Critique the Community: Beauty


Submit your best beauty photo for your chance to win a free Fstoppers tutorial

Your next chance for an image critique is here. Submit your best beauty photos to receive feedback and a chance to win an Fstoppers tutorial of your choice. [ Read More ]

Quick Tips for Photographing Bridesmaids

Quick Tips for Photographing Bridesmaids Shooting the bridesmaids is one of the more significant parts of any wedding shoot, apart from photographing the bride and the groom. In fact, you never know, a few of them may end up as your future clients too. Here is Vanessa Joy for Adorama giving her two cents on prepping up to shoot the bridesmaids. [ Read More ]

Morocco Slideshow Video (Podcast 628)

Morocco Video ScreenshotFor this week’s post, I’ve produced a video to showcase Morocco, containing fifty-something images from last year’s Tour & Workshop that I ran. As I’m running over time-wise, as is often the case when I create the music too, I’ve put a small version of the video in the Podcast feed, but the full-sized 4K version is below for you to check out. As usual, the music is a bit rushed, but it should complement the video, so grab a cuppa, turn up your speakers, and sit back for a four-minute tour of Morocco!

Morocco Portfolio

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Morocco Tour & Workshop 2018
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Portraits of the Konyak ‘Headhunter’ Tribe in India

When we think of tribes, the first thing that comes to mind is, “What did those tribesmen and women believe in? What were their customs and beliefs?” That’s what I asked about the Konyak tribe that was nestled in Nagaland, India, in regard to the famous headhunters. Headhunting was the war-art of capturing the head of an enemy, which, was seen as a rite of passage for young boys to turn into men. Capturing the head of an enemy meant to capture the spirit that the enemy had, and was largely seen as a sign of unwavering courage and
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Tips and Techniques for Photographing a Plus-Size Model

Tips and Techniques for Photographing a Plus-Size Model As a photographer you are often presented with a wide range of both challenges and opportunities. Along with managing your lighting, your camera settings, and your location selections, the physical proportions of the individuals you work with will also play a part in how you set up specific poses and shots. [ Read More ]

How to Shoot Better Portraits in Harsh Sunlight

Wedding photographer and Nikon Ambassador Brett Florens recently gave this 9-minute workshop demo on how you can shoot better portraits in harsh sunlight. “If you know your gear and lighting, shooting at the worst time of the day can create great results,” Florens says. Here are the different setups and strategies Florens uses along with the resulting photo created with each one:

Direct Frontal Sunlight on Model

Direct Sun with Collapsible Scrim

Backlighting the Model with Sunlight

Setting exposure value (EV) to +1 helps properly expose the model.

Backlight with a Collapsible Reflector

Backlight with an On-Camera Speedlight

Backlight with
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Shooting Portraits with a $20 Work Light from Home Depot

After seeing photographer Skyler Burt’s experiments with lighting food photos using a cheap work light, photographer Jessica Kobeissi recently purchased that same $20 light from Home Depot for an experimental portrait shoot. The light is the HDX 250-Watt Halogen Portable Work Light — HDX is Home Depot’s store brand. Similar light with the same design and specs can be found on Amazon for $16. Since the light is strong and harsh, Kobeissi recommends placing some kind of diffuser between it and your model (a white sheet can work). But be careful not to place it too close, as the
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Shooting Vintage Car Lifestyle Photos for Self-Promotion

I do a lot of automotive lifestyle personal projects that I use for self-promotion and am constantly on the hunt for new ideas. A friend of mine recently turned me on to Turo, an app for peer-to-peer car rentals. In the past, you had to hire a picture vehicle company to get vintage cars for shoots, and those can be really pricey and are severely limited in terms of how far you can drive the car. I found this 1985 Chrysler LeBaron on the app and immediately fell in love. I did a casting call through, not
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Black and White Portrait Conversion With Photoshop

Black and White Portrait Conversion With Photoshop As with most processes in Photoshop, there’s more than one way to achieve a desired look. Black and white image conversions are no exception. Whether you add a black and white layer, utilize a plugin like Silver Efex Pro 2, or dare I even suggest resort to merely desaturating the image, the possibilities are abundant. [ Read More ]

What Is the Best Portrait Lens?

What Is the Best Portrait Lens? When it comes to portraits, two major factors determine how good a lens is for many photographers and they are focal length and aperture. Generally speaking, many photographers prefer to have a relatively long focal length with a wide aperture as this helps with both the framing of the shot and also the kind of background blur you can achieve. [ Read More ]