Portrait Photography How To

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Dan Havlik  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

What’s your favorite lens for portrait photography? For Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter, it’s an 85mm lens with a fast aperture.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

If you shy away from shooting people pictures because you think low light portraiture requires a boatload of expensive lighting gear, think again. The video below corrects that common misconception, by demonstrating how to achieve stunning results using simple and affordable off-camera flash.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 21, 2018  |  0 comments

Anita Sadowska is a professional fashion photographer based in Dublin, and in this quick tutorial she teams up with an experienced model to demonstrate simple posing techniques that will help you shoot boudoir photos at home like a pro.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Unless you’re a professional portrait photographer with a well-equipped studio, the best way to make pleasing people pictures is to keep things simple and either shoot outdoors under good light, or use a basic indoor setup at home. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to do the latter with a technique that delivers dramatic results.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2018  |  0 comments

When shooting outdoors, you sometimes have the luxury of waiting until the light is right. Other times, you’re stuck with what nature provides, and you just have to do the best you can. In this tutorial, you’ll see how to process natural light portraits shot under harsh midday sun.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 13, 2018  |  0 comments

Most of us improve our photography skills by studying both the do’s and the don’ts of our craft. In this quick tutorial, you’ll see how to make more creative outdoor portraits by avoiding five common mistakes, 

Ron Leach  |  Feb 08, 2018  |  0 comments

The task of colorizing B&W photos has becoming increasingly popular, and far easier to accomplish, thanks to the sophisticated software that’s available these days. In this tutorial, you’ll see how easy it is to create beautiful, natural-looking color portraits from B&W originals.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 07, 2018  |  0 comments

Jessica Kobeissi is a professional fashion photographer whose portrait tutorials we share often. This behind-the-scenes video is a bit different, as she uses a $100 Polaroid Snap camera to photograph a model in her home studio.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 01, 2018  |  0 comments

Serendipity played a major role in this striking portrait taken by Shutterbug reader Samir Zahirovic. According to Zahirovic, he had only met the model, Izeta Mahmutovic (nicknamed Izzy), a few days before the shoot. 

Ron Leach  |  Jan 31, 2018  |  0 comments

We regularly share tutorials from Canadian photographer Irene Rudnyk, who has a unique ability to make pro-quality portraits at home without a lot of complicated and expensive lighting equipment. In the video below she’s at it again, demonstrating how to capture captivating people pictures using nothing more than table lamps and window light.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 26, 2018  |  0 comments

When it comes to great portrait and wedding photographers, California pro Bambi Cantrell is near the top of everyone’s list. In the tutorial below, she provides three powerful tips for making stunning photos of your own.

Bryan Peterson  |  Jan 26, 2018  |  0 comments

Most of us are familiar with the use of out-of-focus, seamless backgrounds by studio photographers, especially those who shoot portraits. Often, these backgrounds are a single color, such as white, black, or gray. In other cases, the backgrounds are a muslin material, adding texture to the background. The sole purpose of these backgrounds is to create a cleaner overall composition, giving the viewer no choice but to look at the man, woman, or child.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the most powerful yet frequently overlooked tools for outdoor portrait photography is an inexpensive, manual flash. This simple accessory is great for filling in shadows, compensating for backlit scenes, and adding extra punch to your images.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 25, 2018  |  0 comments

When the creative juices stop flowing, it’s time to try something different. And the five fun photo hacks in the video below will definitely give you a boost.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Those of you who follow our website know that Manny Ortiz is both an adept photo instructor and a very fine portrait photographer. Yet, according to Ortiz, knowledge, skill and practice is far more important that talent if you want to become a great photographer.