Portraits

How to Shoot Engaging Travel Portraits from Start to Finish
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I love travel portraits. Not only do they test your photography skills but also challenge you to interact with people in unfamiliar environments. The end result directly reflects your subject’s personality along with your ability to make them feel at ease, read the light, select optimal settings, and compose a great shot. A boy named […]

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How to Use a Small Softbox With Your Flash to Transform Your Portraits
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Typically I prefer to carry minimal photographic equipment when I am out to make a series of photos or portraits. If I’m on assignment for a client or creating new stock photos I will take more gear with me so as to better cover any challenging situations that may arise. One of my favorite accessories […]

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How to Use a Reflector to Improve Your Natural Light Portraits
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Reflected light can add depth and a fresh dynamic to your natural light portraits. Sometimes naturally occurring reflected light can be used, but by far the easiest way is to use a reflector. The most important thing is to learn to see the light falling on your subject and then control the strength and quality […]

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How to Make Creative Lightroom Develop Presets for Portraits
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It’s natural for portrait photographers to take lots of photos during a shoot. Therefore, it’s also helpful to have a system in Lightroom that allows you to save time processing your portraits. The easiest way to do this is with Develop Presets. A Develop Preset is a record of the processing work you have done […]

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What is Good Light and How to Use it to Create Beautiful Portraits
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Two of the most commonly used and misunderstood phrases thrown around by photographers today are, “It’s all about the light” and “Look at that beautiful light”. But what does that actually mean? How can you use it to make beautiful portraits? In my early years, I kept hearing photographers online and in person preach about […]

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How to Create and Shoot Night Portraits
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If you limit your portrait photography to daylight, you’re missing out on a chance to get some really cool people photos. Whether you just want something better from your camera automatically, or you want complete control of the light in the scene, there’s something in this article for you. Read on to get some tips […]

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A Step by Step Guide to Processing Portraits in Lightroom
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Every time we ask our readers what post production software they use to edit there portrait photography the most common answer is Lightroom. It’s no surprise either – it’s a powerful tool for editing and organising your photos. However we know when we talk to our readers about Lightroom that while we all know it’s […]

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5 Tips for Photographing Street Portraits
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Isn’t it always the way that the most daunting things in life are usually the most rewarding? It takes a certain amount of backbone to shoot street portraits. Whether it’s walking up to a total stranger and asking their permission, or taking a more candid, reportage style approach, many photographers get put off through lack of confidence. It’s […]

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How to Create Portraits with a Black Background
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Who does not love a crisp, deep black background for a portrait? You can achieve this with the application of just two ideas, and just a little post-processing too. We are talking about a couple of techy things in hopefully, a non-techy way. These two ideas will give you tips for how to make black backgrounds […]

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