Portrait Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 06, 2020  |  0 comments

As photographers, we're always trying to make our subjects look better in portrait photos. But did you know there are quite a few tricks you can use to make people in photos look amazing?

Ron Leach  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments

If you’ve ever tried your hand at portraiture, you probably know that there’s more to the craft than technical mastery and good gear. In fact, one of the variables that can make the difference between a good portrait and a great one is the skill to pleasingly pose a model.

Henry Anderson  |  Sep 09, 2019  |  0 comments

One of the keys to a great portrait is, without a doubt, having beautiful skin tones. You can, of course, capture gorgeous skin in your portraits right in camera, but it never hurts to have a little help afterwards.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 10, 2019  |  0 comments

Here's a fun tutorial from photographer Jessica Whitaker with three easy ways to shoot more interesting portraits. Shot on location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, Whitaker teams up with model Chelsea Miller to share tips, tricks and techniques for portrait photography.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 21, 2018  |  0 comments

How to pose friends, family and even total strangers so you can take awesome portraits of them is a popular theme on Shutterbug.com, so here’s another tutorial for you on that subject. In the below video, Pierre T. Lambert offers three more posing tips on “how to make anyone feel amazing in front of the camera.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 23, 2018  |  0 comments

The video portrait challenge where three photographers shoot the same model and then compare the results has been popularized by photographer Jessica Kobeissi on her excellent YouTube channel. Now photographer Sheldon Evans has gotten into the act and done his variation on this fun photography challenge, which you can see below.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Here’s an interesting challenge in which three photographers shot the same pretty model using off camera flash and came up with varied results reflecting their personal approach to portraiture. Francisco Hernandez of FJH Photography organized the shoot and was joined by fellow photographers Eli Enfante end Jeff Antons.

Shutterbug Staff  |  May 24, 2018  |  0 comments

We often turn to Los Angeles-based pro photographer Michael Sasser’s YouTube channel for gear tips including lens recommendations but in the below he offers something equally valuable: tips on how to pose your subjects for better boudoir images.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 03, 2020  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, action or other types of photos, the proper use of depth of field will often have a huge impact on your results. As you’ll see in the eye-opening video below, you can use depth of field to advantage by following three simple rules of composition.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 18, 2019  |  0 comments

One of the key things that can make or break a portrait photo is body language. If the person who is posing for the photo is showing negative or awkward body language, your portrait will come out looking negative or awkward or worse: both.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  0 comments

One challenge when making portraits of friends and family is dealing with subjects who are inexperienced at posing. Things tend to get even more difficult when photographing men who aren’t really models because they tend to be more reticent about striking a pose than women.

Dan Havlik  |  Mar 22, 2019  |  0 comments

The below video from Los Angeles-based boudoir photographer Michael Sasser is like two tutorials in one. In the first part of the video, Sasser offers three helpful tips on how to find great locations for outdoor photo shoots when you're traveling to a new area.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 14, 2019  |  0 comments

Pro photographer David Bergman is here again to make the point that you CAN shoot great portraits with a wide-angle lens (contrary to popular belief.) 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 01, 2019  |  0 comments

Believe it or not, but you don’t need a ton of gear or a ton of time to shoot a professional-quality photo portrait. Indeed, if you want to take your amateur-looking portraits to the next level, all you need is a few basic tips.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 23, 2019  |  0 comments

Reflection photos can be really striking. And reflections can be even more effective when shooting portraits because it creates a unique, eye-catching take on your subject.

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