Portrait Photography How To

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Dan Havlik  |  Jul 08, 2020  |  0 comments

We love it when pro photographers recommend their favorite gear because nothing beats having an expert opinion. In the below video, long-time portrait photographer Miguel Quiles who runs a popular YouTube channel, shares what he says is the best background for portrait photography.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  0 comments

We regularly share helpful tutorials from portrait photographer Manny Ortiz. In this behind-the-scenes photoshoot, Ortiz reveals his two favorite lenses—a fast 55mm f/1.8 and a high-speed 85mm f/1.4. 

Ron Leach  |  Apr 03, 2018  |  0 comments

Portraiture is a very subjective endeavor, with almost as many styles of shooting as there are portrait photographers. And this quick tutorial is sure to raise a few eyebrows, as Manny Ortiz explains why he often purposely underexposes his images.

Ron Leach  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  0 comments

Those of you who follow our website know that Manny Ortiz is both an adept photo instructor and a very fine portrait photographer. Yet, according to Ortiz, knowledge, skill and practice is far more important that talent if you want to become a great photographer. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Sep 12, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s another simple yet effective photography tips video from Light Club. In the short 2.5-minute clip, the work of some of the world’s top photographers is used to show that the key to create a powerful portrait is how you capture the eyes.

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.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments

A while back we shared a viral video in which six photographers shot the same model with widely varying results, partly because they were given false information about the person being photographed. The video below was inspired by that challenge and resulted in quite a creative experience.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Toby Harvard calls himself a “fetish photographer” and he takes an unconventional approach to portraiture with his neon-lit images. His vibrant photographs often break the rules of composition, which is one reason his work is so interesting.

Dan Havlik  |  May 07, 2019  |  0 comments

No need to be shy anymore when photographing people on the street. In the below video from Pierre T. Lambert, he offers three easy street photography tips for taking pictures of strangers on the streets.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Sometimes a few finishing touches in Lightroom are all you need to transform your portraits from good to stunning. In the below video, Tajreen&Co show you four easy Lightroom tips and techniques to help you do just that.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments

Photography “hacks” videos are great fun because they help you shoot unique, attention-getting photos using ordinary household items. In the below video from Jessica Kobeissi, her five hacks involve using something you see all the time: glass.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 14, 2019  |  0 comments

One of the easiest but most expensive ways to get your portrait subject to stand out from a background is to use a fast lens, with a maximum aperture of F/1.4, F/1.2 or even wider. Those types of lenses though are pricey and sometimes don’t do the trick, especially if you’re shooting portraits with a crowded scene of people behind them.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 13, 2017  |  0 comments

Portrait lighting can be an art form in and of itself. But in the quick tutorial below you’ll learn how to create dramatic portraits using nothing more than two basic off-camera speedlights and some simple adjustments.

Maria Piscopo  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments

As a photo rep, I have always had great admiration for the portrait photographer. You are catching people at their worst (“I hate having my picture taken!”) and at their best (“Yes, this is really who I am!”). Whether it is a toddler, high school senior, or CEO, you are responsible to keep people calm, work fast, overcome technical and travel obstacles, and manage all the details of composition and lighting. In this column, we talk about all these issues as well as marketing your portrait photography business, the skills required for business success.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments

With a visual medium like photography, what better way to learn than by watching two successful photographers go about their work? That’s exactly what you’ll see in the video below as two portrait pros walk the streets of Chicago shooting photos of a pretty model.

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