Eight Tips You Should Try for Better Portraits

Eight Tips You Should Try for Better Portraits When shooting portraits, there are certain things or ways we shoot that help us achieve a better end result. We should all be trying to capture the best portrait possible, so if someone shares advice I usually give it a try to see if it works for me or fits the style of my work. [ Read More ]

Follow a Photoshoot From Conceptualization to Finished Image

Follow a Photoshoot From Conceptualization to Finished Image Most tutorials focus on one aspect of the shooting process or another, which can sometimes make it a bit difficult to understand why each creative decision was made at different steps of the process. This great video follows a photographer from planning to finished image, giving an overview of the shoot, what difficulties he faced, and how he overcame them. [ Read More ]

Ugly Places, Pretty Portraits: I Did a Photo Shoot in Lowe’s

A few weeks ago, a model friend of mine, Rachelle Kathleen, and I were planning to meet for a fun little photo shoot. Instead of searching out the usual beautiful locations around where we live, I had the idea to do just the opposite. I wanted to go somewhere “ugly” by all conventional photography standards and then see what we could do with it. Lowe’s seemed like the perfect option. The point was to challenge ourselves. I wanted somewhere with horrible lighting and limited backdrops. Somewhere that made absolutely no sense for a photo shoot. Our local Lowe’s home
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A Complete Guide to Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop

A Complete Guide to Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop The eyes are one of the most crucial parts of a person when it comes to portraiture and retouching, as they are the first thing a viewer looks at and generally the establishment point of human interaction. This helpful tutorial will give you a complete guide to retouching eyes to give them a natural, vibrant look that instantly draws the viewer in. [ Read More ]

Peter Hurley Photography Tutorials Discounted More Than Ever

Peter Hurley Photography Tutorials Discounted More Than Ever Peter Hurley is a master of headshot photography and is responsible for how many photographers approach their craft. His charisma and eye for detail allow him to capture perfect emotion and poses out of his subjects. This Black Friday, Fstoppers is giving all of Peter Hurley's tutorials bigger discounts than ever before. With more demand for headshots than ever before, now is a great time to learn his techniques at in incredible price. [ Read More ]

How to Post-Process Soft and ‘Dreamy’ Portraits of Children

Here’s a 47-minute tutorial from PiXimperfect about how to create those soft, dreamy portrait photos of children using Photoshop. First things first, import your file into Photoshop and make those initial raw adjustments.

Adjust the Structure

The first major step you have to do is to get the structure right. That’s all the details in the face and skin. For example, for images of children that look pretty displeased about getting their photo taken, you can remove that grumpy frown. Using the Liquify tool in Photoshop, size the brush appropriately and move the drooping corners of the mouth back upwards.
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Five Fun and Cheap Items for Creative Portraiture

Five Fun and Cheap Items for Creative Portraiture It's easy to get caught up in thinking of only photographically intended accessories when trying to expand your creativity and as a byproduct, getting locked into paying photography accessory prices. However, with a little imagination, some very cheap items can make for inspiring and fun portraits. [ Read More ]

This Photographer Hiked 14 Hours for Epic Wedding Photos at Trolltunga

Trolltunga, or “Troll Tongue,” is a famous rock formation in Norway that’s used often for breathtaking photos. Photographer Priscila Valentina was recently asked by a couple to shoot wedding photos at the cliff. After the ridiculous challenge of hauling her photo gear to the spot, Valentina managed to capture a series of epic wedding photos of a lifetime. Given how long the hike to Trolltunga takes, the group had to head out early in the morning well before sunrise. By 5:30 am, they were already on the road. Next came the work of getting to the rock, and Valentina hiked
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How Having Your Photos Taken Will Make You a Better Photographer

How Having Your Photos Taken Will Make You a Better Photographer I hate having my pictures taken. It’s common, but still ironic, to have a photographer who dislikes being on the other side of a camera. This fall, I made a promise to my wife that we would have our family photos taken and I was able to experience the entire process of hiring and working with a photographer. It wasn’t my intention to treat this as a learning opportunity, but now that all is said and done, I can say that I have learned a lot. Experiencing the client’s perspective, watching another professional operate, and the renewed perspective gained for Continue reading "How Having Your Photos Taken Will Make You a Better Photographer"

Down by the Hudson: A 3-Mile Strip of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, NY

My name is Caleb Stein, and I’m a recent graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. “Down by the Hudson” is an ongoing project I’m working on. It’s a record of my walks and interactions, mostly along a 3-mile strip of Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York. I’ve been passionate about photography since the beginning of high school. From 2015 to 2017, I interned with Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden, who’s known for his powerful street photography, and, more recently, for his 2015 book, Face. My relationship with Poughkeepsie started at the end of my junior year, while I was
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Shooting Blade Runner-Inspired Portraits Using Color Gels

Almost a year ago I purchased a set of color gels on Amazon but never got around to actually trying them out. Recently, after watching Blade Runner 2049 and being smitten by the gorgeous cinematography by the legendary Roger Deakins, I just had to play with them. Not only that, the original Blade Runner, shot by Jordan Cronenweth, is one of my biggest influences ever so this shoot was bound to happen.

The Gear You’ll Need

Monolight (key light): Flashpoint Xplor 600 Monolight ($749)
Secondary Flash (fill light): Godox TTL Flash Speedlite with Wireless Flash Trigger ($165)
Color
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An Introduction to Creative Portrait Techniques

An Introduction to Creative Portrait Techniques Half the fun of shooting portraits is the veritable multitude of ways you can use photographic techniques and creative ideas to represent a person. This fun video will show you three such techniques that only require bare-minimum equipment and a subject. [ Read More ]

Three Common Misconceptions of Beginner Photographers

Three Common Misconceptions of Beginner Photographers Beginning the journey of learning to be a photographer is overwhelming. If you have no background in photography, you are learning a whole new world of terms and techniques from an abundance of information that is often confusing and conflicting. We’ve all been there. Most experienced photographers can often pinpoint common themes when comparing their own experience starting out with others who are now doing the same. [ Read More ]

What Happens When Brandon Woelfel, Dani Diamond, and Jessica Kobeissi Can’t Retouch Their Images

What Happens When Brandon Woelfel, Dani Diamond, and Jessica Kobeissi Can't Retouch Their Images Each and every photographer has their own unique way of working with models, cameras, and light. It’s something that clearly shows through in the series Jessica Kobeissi has developed in which different photographers shoot the same model. In the most recent episode, she brought Dani Diamond and Brandon Woelfel back for a new shoot, but this time they added a few obstacles to make the challenge more fun. [ Read More ]