Portrait Photography How To

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Steve Meltzer  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Good photographers are said to have a good “eye” that distinguishes them from other photographers. There’s no better way to understand this than to see how several very good photographers photograph the same subject. A case in point is a new exhibition of photographs of Marilyn Monroe titled “Inoubliable Marilyn” (“Unforgettable Marilyn”) at Paris’s La Galerie de l’Instant (December 12, 2014-February 25, 2015).

Ron Leach  |  Dec 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Have you ever left home without an external flash, only to come upon a portrait opportunity that you had to shoot with your camera’s harsh pop-up flash? Well, as long as you keep a cheap, white balloon in your camera bag, this simple hack from the wacky Koldunov brothers has you covered.

Jack Neubart  |  Aug 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Tom Oldham has been shooting portraits for 20 years and is today widely known for his expertise in medium format photography, notably with Hasselblad camera systems. He began his freelance career at the age of 29, having worked as a technician at the Plymouth College of Art for a few years after completing his studies there.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Photographer Matt Higgs says he’s a firm believer that the best way to become a better photographer is to “go out and do things that would normally be outside your comfort zone.” With that in mind he challenged himself to hit the streets and shoot 30 portraits of complete strangers in just two hours. As you’ll see in the video below, he learned a few things along the way.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Feb 25, 2019  |  0 comments

Creating beautiful lighting for your portrait photography shoots can be a fun experience and much easier than you may think. In the below video from Mango Street, they show you seven easy portrait lighting setups that you can try this week.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 19, 2018  |  0 comments

One of the challenges with portrait photography, if you’re not a pro with a budget, is coming up with eye-catching props to dress a set. In the fun video below, three serious shooters each give themselves a $5 budget at the Dollar Store to make their photos more interesting.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 07, 2018  |  0 comments

Michigan-based photographer Robert Hall came up with this interesting project while attending last week’s WPPI Expo in Las Vegas: He challenged two fellow photographers to an off-camera flash shootout, in which the three of them would devote no more than a minute to taking portraits of total strangers on the street.

Ron Leach  |  Dec 28, 2017  |  0 comments

When we post time-lapse videos, they typically involve thousands of landscape or nature images, like the spectacular project we shared last spring that used 8TB of photos to capture the beauty of blooming flowers over a period of three years. 

Henry Anderson  |  Oct 02, 2019  |  0 comments

It's always fun to see amateur photographers take on pro photographers in YouTube challenges and it's even better when it's the always entertaining Jessica Kobeissi representing the pros. In Kobeissi's video titled Amateur vs Pro, she goes against model Georgia Arisa for a lighthearted portrait challenge in the streets of Tokyo, Japan.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 16, 2015  |  0 comments

Early this year, photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Chris Macaskill of SmugMug were inspired to create a series of superhero theme portraits with everyday people and including a very dynamic (and potentially dangerous) twist. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Dec 15, 2015  |  0 comments

This fun and informative video from COOPH photographer Leo Rosas documents the dramatic evolution of photographic technology through the decades—from the very start to today in about two minutes. 

Shutterbug Staff  |  Jun 27, 2019  |  0 comments

There's a world of difference to how different prime lenses affect portrait photography. Earlier this week we shared a video comparing how four different primes handled portraits, and now here's one from Jessica Whitaker, this time showing how the 35mm vs 50mm vs 85mm stack up.

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 20, 2017  |  0 comments

We’ve said it before we’ll say it again: bad weather outside should not stop you from taking great photos. In fact, sometimes stormy weather can be good for your photography.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 11, 2018  |  0 comments

Julia Trotti is one of our favorite photographers for swimwear photography tips videos and she’s back with another one, which features a shootout between two popular cameras. In the video below, Trotti pits her trusty Canon 5D Mark III DSLR against the underdog Sony A7 II mirrorless camera while photographing her model, Jax, in a variety of swimsuits on the beach.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Apr 18, 2019  |  0 comments

Are you always looking for new angles to bring to your street photography? In the below video from Dean Tucker (aka VisualRev) he breezes though 10 clever street photography hacks in under two minutes.

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