Portrait

Simple Tips for Positioning Your Portrait Subject to Leverage Natural Light
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When I’m on a photo shoot, I always carry two flash guns with me. However, when it’s a family outing or holiday, the flash guns are left behind in favor of kiddie stuff I need to lug around and I shoot using purely natural light, without even a reflector to help. It does help that […]

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How to do Portrait Retouching With Luminar
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Macphun’s Luminar is a versatile beast. While a lot is made of processing landscapes and cityscapes, you find it also happens to be a very capable portrait editor. Follow along with this walkthrough to see how I use Luminar to edit a portrait. Getting Started Open your photo in Luminar. As you’ll be using more […]

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Portrait Comparison – Flash Versus Natural Light
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This article will demonstrate the difference between portraits taken with an umbrella softbox and natural window light, essentially flash versus natural light. My aim was to capture really soft light on the skin for both setups as I dislike hard light and harsh shadows which, even with light modifiers, can still happen. I was afraid […]

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4 Lessons for Aspiring Family Portrait Photographers
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Over the past four years as my wife and I have done more family photography we have learned quite a bit. Going through some of those early shots I’m sometimes amazed that anyone paid us money for them at all! Self-reflection is critical not just for photographers, but any artist and indeed anyone who wants […]

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6 Tips for Posing Hands in Wedding and Portrait Photography
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One of the most challenging and misunderstood elements in posing hands and how to use them correctly. Hands are so important in an image because they can say so much. They can convey masculinity, femininity, strength, softness and between couples, they can show love and affection. So the big question is what can we do with […]

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How to Adapt to any Situation for Portrait Photography
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We all make plans and we all have expectations. Then when portrait photography, we want these plans to work well. We’ve got customers to please, memories to create and stories to tell. Plus clients have expectations. They want their pictures to look a certain way. They’ve hired you to recreate that vision. As a professional, […]

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8 Tips for Mastering Your Portrait Photography
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Becoming a master of portrait photography takes lots of patience and practice. It’s likely there are a few mistakes you are making with your portraits that hold them back from excellence. In this article, I will walk through eight tips to instantly boost your portrait photography game and take it to the next level. #1 […]

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How to Plan a Successful Sunset Portrait Session
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In this article you will get some solid tips for planning and executing a sunset portrait session. Learn how to take the images that you and your subjects will love. Plan ahead for a successful sunset portrait Many photographers feel overwhelmed when they start photographing portraits, professionally or for fun. Where should I shoot? How […]

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5 Reasons to Use Lightroom for Portrait Retouching
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There are some photographers who use Photoshop or plugins such as Portrait Pro to do portrait retouching. There is nothing wrong with this and these programs can do an excellent job, especially if you retouch portraits at a high level. But you may be surprised at just what an excellent job Lightroom also does at […]

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