Portrait Photography How To

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Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 04, 2015  |  28 comments

As the revealing video below shows, portraits can be shaped by the photographer’s point of view rather than just by the subject being documented. Created by The Lab in conjunction with Canon Australia, the clip features six photographers, one portrait subject and an unexpected twist. The twist consisted of the (mis)information each photographer was initially provided regarding the person being photographed.

Dan Havlik  |  Jun 19, 2018  |  0 comments

Ever wonder why your travel portraits sometimes look no better than dull vacation snapshots? It might not be your skill as a photographer or the attractiveness of the person you’re photographing. You simply could be posing them wrong.

Maria Piscopo  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  0 comments

As people move through different stages of their life, photographic records of these events are the mainstay of the portrait photographer’s business model. The idea of hiring a professional photographer to capture life’s important moments will never be completely replaced by relying on family or friends to “just take a picture.” 

Michele Celentano  |  Jun 26, 2020  |  0 comments

(Editor’s Note: Exploring Light is a monthly Shutterbug column featuring tips, tricks, and photo advice from professional photographers in Canon's Explorers of Light education program. This month's column is by Michele Celentano on how to safely pose models in our time of social distancing.)

Zach Good  |  Nov 26, 2019  |  0 comments

As a photographer, luck will not always be on your side with great lighting. More often than not, you will be placed into a situation where the light is not ideal, yet you will be expected to shoot print-worthy photos. Here are some helpful tips to help you take great photos in bad light.

Ron Leach  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  0 comments

We’re all familiar with the notion that the camera adds 10 pounds to people in our photos. Rather than debating the veracity of that claim, we’d thought we’d share the following video from SLR Lounge, describing a simple lighting technique for making portrait subjects appear thinner.

Ron Leach  |  Jul 16, 2020  |  0 comments

It’s not often you can pick up a variety of powerful tips on portrait photography in just two minutes. But that’s exactly what you’ll find in the visual tutorial below.

Giulio Sciorio  |  Mar 29, 2017  |  0 comments

Environmental portraits are all the rage these days in photography because they are far more revealing than a basic portrait of an individual or a simple headshot. As the name suggests, environmental portraits capture a subject within his or her typical environment such as a workplace. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 06, 2015  |  1 comments

I’m what (the immortal) Stan Lee calls a “true believer” and I’ve been a fan of comic books since childhood. As a result, I can’t resist a convention because it’s an opportunity to dive into the world of fandom and mingle with like-minded people from around the country.

Dan Havlik  |  Dec 20, 2017  |  1 comments

Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter is back with another photography how-to video, offering tips on getting the most out of your 50mm lens. 

Dan Havlik  |  Feb 22, 2018  |  0 comments

What’s your favorite lens for portrait photography? For Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter, it’s an 85mm lens with a fast aperture.

Shutterbug Staff  |  Nov 12, 2018  |  0 comments

The flash vs natural light debate is almost as old as photography itself. (Or at least as old as flash photography itself.) Photographer Craig Beckta recently jumped into the fray with the below video, which is titled “7 Reasons Why Flash Is Better for Portraits Than Natural Light.”

Henry Anderson  |  Jul 02, 2020  |  0 comments

Do your photos often look blurry and you can't figure out why? Well, there are quite a few reasons why your images aren't sharp enough and in the below video from Adorama, photographer Gavin Hoey explains seven of them.

Ron Leach  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  0 comments

There are two common reasons that some photographers only shoot with natural light: They’re under the impression that off-camera flash is too complicated, and on-camera flash delivers lousy results. The quick video below may change your mind, as a pro portrait photographer demonstrates how to get great results with on-camera flash and a cheap bounce-light accessory.

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