Portrait Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Many portrait photographers employ a portable light to boost ambient illumination and fill in shadows when shooting outdoors. In the four-minute video below you’ll see how simple diffusion panels can modify the quality of light and give you exactly the look you’re after.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

With a visual medium like photography, what better way to learn than by watching two successful photographers go about their work? That’s exactly what you’ll see in the video below as two portrait pros walk the streets of Chicago shooting photos of a pretty model.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Back in the “old days” of film photography, soft-focus portraits were either achieved using lenses that were not nearly as sharp as those we have today, or with more invasive measures like scratching the front element of a lens. 

Ron Leach  |  Jul 18, 2017  |  0 comments

Portrait retouching can be a complex and time-consuming task, but in this quick Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to streamline the process and greatly enhance your results.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Portrait lighting can be an art form in and of itself. But in the quick tutorial below you’ll learn how to create dramatic portraits using nothing more than two basic off-camera speedlights and some simple adjustments.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2017  |  0 comments

New York photographer Brandon Woelfel is a force to be reckoned with on Instagram, with a unique shooting style and over a million followers. Last week we shared a free Lightroom preset to give your images the “Brandon Woelfel Effect,” and in the video below you’ll learn how to mimic his style in camera.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

It’s July 5th and a lot of folks in the U.S. are just coming back to work after celebrating Independence Day. And yes, it’s been hard to concentrate today after downing hotdogs and cold beer and watching fireworks explode over our heads the night before. So why not watch a fun photography video to lighten the back-to-work doldrums?

Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting indoor portraits by window light or using available light outdoors, an inexpensive reflector is one of best tools for dramatically improving your results. In the five-minute video below, photographer Mark Cleghorn demonstrates everything you need to know to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Now that we’re officially in the throes of summer, there’s a good chance you may confront the challenge of making a decent photograph of someone with a serious case of sunburn. You can take the sting out of this task by watching the simple Photoshop tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Summertime offers photographers a great opportunity for outdoor portraiture, and the tutorial below illustrates a simple technique for using Photoshop to add something special to your images.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments

A tutorial we shared yesterday suggested that one way to increase your creativity is to ignore focal length rules and “think differently” when choosing a lens for various types of photography. In the video below, photographer/educator Mark Wallace demonstrates why there’s more than one perfect lens for portraiture.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’re shopping for a portrait lens, or just trying to figure out which lens you own is best for people pictures, we encourage you to watch this video from AdoramaTV before making a decision. Phoenix-based pro Mark Wallace offers an interesting perspective that may challenge some of your preconceptions.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Many of the tutorials we share involve technical aspects of photography like lighting, image editing, exposure calculations and other objective topics. The video below is more subjective in nature, in that it explores how the ability to capture a variety of moods can make a big difference in your portraiture.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 12, 2017  |  0 comments

Everyone knows that shooting during the sweet light of  “golden hour” makes for better landscape and nature images. But in this tutorial from innovative photographer Manny Ortiz you’ll learn how to take great portraits when the sun is low in the sky.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 08, 2017  |  0 comments

A while back we featured an unusual challenge in which six photographers shot the same model with very interesting results. When that video went viral, three photographers and a special guest repeated the competition. And now, inspired by the first two episodes, we bring you shootout number three.

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