Portrait Photography How To

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Shutterbug Staff  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  0 comments

Two of our favorite photography channels on YouTube finally got together in the collaboration video (aka “collab”) everyone has been waiting for. In the entertaining and informative clip below, Los Angeles-based Daniel and Rachel of Mango Street travel north to visit Peter McKinnon in Canada to try their hands at shooting in each other’s styles.

Ron Leach  |  Aug 24, 2017  |  0 comments

Many photographers shoot exclusively with available light because they’re intimidated by what they fear are the complexities of using supplemental light sources. And while complicated studio setups can require specialized expertise, shooting with simple speedlights or small studio strobes is actually quite simple.

Ron Leach  |  Oct 16, 2017  |  0 comments

Some experts call it “Color Theory,” while others refer to “Color Psychology,” but the point is that the colors of objects around us have a significant impact upon our moods, attitudes, and perception. In the video below, you’ll see how this concept applies to the photographs we make and how they are viewed by others.

Dan Havlik  |  Apr 10, 2018  |  0 comments

Here’s a loosey-goosey studio lighting tutorial from Photo-Me-Ike where he tests out the new Orlit Rovelight 610 TTL system to see if it’s a viable alternative to the popular and relatively inexpensive Flashpoint (aka Godox) system.

Maria Piscopo  |  Sep 10, 2013  |  First Published: Aug 01, 2013  |  1 comments

Does using social media as a marketing tool work for photographers? That’s what we aimed to find out by interviewing five photographers who have successfully used this particular marketing technique in very specific ways. Unlike advertising and direct mail, where you send out your material and wait for a response, and sales calls, which are more time-consuming, social media is a unique technique that can breed success, but only when properly and fully utilized. Many thanks to our photographers for taking the time and attention to share their thoughts and experiences (websites at end of column): Liz Cowie, Clark Dever, David Alan Kogut, Brad Mangin, and Chuck St. John.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments

What happens when you pack your gear, head out for a portrait session, and your model is a no-show? Well, if you’re a quick thinking photographer and willing to step out of your comfort zone, you find a willing stranger and make some stunning images. And if the stranger happens to be beautiful, consider that a bonus!

Arthur H. Bleich  |  Nov 20, 2015  |  0 comments

San Francisco, 1965. The times, they were a-changin’. If you were young, it was a time to get high, have sex, and listen to mind-blowing music that your parents might, at best, not understand and, at worst, consider obscene. If you were older (and therefore not to be trusted) it was a time to take cover; everything you believed in seemed to be under attack.

Ron Leach  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Brian Dowling is an American photographer living in Berlin, with a project that would drive many of his peers to envy: He traveled to 20 countries across the globe in search of gorgeous redheads to photograph in all their natural beauty.

Steve Bedell  |  Jul 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Imagine this. Take photos of many of the top names in the music industry over the last 30 or so years, from Keith Richards to Radiohead, Gregg Allman to Tom Waits. Shoot for Spin, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Esquire, to name a few. Make said images into a coffee-table book. And to top it off, have some obscure talent like Bruce Springsteen write the elegant foreword for the book. Is it just me or does this sound like a pretty good life?

Ron Leach  |  Jan 30, 2017  |  0 comments

Lou Freeman is an acclaimed fashion and lifestyle photographer with a client list that’s second to none. And in the video below, she shows how to create glamorous boudoir photos by using portable, continuous light sources.

Ron Leach  |  Nov 09, 2016  |  0 comments

Chris Porsz is a paramedic and long-time amateur street photographer who came up with an enchanting project: He tracked down the subjects of the street portraits he shot almost 40 years ago, and recreated the images with the people as they appear today. 

Dan Havlik  |  Nov 12, 2019  |  0 comments

Not everyone likes street photography. In fact, oftentimes the unexpecting subjects of street photos hate having their pictures taken in public by a complete stranger.

Ron Leach  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  0 comments

Zach Smidt of Zach Alan Photography is a Houston-based shooter with a creative approach to portraiture. He recently teamed up with his girlfriend Juli to make a series of stunning outdoor images using light painting techniques.

Barry Tanenbaum  |  Nov 13, 2015  |  0 comments

The tour bus bringing B.B. King to Indianola, Mississippi, for his Homecoming Festival concert was very late, which meant that Ron Modra would have the opportunity for performance photos, but not the portrait session he wanted.

Dan Havlik  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  0 comments

We’re still in shock over the death today of legendary musician and artist David Bowie. Someone who knew Bowie more than most folks was renowned fashion photographer Brian Duffy who, between 1972 and 1980, worked with Bowie on five photo projects, including three of his most famous album covers.

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