Portrait Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Jan 18, 2017  |  0 comments

We often turn to Joe Edelman for simple lighting tutorials, and in the video below he’s a bit perturbed because photographers often mess up outdoor portraits by not using their reflectors properly. Follow Edelman’s simple advice and you won’t make this mistake.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments

David Bergman is an acclaimed celebrity/sports shooter known for his striking images of famous personalities as well as the 15 Sports Illustrated covers he has to his credit. In the quick video below, Bergman shows you how to take perfect portraits by first photographing your hand to check camera settings.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Have you ever left home without an external flash, only to come upon a portrait opportunity that you had to shoot with your camera’s harsh pop-up flash? Well, as long as you keep a cheap, white balloon in your camera bag, this simple hack from the wacky Koldunov brothers has you covered.

 |  Dec 20, 2016  |  0 comments

The legendary American photographer William Eggleston was a true pioneer in the potential of color photography and his quirky, eccentric portraits of everyday life can teach us all a lot about candid artistry and composition.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 19, 2016  |  0 comments

Shutterbug columnist Scott Kelby recently gave a great lecture on the ethics of portrait retouching, and offered some valuable tips on how to improve your people pictures without making your subjects look fake.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 13, 2016  |  0 comments

One simple method of adding impact to portraits is to frame your subjects with natural or man-made objects. The “frame” you use can be something as simple as a window, doorway, arch, or the overhanging branches of a tree.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 28, 2016  |  0 comments

When discussing photography gear, Joe Edelman likes to say “Keep it simple, stupid.” That’s exactly what he does in this quick video tutorial that will teach you how to make dramatic portraits and beauty shots with one monolight or speedlight and a single reflector.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 23, 2016  |  0 comments

Indigenous peoples in remote parts of the word tend to be rather wary of outsiders—especially when they have a camera pointed in their face. But Turkish photographer Mehmet Genc uses a simple method to put his subjects at ease: He just tells them “You are so beautiful.”

Ron Leach  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Chris Porsz is a paramedic and long-time amateur street photographer who came up with an enchanting project: He tracked down the subjects of the street portraits he shot almost 40 years ago, and recreated the images with the people as they appear today. 

Ron Leach  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  0 comments

Let’s just say that commercial photographer and “Best Dad Ever” Josh Rossi decided to make this Halloween a memorable one for his three-year-old daughter by giving her a hand-made Wonder Woman costume and making her the subject of an incredible photo shoot.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  0 comments

We often turn to Joe Edelman for easy-to-follow tutorials enabling readers to shoot like a pro without a lot of fancy gear. In the video below, you’ll learn how to create beautiful bikini glamour photos in less than five minutes.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Toby Harvard calls himself a “fetish photographer” and he takes an unconventional approach to portraiture with his neon-lit images. His vibrant photographs often break the rules of composition, which is one reason his work is so interesting.

Scott Kelby  |  Oct 14, 2016  |  0 comments

Ask a Pro is a Q&A column from professional photographer, writer, and educator Scott Kelby. Scott is here to answer all your photography-related questions, so if you have something you’d like to know, e-mail him at editorial@shutterbug.com (with “For Scott Kelby” as the subject line) and your query could be featured in the next edition of Ask a Pro.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 12, 2016  |  0 comments

If you’ve spent any time in New York City, or attended the city’s annual PhotoPlus Expo (coming up next week), there’s a good chance you’ve come across a dapper gentleman shooting instant photos with a 1940’s Speed Graphic camera. In the charming video below, you’ll get an inspirational look at Louis Mendes, one of our favorite photography icons.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 11, 2016  |  0 comments

In this episode of the Last Frame, Joe Edelman demonstrates how to capture some great fashion photos without a lot of expensive gear. As he explains in the video below, all you need is a single strobe, a 50mm lens, and a couple “gobos” or light modifiers you can easily make yourself.

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