hot spot. But a shoot-through umbrella allows you to recreate this effect, and they’re available for only $6. Your remaining buck
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Beware: What You Wear Can Affect the Portraits You Shoot

Here’s an interesting portraiture tip you may not have considered before: what you wear as a photographer can affect how your portraits turn out due to the reflected light. That’s what’s shown in this simple 43-second video by the Koldunov Brothers. We first see a demonstration of how the clothing worn by portrait subjects can bounce light differently onto their faces (you’ll see the differences in how illuminated the chins are in the following photos): This is something you may have noticed or realized before, but have you considered that your own clothing can also make a noticeable impact in
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Quick and Effective Way to Remove All Reflections in Glasses for Portrait Photography

Quick and Effective Way to Remove All Reflections in Glasses for Portrait Photography Glasses can be a real pain when shooting portraits. Perhaps the subject's glasses don't have the anti-glare coating or even if they do, sometimes your light source can still wreak havoc with reflections. Today I want to share a quick tip on dealing with this issue. Sometimes the reflections can be so bad, they cover a huge part of the actual eye. If it's a tiny spot in the corner of the glasses, we can easily clone it out but if it's covering half the eye that won't work so easily. [ Read More ]

This Duo Travels the World for Creative Architectural Portraits

Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís Benet are a photography duo who travel the world in search of eye-catching architecture. Once they find a great spot, they enter the frame and shoot creative portraits that play with the shapes, colors, and patterns of the buildings. The duo is based in Valencia, Spain, but they visit countries near and far in their hunt for photo ops. You can find more of their work on Rueda’s website, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as Benet’s website and Instagram. (via Daniel Rueda via Photoblog.hk)
Image credits: Photographs by Daniel Rueda
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This Duo Travels the World for Creative Architectural Portraits

Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís Benet are a photography duo who travel the world in search of eye-catching architecture. Once they find a great spot, they enter the frame and shoot creative portraits that play with the shapes, colors, and patterns of the buildings. The duo is based in Valencia, Spain, but they visit countries near and far in their hunt for photo ops. You can find more of their work on Rueda’s website, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as Benet’s website and Instagram. (via Daniel Rueda via Photoblog.hk)
Image credits: Photographs by Daniel Rueda
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