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Henry Anderson  |  Oct 11, 2019  |  0 comments

Light the way to better photos with the below video from Run N Gun that shows you 9 awesome lighting hacks for photography in just 90 seconds. The lighting tricks can be applied to portrait photos or any sort of scene or setting where you want to add drama or creative luminance.

Henry Anderson  |  Sep 13, 2019  |  0 comments

We post lots of portrait photography tips videos but seldom have we seen one as jampacked with helpful portraiture advice as the below tutorial from Taylor Jackson. In the video, Jackson teams up with fellow portrait photographer Miquel Quiles to show you twenty quick tips for shooting better portraits in natural light.

Dan Havlik  |  Aug 12, 2019  |  0 comments

The number one question boudoir photographer Michael Sasser gets asked is does he use strobes? "And the answer to the question is: no," Sasser says. "I don't use strobes, I use 100% natural light for my boudoir shoots."

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 01, 2019  |  0 comments

Anyone can take a decent photo in good light but how to you fare when the lighting is extremely harsh on your subject? In the below easy photo tutorial, Rachel and Daniel from Mango Street give you some handy advice on how to shoot great portraits in bad light.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 30, 2019  |  0 comments

In general, taking photos, particularly portraits, in direct sunlight is considered a no-no. The light is simply too harsh and the shadows it produces are unflattering on your subject.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 29, 2019  |  0 comments

Do your photos of your beloved cat or dog all look the same? Do you want to make your friends jealous on social media by sharing a purr-fect image of your pet? Well, then you should watch the below video from photographer Matt Granger: "Pet Photography at Home – 5 Tips."

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Apr 25, 2019  |  0 comments

It's no secret that professional photographers are less concerned with cameras and lenses than they are with understanding and controlling the light that allows their images to be made.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 17, 2019  |  0 comments

Getting the right white balance in your photos is a lot easier than you think. In the below video for Shutterbug, photographer and Photoshop guru Scott Kelby shares a simple tip on how to nail white balance, even in sticky lighting situations.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 19, 2019  |  0 comments

Are you still learning how to use off-camera flash and need a few pointers? In the below video, Shutterbug's Scott Kelby shows you the best place your flash to shoot beautiful portraits with attractive lighting.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Creating beautiful lighting for your portrait photography shoots can be a fun experience and much easier than you may think. In the below video from Mango Street, they show you seven easy portrait lighting setups that you can try this week.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Hand-held light meters seems to have fallen out of favor as most photographers have made the switch from film to digital. But these powerful tools can be just as important today, as they were with our 35mm cameras.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 31, 2019  |  0 comments

Shooting outdoor portraits in natural light seems easy, right, especially on a sunny day. Well, it may be easy to shoot them, but you won’t, necessarily, get flattering shots if you don’t know how to use the sun to your advantage.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  0 comments

It’s one of those debates photographers will probably have for eternity: is it better to shoot using only natural light or with strobe lighting? Of course, there’s no right answer but it’s always fun to put both types of lighting to the test.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 07, 2019  |  0 comments

If you’re interested in portrait photography, you’ve likely had to decide whether to shoot your subject with natural window light or artificial light from a flash or strobe. Most photographers will admit that neither is “better” than the other; they’re just different and suited for different subjects, different situations, and different tastes.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 27, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever shot portraits in front of a seamless white background or a cyclorama, you’ve probably had to deal with pesky background shadows. They’re fine if you’re going for a dramatic look in your portraits, but what if you wanted something cleaner as your background to draw attention to your subject?

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