Portrait Photography How To

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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.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 28, 2021  |  0 comments

Valentine’s Day is barely two weeks away, and one great way to help your loved one celebrate is by asking her to pose for a vintage style lingerie shoot. If you’ve never tried your hand at this type of photography, this quick tutorial will help you do it right.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments

Have you ever wished you had a few serious strobes and light modifiers so you could shoot professional looking portraits? If so, save your cash because in the video below you’ll learn how to turn your bathroom into a giant softbox and use window light to work some magic.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 05, 2017  |  0 comments

Whether you’re shooting indoor portraits by window light or using available light outdoors, an inexpensive reflector is one of best tools for dramatically improving your results. In the five-minute video below, photographer Mark Cleghorn demonstrates everything you need to know to get the job done.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  0 comments

If you’ve been following our product reviews, you know that one of the benefits of today’s advanced lenses is that they are designed to minimize lens flare, ghosting and other stray light artifacts. But what if you could use these light anomalies to create attractive portraits with a unique look?

Ron Leach  |  Jul 19, 2017  |  0 comments

Back in the “old days” of film photography, soft-focus portraits were either achieved using lenses that were not nearly as sharp as those we have today, or with more invasive measures like scratching the front element of a lens. 

Ron Leach  |  Jun 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Now that we’re officially in the throes of summer, there’s a good chance you may confront the challenge of making a decent photograph of someone with a serious case of sunburn. You can take the sting out of this task by watching the simple Photoshop tutorial below.

Ron Leach  |  May 12, 2021  |  0 comments

We’ve had numerous discussions about making b&w conversions from color photographs. But what about converting b&w images to color? There are ways to get the job done using Photoshop or a free third-party artificial-intelligence (AI) platform that one image-editing expert says provides “jaw-dropping results.”

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 04, 2019  |  0 comments

Photographer and model Sorelle Amore is an expert at getting people to look their best in photos. We’ve featured many of her tutorials with posing tips and tricks the pros use to shoot better portraits.

Steve Bedell  |  Apr 13, 2012  |  First Published: Mar 01, 2012  |  4 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.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 27, 2021  |  0 comments

One of the most important skills in the early development of all photographers is knowing how to interpret the light falling on a scene, and then choosing the camera settings that will result in a perfectly exposure photo. With a bit of knowledge and practice, this quickly becomes second nature—enabling you concentrate on other key variables that make up a great image.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 06, 2017  |  0 comments

Whether you photograph portraits in the studio or wildlife in the field, a daylong shoot usually results in the onerous task of culling through dozens if not hundreds of images to select the best shots. 

Sue Bryce  |  Apr 16, 2021  |  0 comments

(Editor’s Note: Exploring Light is a monthly Shutterbug column featuring tips, tricks, and photo advice from professional photographers in Canon Explorers of Light education program. This month's column is by Sue Bryce on how she regained her inspiration by putting a few things into motion. Sue Bryce Education is offering free access to dozens of online classes during the week of April 18-24. Register for free here.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Have you ever thought of trying to sell your photos? If you a serious photographer who might like to become a professional, working pro Jessica Sterling has some great advice in the below video, titled "How Much Should I Charge for My Work?"

Ron Leach  |  Jan 19, 2021  |  0 comments

One often overlooked technique for improving outdoor photographs is using a your camera’s built-in flash or a more powerful external unit for filling in shadows, adding sparkle to a subject’s eyes and much more. If you think this requires complicated camera and flash settings, read on.

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