Subject Isolation: Finding Innovative Ways to Draw Attention to Subjects

I have no idea where I first heard this, but it’s extremely true: “the main difference between painting and photography is that the painters need to work hard to put things into their images, whereas photographers have to work hard to take things out of their images.” Painters start with a blank canvas, and every single thing that ends up in the final piece of art is a result of careful craftsmanship, years of hard-earned skill, and raw intention. The photographer’s canvas, on the other hand, is all of the world’s visual chaos, and he or she must deploy
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How to Overpower the Sun to Shoot Stunning Outdoor Portraits

Taking portraits in bright sunlight has been a bit of a no-no for a long time, but the truth is that you can actually get stunning results if you use a fill flash. The results look awesome and give a high-end feel to any outdoor portrait, and the best thing is that it’s really not too difficult. You just need to understand how to use a fill flash. Warning: The video above contains some portraits that may not be work-friendly. Check out the image below showing why we use a filll flash in photography and the best way to
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Portraits of Ballet Dancers in Hand-Folded Paper Dresses

The PLI.Ē Project is a photo series that shows ballet dancers around the world wearing hand-folded paper dresses. It’s a collaboration between Montreal-based photographer Melika Dez and paper artist Pauline Loctin (AKA Miss Cloudy). Each of the costumes’ design and color combination were chosen specifically for the dancer’s body, skin tone, and the location they would be dancing in. “We did a first version of the project in studio and a few months later, we decided to push the boundaries even further and risk shooting paper dresses outdoors,” Dez tells PetaPixel. “Paper can be a fragile material to work
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This is Why Lighting Height and Angle Matter in Portraits

How you light your subject is one of the key decisions you’ll need to make when shooting portraits. The Koldunov Brothers published this 9-minute tutorial showing the impact the height of a light source makes and some typical mistakes photographers make in placing and angling lights. The video examines the problem areas on a face that are introduced when the primary light source is too high or too low. While these issues may be less obvious when additional light sources are present, they’re still unappealing looks that are difficult to hide in the resulting photos. The tutorial also provides various
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Can A Pocket Camera Produce Pro Results? Testing Out The Sony RX100V

Can A Pocket Camera Produce Pro Results? Testing Out The Sony RX100V This past weekend in Colorado I decided to give my full frame mirrorless camera a break and shoot some portraits using the much smaller Sony RX100V. I was curious to see if a small, pocket-sized camera could give me the kind of results that I would be happy with. Here are my experience and recommendations if you choose to do the same! [ Read More ]

The No Forced Smile Approach to Special Needs Photography

The No Forced Smile Approach to Special Needs Photography "Say cheese" might be one of the most common things you think of when it comes to standard portrait photography. In the days of mall studios or even class pictures, this phrase is something we can all attest to hearing at least once in our lives. With more modern day photography, there has become less and less forced smiles and bribery in order to get that perfect image. [ Read More ]

Beautygate: New iPhone Cameras Automatically Apply Beauty Mode

Beautygate: New iPhone Cameras Automatically Apply Beauty Mode After Apple’s WWDC conference on September 12, many consumers were excited to upgrade their phones to the latest flagship phones, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. One of the biggest selling features of these new devices were the upgraded front and back cameras. Now, after about a week or so of the phones being in the market, people are beginning to notice something strange in the camera. [ Read More ]

Photos of Humans and Dogs Who Look Strangely Alike

Dog owners often look strangely similar to the dogs they love. Animal photographer Gerrard Gethings turned this concept into an amusing photo series titled Do You Look Like Your Dog?. Gethings works out of London, England, with his assistant named Baxter, a 9-year-old Border Terrier. He had the idea of photographing similar-looking humans and dogs for a while before he found a backer for the project: Laurence King Publishing, which had Gethings shoot the photos for a memory game. Gethings had one year to find and shoot 50 portraits, and he started with the dogs. After putting out a call
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