This Artist Creates Dreamlike Portraits by Combining Multiple Photos

Viktoria Solidarnyh is a Ukranian digital photo artist who creates surreal, dreamlike scenes by cutting out and combining elements from a large number of photos. She has released a number of behind-the-scenes diptychs showing her source images to reveal how her composites are made. DIYPhotography reports that it takes Solidarnyh an average of 3 to 5 days to find source photos and create her artworks using Photoshop and Lightroom (and armed with a graphics tablet). You can find more of Solidarnyh work on her Facebook, DeviantArt, Flickr, Instagram, and VK.
Image credits: Photographs by Viktoria Solidarnyh
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Photographer Creates Entrancing Bokeh Backdrop

Photographer Creates Entrancing Bokeh Backdrop Some gels, a design, and a little DIY ingenuity came together to create this awesome setup that allowed Photographer Anya Anti to shoot these gorgeous and interesting portraits. Check out the results and go behind the scenes to make your own. [ Read More ]

Future NFL Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald Dives into Family Portrait Photography

Future NFL Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald Dives into Family Portrait Photography Some families head down to their local mall to get their portraits taken. However, if you’re Commercial Photographer Blair Bunting, then NFL superstar and photography enthusiast Larry Fitzgerald is your go-to man for the job. As a pre-Mother’s Day gift, Bunting surprised his mom with an exclusive photoshoot with the Arizona Cardinal’s wide receiver that left her speechless. [ Read More ]

Capturing Dramatic Portraits Against the Spectacular Icelandic Landscape

My wife, Vicki, and I are full-time portrait and wedding photographers. But when we aren’t shooting these things, some of our favorite concepts are creating dramatic images of people in fantastic surroundings. After years of doing this kind of work I now find it difficult to photograph landscapes without placing a human subject into the image. In fact, some of our work of this type has been featured on PetaPixel before. We work with a lot of models and one of our all-time favorites is Sarah Maillet. When we heard she was going to Iceland for a visit I knew
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Pro Tip: Don’t Pose Your Models, Direct Them

Commercial photographer Derek Heisler has some key advice for the novice portrait photographers in the audience: don’t pose your models. This might seem counterintuitive at first, but Heisler explains why ‘directing’ your models instead of posing them, will make a huge difference in your photography. Heisler talks about this issue in a so-called Minute Master Class he did for Vistek, calling it “the biggest mistake that a lot of photographers make.” “That’s really where my job is,” explains Heisler. “Anyone can stand in front of a camera and press the shutter, anyone can really kind of light [a
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Creative Portraits That Add Real World Elements to the Frame

ELEMENTS is a new project by Slovakia-based photographer Maria Svarbova. Each of the portraits in the series features some physical, real-world element that has been introduced to add a layer of 3D complexity to the underlying 2D image. “My focus is in portraits in this series,” Svarbova tells PetaPixel. “I used different materials for working on photos. For example: fire, air, water and others. All are portraits with young people, but each is personal and different.” ELEMENTS is an ongoing project, so Svarbova is slowly adding new works to it over time. You can find more of the photographer’s
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How To Create a Portrait Composite

How To Create a Portrait Composite In various forms of photography, being able to composite several photos into one final image is an important skill set. In the world of portraiture, composites are often used to create group shots in which the lighting situation is difficult or not every subject of the photo is available at one given time. Here I’ll show my process for blending several shots of people into a final image. [ Read More ]

Fstoppers Reviews the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC Lens

Fstoppers Reviews the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC Lens Recently, while on a speaking engagement in St. Louis, I had some time to chat up several glass manufacturer reps at the conference and ended up testing several lenses, including a side-by-side comparison of the new Sigma 135 f/1.8 Art and the manually focusing Zeiss 135 f/2 Milvus (read that here if you missed it). I also snagged a new 85mm option from Tamron, the 85 f/1.8 Di VC USD, and spent a couple of hours with it. How did it go? Well, let's just see. [ Read More ]

How to Shoot Professional Portraits Using 3-Point Lighting

This handy 7-minute lighting guide from Aussie music photographer PJ Pantelis shows how you can use 2 lights and a reflector to create a professionally-lit headshot. Even if you’re not shooting portraits, the video is a great tutorial on working with light. The basic 3PL setup involves a key, a rim light, and a fill. The key is placed in front and to the right of the subject, acting as the main lighting for the portrait; the rim is positioned to the left and back, helping to add some dimension to the image; and the fill is a silver reflector
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Sigma 135 f/1.8 Art vs. Zeiss 135 f/2 Milvus

Sigma 135 f/1.8 Art vs. Zeiss 135 f/2 Milvus It's been a good while since I've bothered reviewing any gear, so when presented with a bevy of manufacturer booths at a conference I was speaking at in St. Louis recently, I decided it was time to once again test some equipment and babble about it a little. In this case, I pitted the brand new Sigma 135 f/1.8 Art against the year-old Zeiss 135 f/2 Milvus, because why not. [ Read More ]

Create Professional Headshots with Only Two Lights

Create Professional Headshots with Only Two Lights If the idea of creating multi-light portraits makes you feel the least bit intimidated, this tutorial is for you. Music photographer PJ Pantelis delivers a clear and detailed lesson on how to create professional headshots using just two lights and a reflector. [ Read More ]

‘Make It’ is a New Weekly Video Talk Show by Adobe for Creatives

The Creative Cloud team at Adobe has launched a new weekly interview series title “Make It”. The show runs at around 10 minutes, and features members of the Adobe team interviewing guest creatives, including photographers. The first episode featuring a photographer is embedded above, with Lindsay Adler in the hot seat. Lindsay is a professional portrait and fashion photographer whose editorials have appeared in Marie Claire, InStyle, Noise Magazine, Zink Magazine, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, and dozens more. In her interview, Lindsay talks about her history and how she got in
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Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Kate Woodman

Fstoppers Interviews Photographer Kate Woodman Creative genius rarely erupts onto the scene full force and in your face. Its entrance into the world is often quiet, gentle, allowing only a few to see it and recognize its brilliance. Such is the case with Portland, Oregon-based Kate Woodman, whose use of color in her work produces an instant halt to the ever scrolling feed of images - causing even the average user to stop and appreciate the story unfolding before them. [ Read More ]

The Boys Who Grew Breasts: Portraits of the Effects of Risperdal

Johnson & Johnson has been fined over $3 billion for marketing the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to children. Over 18,000 boys and young men are now suing the company over a side effect of the drug called gynecomastia, which causes adolescent boys to develop female breasts. Photographer Richard Johnson recently completed a photo project to tell the boys’ stories: it’s titled Risperdal Boys. “This is a story that needs to be seen to be adequately understood,” Johnson says. One of the main challenges in shooting this series was making the subjects feel comfortable enough to allow a stranger to photograph
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Old Documentary on Richard Avedon Reveals Methods of a Master

Old Documentary on Richard Avedon Reveals Methods of a Master Browsing YouTube can be an exercise in either frustration or bliss, depending on the day. Today, though, I happened upon something that truly speaks to me. If you are a portrait photographer, or anything resembling one, you owe it to yourself to check out the documentary, "Darkness and Light," a part of the American Masters Series, produced by PBS. [ Read More ]