Quick Tip: How to Balance Strobe and Sun for Dramatic Mid-Day Portraits

The best time to shoot portraits (or almost anything) is golden hour, but it’s not the only time. Grab an ND filter, a strobe, and this tutorial by Portland-based photographer Levy Moroshan, and you can capture dramatic portraits in the mid-day sun. Moroshan’s technique is very straight forward, and a great intro to daylight strobe shooting for beginners. It consists of just two steps. Step 1: After positioning himself, his model, and his light the way he wants, he takes a strobe-less photo with the ND filter on and adjusts the ISO to expose for the background the
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How to Pose People Who Aren’t Models

How to Pose People Who Aren't Models For many photographers, the majority of their subjects aren't models and aren't trained in posing. And so, it falls to the photographer to really be able to guide the subject to finding suitable looks. This great video gives you some quick tips on how to do just that. [ Read More ]

Photographer Uses ‘Science’ to Find the ‘Perfect’ Portrait Angle

Is there such a thing as the ‘perfect’ portrait and headshot angle? When you’re dealing with something as subjective as photography, probably not. But that didn’t stop Ed Gregory from YouTube channel Photos in Color from applying some ‘science’ to try and find that perfect shot. Gregory decided to try and find this ‘perfect’ portrait angle by applying—in broad terms—the scientific method to a photo shoot. So he lined up a model under clam shell lighting, got out his Nikon D800 and an 85mm f/1.8 lens (set at f/8), and established some basic parameters for shooting 16 portraits from
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How to Get the Perfect Portrait Angle as Proven by ‘Science’

How to Get the Perfect Portrait Angle as Proven by 'Science' Surprisingly small changes to the position of your camera can actually make your images much more successful. Ed over at Photos In Color decided to set himself the challenge of trying to make the perfect headshot in studio conditions. While keeping the lighting and the camera distance from the model the same each time, various heights and angles were tested and carefully captured so the differences could be compared. [ Read More ]

How to Shoot Cosplay Portraits at Comic Con with Just One Light

Back in December my brother asked me if I would be interested in going to Comic Con in Indianapolis, IN, and I immediately said “absolutely!” He was excited to see what comic books he could find or possibly a GI Joe collectible; me, I knew I was going there to photograph people in their costumes. These couldn’t be just any images though… I mean come on, the lighting at the event is going to be gross, the crowds will be huge, I’ll have to fight for space… it’s 360 degrees of complexity. So, I started thinking to myself, “How
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Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light

Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light It can be very easy to fall into the trap of thinking elegant and nuanced portraiture requires complex lighting. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with a well-designed setup, it's also important to remember that so much can be done with a single light. This great video walks you through just such a setup. [ Read More ]

Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light

Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light It can be very easy to fall into the trap of thinking elegant and nuanced portraiture requires complex lighting. And while there's certainly nothing wrong with a well-designed setup, it's also important to remember that so much can be done with a single light. This great video walks you through just such a setup. [ Read More ]

Face To Face: How Finding The Right Subjects For Your Photographs Can Make All The Difference

Face To Face: How Finding The Right Subjects For Your Photographs Can Make All The Difference Have you ever gone to the see a romantic comedy and absolutely fallen in love? Have you ever gone to a romantic comedy and spent the majority of the film’s running time politely sneaking peeks at your watch? Have you ever realized that both movies were essentially the same story and wondered why you couldn’t get enough of the first, and got way too much of the second? [ Read More ]

My Dad’s Chair

My parents bought this chair and a matching couch not long after they were married in 1951. This was my dad’s chair. If you were sitting in it when he walked into the room he gave you the friendly thumb twist, which simply meant: get up. When dad retired to his chair, that was his time. It was his time to read the newspaper, to watch a ballgame or a movie, or to take a nap. Whether or not the world and his responsibilities were on his mind, it was his place to unwind and just exist. I remember the
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Flash Photography for Beginners: How to Take Amazing Portraits With On-Camera Flash

Flash Photography for Beginners: How to Take Amazing Portraits With On-Camera Flash Shooting with flash can seem daunting at times, but it also opens up a whole new world of possibilities to take some truly epic photos that just wouldn't be possible with natural light. As a minor control freak, I was drawn to shooting with flash pretty early on in my career because I wanted to have control of the elements that made up my image. I didn't like the idea having to rely on what the sun was doing to determine whether or not I would be able to create the image that I envisioned. I wanted control so I Continue reading "Flash Photography for Beginners: How to Take Amazing Portraits With On-Camera Flash"

Photographer Captures Life as a Mom of an Autistic Son

April is Autism Awareness Month, and photographer Kate Miller-Wilson has released a series of photos showing what life is like as a mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism. Miller-Wilson began the series about a year ago, and says she was motivated by a desire to share her experience. “Being a parent of a child with autism can be isolating, and the perspective is unique and frustrating and beautiful,” the photographer tells PetaPixel. “I felt driven to communicate that perspective, both because I needed to connect with other people in that way and because I wanted to show the nuances
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Photos of Dogs from Directly Below

Photographer Andrius Burba is back again with another set of his trademark “Underlook” photos, which show what various animals look like when viewed from directly below. After tackling cats, rabbits, and horses, Burba’s latest series focuses on dogs. The new work, titled Under-Dogs, is being released a year after the viral success of Burba’s original cat photos. Just as with his prior work, Burba had each of his canine subjects pose on top of a clean sheet of glass while he pointed his camera up from below. “Dogs are more obedient which helps us to create more
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How to Shoot Portraits Outside Your Culture and Comfort Zone

Photographer Sean Tucker‘s latest project is about a lot more than portrait photography. It’s about respecting, honoring, and yes, capturing a culture far outside his own experience and comfort zone. Fortunately for us, he brought us along on this journey.
Warning: The Himba tribe lives topless, and as a result, some of the video and a few of the images in the gallery below might be considered NSFW. If you or your workplace finds cultural nudity inappropriate, you may want to skip this one.
The project is called “Namibia” and it was inspired by Tucker’s own soul searching.
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Father and Son Project ‘Small Steps Are Giant Leaps’ Photo Series

Father and Son Project 'Small Steps Are Giant Leaps' Photo Series Almost every photographer has created some sort of personal project in their time. In fact, many photographers’ work is comprised entirely of personal projects. Rarely though do I see projects that are truly personal. I mean that in the sense of their projects having a real emotional connection to the photographer that easily shows through in their images. Small Steps Are Giant Leaps, a father/son project started by photographer Aaron Sheldon and his son Harrison, is one of those projects. [ Read More ]

Adobe Sensei Changes your Selfies to Professional Looking Shots

Adobe Sensei Changes your Selfies to Professional Looking Shots There isn't a lot of information about this Adobe App and whether this technology will be added to the desktop software yet, just that it's called Sensei and they have this video to show its potential. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to make your selfie or basic smartphone photo look like it was taken by someone who knew what they were doing. [ Read More ]