Portrait Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 19, 2019  |  0 comments

Professional portrait photographer and Shutterbug contributor Jessica Sterling knows a lot about photographing people. She also knows that a photo shoot can quickly go awry if you say the wrong thing.

Henry Anderson  |  Nov 04, 2019  |  2 comments

Lens comparison shootouts are always a lot of fun especially when they're primes and it's a portrait session. In the below video, photographer Jessica Kobeissi pits a 50mm F/1.2 lens against an 85mm F/1.4 lens while photographing a model using the same settings and the same locations.

Dan Havlik  |  May 16, 2017  |  0 comments

You might think swimsuit photography is a piece of cake. Go to a beautiful location with  beautiful models and take beautiful photos, right? Well, it’s not that easy and swimwear photographer Joey Wright can attest to that.

Dan Havlik  |  Jul 13, 2018  |  0 comments

This tip from boudoir photographer Michael Sasser is simple and effective. What do you do to make a boring photo into an awesome one? Put something in front of your subject, Sasser says.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 06, 2018  |  0 comments

Daniel Norton is a NY-based photographer known for his striking portrait and fashion images, and in this quick tutorial he demonstrates one of his favorite techniques—backlighting a subject for a dramatic effect.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Editing portrait photos can be a demanding task, especially if you're a working photographer. In the three-minute video below, you’ll learn an alternative method for dodging and burning skin in Photoshop that’s really easy to accomplish.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 27, 2018  |  0 comments

Not that any of us need a reason to avoid shooting selfies, but this humorous video provides a good one: Selfies make your nose look HUGE!

Ron Leach  |  Feb 26, 2018  |  0 comments

We’ve featured brief photo retouching tutorials in the past, each explaining one aspect of using Photoshop to adjust the colors of a photograph. In the powerful video below, Unmesh Dinda puts it all together in one place, with a comprehensive guide to color enhancement.

Ron Leach  |  Jun 07, 2017  |  0 comments

Window light is often a great source of illumination for shooting indoor portraits, but sometimes you need a bit of supplemental light to achieve perfect results. In this quick tutorial from AdoramaTV you'll learn how to balance the light from a simple off-camera flash with that streaming in from a large window.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2020  |  0 comments

Most photographers know that “Golden Hour”—the time right after sunrise or just before sunset—can be the best time to shoot. And that often holds true when photographing landscapes, portraits, and just about anything else. Despite the beautiful soft reddish light at prime time, a quick edit in Lightroom can often turn a good image into a great one.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  0 comments

How does swimwear photographer Anita Sadowska do it? That’s the question we ask again and again while checking out her jaw-dropping swimsuit photos.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jan 04, 2019  |  0 comments

Dodging and burning is one of the oldest darkroom tricks out there. But did you know that you can also employ this technique, which lets you selectively tweak exposure in a photo, using Photoshop as well?

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 20, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographer Manny Ortiz and his model wife, Diana, have had lots of experience with how to find models for photo shoots. In Diana’s case, it’s because she’s often asked to be a model for a shoot, and for Manny, when he’s not photographing Diana, he’s finding other models to capture.

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.

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