Portraits of Strangers Found Through Craigslist

For their ongoing “Craigslist Encounters,” the Los Angeles-based photography team Kremer Johnson has been shooting portraits of completely strangers who are each found using Craigslist. Each subject responded to an ad titled “Characters Wanted” and agreed to pose for $20 an hour. Fstoppers writes that photographers Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson have posted the ad three times so far, and each time it goes up they receive about 70 to 100 responses. The photographers have shot portraits of about 30 people so far, and they’re aiming to photograph over 100 more in the upcoming year. Each subject is interviewed to
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BTS: Photographing Jennifer Lawrence for Her Foundation on a Time Crunch

BTS: Photographing Jennifer Lawrence for Her Foundation on a Time Crunch Clay Cook recently photographed Jennifer Lawrence for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which "assists and empowers charitable organizations that fulfill children's vital needs and drive arts awareness and participation." In what's perhaps the most unique twist, Cook has always wanted to professionally photograph Lawrence, who he and his family actually grew up with in another lifetime. But he describes wanting to earn it, and finally did. [ Read More ]

This Photo Booth Shoots ‘Professional’ Headshots for $20

IRIS is a new photo booth that’s designed to shoot “professional” portraits of professionals for only $20. Instead of looking like typical photo book snapshots, the portraits are supposed to look like they were shot by a headshot photographer with studio lighting. You can pay for your shoot on the IRIS website before visiting a booth, or you can make your payment at the booth itself. Once you’re inside the booth, enter your email to get things rolling. The screen will then guide you with instructions and advice for posing. Your session includes 6 different shots. You can pick one
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Use Psychology to Take Better Portraits

Use Psychology to Take Better Portraits Long before I ever picked up my first camera I was always fascinated by the subject of psychology. To understand some of the reasons why humans behave the way they do is rather useful in many areas of our lives. Once I started to get into photography more seriously I began to realize how the two subjects could be used together to make more powerful images. [ Read More ]

How to Use a Bathroom as a Softbox For Beautifully Lit Portraits

Need to take portraits and don’t have access to a lighting kit? No worries – this 4-minute video from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens will show you how you can turn a bathroom – or any room for that matter – into a softbox to create beautiful soft light. As Morgan explains, a softbox is essentially just a way to diffuse light coming through a controlled opening in order to reduce harsh shadowing. A typical softbox would be attached to a powered light source, but a window opening can do the job in a pinch. Morgan sets up
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Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?”

Firefighter Photoshoot BTS: “Can We Use Real Fire?” Every year for the past few years, I’ve donated photo work to a local organization that puts on a half marathon in coordination with the local firefighters union chapter to raise money for local charities. Last year, I ended up doing a relatively simple shoot with just some firefighters and a ring light. This year, I wanted something different. And so, quickly and repeatedly, the question became, “Can we use real fire?” [ Read More ]

Glorious Portraits from the 2017 World Beard And Mustache Championship

The 2017 World Beard And Mustache Championship was held this past weekend in Austin, Texas, and people from near and far flocked to the Austin Facial Hair Club to show off their glorious (and meticulously groomed) facial hair. Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was on hand to shoot portraits of some of the best contestants. Here’s an incredibly weird beard that won 2nd place in the Freestyle category, worn by a man who goes by the name “Incredibeard:” And here are some other portraits of showstoppers this year: Official results have yet to be announced and will be
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Two Reasons Why a Wide Lens Is Great for Portrait Photography

Two Reasons Why a Wide Lens Is Great for Portrait Photography Usually, people preach long lenses for portraiture. They can give you strong bokeh and they don't distort faces. But what makes an appealing portrait? Perfection? Admittedly, you can't rule out anything. Perfection in portraiture is desirable, but mostly as a base requirement. Perfection can only take you so far. What is certain is that when looking at portraiture we are looking for something to hang on to. We are looking for something that we can relate to and engage with. [ Read More ]

Why You Should Move Beyond Snapshots and Make Art With Everyday Life

Why You Should Move Beyond Snapshots and Make Art With Everyday Life When I chose to move beyond candid snapshots of my friends and family and actually asked them to sit down for formal portraits, my approach to everyday photography changed. Candid moments are wonderful, but practicing your craft with the people around you both helps hone your skills as a photographer and leads to precious moments with the people you love. [ Read More ]

Why You Should Move Beyond Snapshots and Make Art With Everyday Life

Why You Should Move Beyond Snapshots and Make Art With Everyday Life When I chose to move beyond candid snapshots of my friends and family and actually asked them to sit down for formal portraits, my approach to everyday photography changed. Candid moments are wonderful, but practicing your craft with the people around you both helps hone your skills as a photographer and leads to precious moments with the people you love. [ Read More ]

What Photographers Need to Consider Before Hiring Makeup Artists

What Photographers Need to Consider Before Hiring Makeup Artists Makeup artists can be indispensable to raising the production value of a photoshoot. They make models fit the brief, they introduce important elements to the color palette, they make clients feel fantastic, and they bring the magic to conceptual photographs. Not all makeup artists bring the same value to the table though, so it's important for photographers to consider a few key elements before hiring an artist to their team. [ Read More ]

Unleashing Creativity with Nikkor AF D Primes

Unleashing Creativity with Nikkor AF D Primes As a former computer scientist, I’m all about finding efficiencies in my workflow and making my life easier. Some people might call it laziness. Logically, after years of shooting with a traditional DSLR kit, I was ready to ditch it in favor of moving to a small and light mirrorless set up. However, no other camera body appealed to me as much as my Nikon bodies for professional shooting. The combination of the great grip and ergonomics, fast and accurate autofocus system, solid battery life, and great image quality makes them a delight to use professionally. I didn't want to Continue reading "Unleashing Creativity with Nikkor AF D Primes"

Photo Series Features Portraits of Complete Strangers Found on Craigslist

Photo Series Features Portraits of Complete Strangers Found on Craigslist Los Angeles photography studio Kremer Johnson has come up with a unique idea for their latest personal project. The series features such impressive portraits you will immediately think you should know the subject. The thing is you don't; the photos are just that well done. All the models are simply people who responded to a Craigslist ad titled "Characters Wanted," agreeing to be compensated $20/hour for their time. I reached out to Neil to find out more about this brilliant idea. [ Read More ]

Photographer of ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ Meme Explains Process

Photographer of 'Distracted Boyfriend' Meme Explains Process One of this year's more popular memes has been the "distracted boyfriend" meme in which a girlfriend looks at her boyfriend in disbelief as he turns around and eyes another girl right next to her. Perhaps the most clever and fitting adaptation (for us) yet has been the above image from the D850 Facebook page. The relatively new photographer behind the original image spoke to Wired about his process and how he captured his most popular stock photograph yet. [ Read More ]

Swimwear Photoshoot: No Beach Access? No Problem

Swimwear Photoshoot: No Beach Access? No Problem I'll be honest, when it came to shooting swimwear, I went straight to Pinterest looking for whatever ideas and inspiration I could find. Swimwear is different enough from the other types of shoots that I was typically shooting that I really had no idea where to begin. Granted, my clients weren't clothing line companies, so I wasn't aiming for the more routine, catalog-style shots. Since the people wanting the shots were the models themselves, I wanted to make sure that the end results looked as good as possible and hopefully a bit more stylish. [ Read More ]

This Photographer Used a McDonald’s Big Mac Box to Light Portraits

French photographer Philippe Echaroux recently decided to challenge himself in the area of shooting portraits of strangers. Instead of using high-end camera equipment, he decided to use an iPhone and light his subjects using a McDonald’s Big Mac box. “I like to challenge myself,” Echaroux tells PetaPixel. His lighting rig consisted of a flashlight, a drinking straw, and a Big Mac box: Here’s what it looks like when fully assembled and operational (for extra light reflection, Echaroux recommends rubbing oil from the fries onto the inside of the box): Echaroux then took the makeshift light out and began photographing people:
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