Whether you’re shooting video or stills, if you’re working with people there are some things you can do to make sure your shoot goes smoothly, and that your subject looks their best. This is a short list to get you started. Ask the subject to bring at least one alternate set of clothing so you […]

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Guest Post and Photos by Matthew Jordan Smith - Follow Matthew on Twitter Recently I was asked how I decide which light source to use for photo shoots and which light modifiers are best in certain situations. The determining factors in making my decision on each shoot varies but I will attempt to describe a few […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter You’ve heard me say it before but I still think that communication is the most important aspect of portrait photography, especially for posing. That dialog may begin with the initial client contact and then moves onto all of the communication during a session. To […]

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We received another question for our “basics” series at Photofocus -What is high key portrait light? While this isn’t a white paper and just a first blush attempt to answer the question, you should understand the concept by the end of this post. High key portrait lighting is simply lighting that doesn’t offer a wide […]

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Make sure you don’t miss a single Photofocus post – point your feed reader to the free Photofocus RSS Feed here and subscribe. Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The ingredients for making great portraits are easy to find: You need a subject, a camera, and some light. But like […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter The classic definition of environmental portraiture is making a portrait that’s executed in the subject’s living, working, or playing environment and illuminates their life and surroundings. By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, instead of in an impersonal studio, the theory is that […]

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Last week I posted this photo on Flickr and several of you asked for some more background on how I made it. So here goes. I had roughly two minutes with JAMILETTE GAXIOLA. She was the 2009′s Miss Cuba. Jamilette is a wonderful young woman with a big smile and a warm personality. She was […]

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It’s easy to get into a rut when making portraits. Sometimes all it takes to get out of that rut is to try something different. Here are three simple tips that may give you an idea or two of your own. 1. Overexpose Overexpose against a high-key background to get an otherworldly – angelic effect. […]

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We’re far more self-aware these days than in previous generations. We live in a world with very high expectations. We play in virtual or online worlds. Our minds wrap well around video games based on alternate universes. We text, and IM and e-mail and Tweet and it all makes it too easy to forget some […]

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The big day is upon you. You’ve graduated from amateur to pro and you have a paying client. Someone is actually paying you for a portrait or an engagement photo or a wedding, etc. What do you do next? You stay calm. You remember that you got booked because the client liked you and/or your […]

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(Photo is Copyright Nicole S. Young – All Rights Reserved) Image and Post by Nicole Young – Follow Nicole on Twitter When you are photographing people one of the most important things you will want to capture is their expression. The last thing people want to see is something that looks fake or posed, so […]

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You’ve been asked to shoot a portrait. You are thinking about which pose you’ll use, how you’ll set your lights, how far the subject is from the background, what exposure to use, etc. Don’t forget the most important aspect of a good portrait – you’re taking a photograph of a living, breathing human being. When […]

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Digital Portrait Photography Author: Steve Sint Publisher: Lark Books (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.) Review by Conrad J. Obregon If you want to catch the soul of a subject, this may not be the book for you. But if you want to take a portrait that will show the subject to his or her best advantage, […]

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