Portrait Photography How To

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Clay Blackmore  |  Jul 31, 2013  |  1 comments

Photographing couples is an art form that should not be underestimated. Finding the right way to get two people, no matter how wellthey know each other, to pose and stay in a position worth shooting can be extremely difficult. Success requires the right combination of clear communication and dexterous shooting ability. That’s why it is so crucial for portrait and wedding photographers to follow a clear system in order to have time to both shoot classically-posed shots and fun, candid photos.

Jack Neubart  |  Jan 22, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 01, 2012  |  5 comments

“Many of my portraits come out of the sense that it is a conversation with the person being photographed,” Donald Graham observes. “It’s important to look deeply into a person’s eyes and, in so doing, to understand better who that person is.”

 

Graham, who works around the world but primarily in Los Angeles and New York, did not arrive at this viewpoint overnight. A pro shooter since 1983, he focuses on fashion, movies, music, and advertising. “My specialty is clearly people.”

Steve Bedell  |  Apr 13, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  6 comments

High school senior photography has changed dramatically in the last few years. With looser yearbook standards and the ability to see what you get with digital cameras, many photographers who previously did major business in the senior market are now seeing sharp declines. With this in mind, I decided to ask four of the top names in the business about how they maintain a strong presence in the senior market. All have their own style and way of doing things and all are exceptional photographers.

Lou Jacobs Jr.  |  Apr 02, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  0 comments

Portrait photographers are responsible for a lot of happiness among a wide variety of people, because well-done family pictures grow more valuable yearly. They usually portray infants, seniors, friends, and relatives, though sometimes portraits are interpretations of unusual subjects. Thomas Balsamo knows this because he has 30 years of experience photographing families and children. His work has also led him to a personal project that originated when his good will and curiosity were extended toward individuals or groups who found their portrait sittings emotionally and psychologically unusual, as well as uplifting.

Eric Dusenbery  |  Mar 23, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  0 comments

“Our family came to America from Vietnam in the 1960s. When I first came to America, I came with fear. I was unsure of what I was going to find, my family had to be broken up. I had no clue if they had made it to America safely.”—Khanh Duong (Excerpt from Liana Bui’s student photo/oral history project.)

John Isaac  |  Mar 13, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  2 comments

“Earlier this year, I was invited by JIB TV in Tokyo and Olympus, Japan to help document the recovery taking place after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast part of the country in March 2011. I agreed to do it even though I knew it would be a traumatic experience.

Lorraine A. DarConte  |  Mar 09, 2012  |  First Published: Feb 01, 2012  |  2 comments

Cristian Movila, who was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1983, has four sisters whom he says taught him all about “emotions,” a trait he’s been able to successfully incorporate into his work. He also says he was drawn to the arts early in life. In elementary school, he learned to play the piano and the trumpet. Later, in grade school, he became interested in journalism while hosting a children’s radio program. Although he studied electronic engineering at the University of Polytechnic, Bucharest, over time he found himself increasingly concerned with social issues, and so he decided to become a photographer so he could capture the complexities of life “in a snapshot.”

Lynne Eodice  |  Jul 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Parades and other ceremonies are exciting and colorful, and always offer fun photo opportunities. If you enjoy photographing such events, they're worth going to some effort to locate. Some of the most famous of these include the Rose Parade, held in Pasadena on New Year's Day, and the Macy's Day Parade, held in New York on Thanksgiving. These annual events draw...

Text and photography by Lynne Eodice  |  May 01, 2005  |  0 comments

There are several approaches to photographing couples. As with all portraiture, you can pose the two people for a more-formal look. Or you can shoot a more-candid portrayal that will convey the strong relationship between them. For example, just watch through your viewfinder and click the shutter when you see a special look or gesture that passes between them. Whichever approach...

Lynne Eodice  |  Feb 01, 2005  |  0 comments

Robert Farber is renowned for his painterly images. Throughout the years, he's carved a niche with his romantic, illustrative approach to photographing nudes, landscapes and a variety of other subjects that have been featured in books like By The Sea and Farber Nudes.

 

He's continued this tradition with a new book, entitled American Mood...

Lynne Eodice  |  Dec 01, 2004  |  0 comments

With Honda and Acura as major clients, having an automobile in his large cove studio is a frequent occurrence for photographer Jerry Garns. He's been shooting for American Honda Corporation since the late '80s, and his intricately lit detail shots of auto interiors and exteriors appear in the company's brochures, sales manuals, and on Acura's Website. And...

Lynne Eodice  |  Nov 01, 2004  |  0 comments

Swedish photographer Carl Rytterfalk is no stranger to high technology, having been introduced to computers as a child. "I played around with my grandfather's Victor 8086 computer," he explains. "He had a dot matrix printer and I printed endless amounts of Japanese and Chinese ASCII characters." Later, he adds, "My father bought a mouse and...

Lynne Eodice  |  Sep 01, 2004  |  1 comments

All photos by Mark Garten

 

As a third-generation shutterbug in his family, Mark Garten found his passion for photography in high gear by the early age of seven: "My father and grandfather were pharmacists by trade, but both were camera buffs."

In college, he attended the University of Michigan, where he started out as an engineering...

Lynne Eodice  |  Sep 01, 2004  |  6 comments

Professor Kenneth Kobré--who teaches photojournalism at San Francisco State University--advises those who are interested in pursuing a career in news photography to "First master your camera, flash and the rest of your equipment."
He suggests that students attend a community college or university with a good photojournalism program: "Each...

Lynne Eodice  |  Aug 01, 2004  |  0 comments

We rarely consider photographing shadows, but oftentimes the long shadows created in early morning or late afternoon light are so dramatic that they can actually become interesting subjects for our photos.

Shadows exist wherever light exists, but we tend to overlook them, partly because our eyes are drawn to light--and...

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