Portraits

3 Simple Ways to Use Framing and Layering in Portraits
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I love using framing in my images with a layering technique. Layering is simply incorporating not just your subject and background, but adding a foreground and other levels if possible as part of the elements you use to frame your overall image. It’s not always the most straightforward setup to do but it excites me because […]

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How to Take Unique Crystal Ball Portraits
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The search is always on to try something new in photography. That process is often about taking a technique and applying it in a new way. A crystal ball is a great addition to any landscape photographer’s camera bag. In this article, you’ll see why this is also true for portrait photographers. You’ll learn to […]

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Tips for Making the Most of Morning Light for Portraits
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There’s something about taking photos in the magical morning light that makes my heart so happy. Maybe it’s because of the extra effort it takes to be outside in the crisp morning air when your family is still in bed. It could also be because morning sessions are more uncommon, so they feel a little […]

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Black and White Portraits
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There is something very appealing about the simplicity of a portrait in black in white. It becomes less about the setting, background and environment and more about the person being photographed. This week we want to see what you can do to create your best black and white portraits. Here are some articles to help […]

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How to Use an On-Camera Speedlight as Fill Flash for Portraits
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Using a flash or speedlight on-camera can be daunting at first. This was certainly how I felt when I first purchased my Nikon speedlight. My biggest worry was calculating all the light ratios involved to get a proper exposure as you cannot take into account the actual flash output when metering in-camera. I was also […]

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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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