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Portrait photographers like David Ziser and Clay Blackmore taught me very early in my career that great portraits are almost always short lit, and that made me happy. Knowing that a simple technique could give me a leg up in making great portraits was music to my ears. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand what that […]

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At Skip’s Summer School last week in Chicago we had hands-on shoots for all students. In one class, I saw an opportunity to make a couple of teaching shots with this lesson in mind. Watch those eyes. In a portrait, the eyes are arguably the most important thing in the photo. If the eyes are […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here… PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH.  Host Rich Harrington and co-host Scott Bourne interview Tamara Lackey about her photography and business philosophies. Portrait […]

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Guest Post and Photo by Tamara Lackey – Follow Tamara on Twitter – twitter.com/tamaralackey One of the more difficult things for a portrait photographer to do is start the shoot with a resistant subject. You can light them stunningly well, pose them beautifully, and place them against the most perfect backdrop ever – but if your […]

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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. Short and sweet. If you’re a beginner, this will help your portraits improve dramatically. If you’re an old hand this will serve as a reminder for how to make portraits that sing. […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Communication is the most important aspect of portraiture. It starts with initial client contact and then moves onto communication during the session. To make the best possible image, you need to start before they arrive. Here’s a few simple tips that will make your […]

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Post & Photo by Joe Farace – Follow Joe on Twitter Low-key lighting is a style of lighting that creates a chiaroscuro (strong contrast between light and dark) effect by accentuating the contours of an object by throwing areas into shadow and usually only requires one light, maybe the sun, that sometimes can be supplemented […]

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