Portrait Photography How To

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Ron Leach  |  Feb 27, 2018  |  0 comments

Most photographers would love to upgrade their camera every time an innovative new model with enhanced capabilities is introduced. But let’s face it: The “latest and greatest” gear seems to come around every year or two, and many of us can’t afford to break the bank whenever that happens.

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 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  |  Dec 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographers inexperienced at portraiture often shy away from the task, with the mistaken notion that it requires specialized skill and sophisticated equipment to capture beautiful images. In the video below, a top pro refutes that myth by demonstrating how to make striking portraits outdoors under available light with a minimum of gear.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  0 comments

Manny Ortiz is a Chicago-based photographer who also offers helpful tutorials on portraiture and wedding photography techniques. In the quick and straightforward video below, you’ll learn three easy ways to use backlighting for more pleasing portraits.

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.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments

If you’re a bit envious of the beautiful portraits made by pros with well-equipped studios, this tutorial is a must-see. That’s because in just six minutes you’ll learn how to make stunning portraits of your own, in a home studio with just one flash and a simple background.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  0 comments

It may not seem like it to those living on the East Coast, but the weather is beginning to warm up, and pretty soon some folks will be swapping overcoats for bikinis. This tutorial will help you get prepared for photographing your favorite bathing beauty, with several helpful tips for shooting beach portraits with natural light.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Natural looking outdoor portraits can be difficult to make, especially under harsh lighting conditions. Using flash can help you meet this challenge, but only if you employ the proper technique. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 02, 2018  |  0 comments

Watch this helpful simple lighting tip from photographer Michael Sasser in two steps. It deals with how to shoot portraits in natural light, which makes it perfect for just about any photographer, whether you’re shooting photos of friends and family on vacation, or capturing models in a professional fashion shoot outdoors in sunlight.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  1 comments

The holidays are upon us, and in this tutorial you’ll learn how to shoot festive candlelit portraits and add an “instant snow effect” in Photoshop. You may even want to use this technique to create personalized Christmas cards for family and friends.

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  |  Mar 21, 2018  |  0 comments

British photographer Imogen Rhiannon is also an experienced model, and in this tutorial she uses both of her skills to demonstrate how to shoot sensual portraits with the forest as your background.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 28, 2019  |  0 comments

Travel photographer Pierre T. Lambert shares a lot of photography videos on his YouTube channel but it’s the tutorials he does on how to capture sharp images that get the most feedback. Since there seems to be an insatiable appetite from photographers on how to make their images sharper, Lambert has created another video with sharpness tips.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 26, 2017  |  0 comments

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to have some fun than by shooting spooky portraits with a simple home setup? Best yet, after watching the tutorial below, you can download six free smoke textures to make your Halloween portraits even creepier.

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