www.shawphotographygroup.com 2014

Our job as photographers is to capture the essence of our subjects. This involves adjusting to our clients and any given situation on a moment’s notice. A challenge is simply an opportunity. Recently, fellow photographer Toni Shaw shared her experience of working with an antsy client. Confined to the walls of her studio, her young […]

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As a portrait photographer, I love getting a close, tight shot that really captures the personality of my subject. Understanding the limitations and effects your gear has on the final image is vital. Close up portraits are typically shot using a focal length of 85mm or longer, but when starting out, these lenses may not be an […]

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You can look at my work and compare it with the books I’ve read and you’ll probably be able to tell which book I read because it strongly influences my work. Well, even though I just finished Peter Hurley’s book, The Headshot, he has been influencing my work ever since he was featured on Scott Kelby’s […]

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When it comes to portraits, the slightest change in posing can dramatically change the feel and look of the overall image. It is normal for people to sit with their heads further back, which does not make for an engaging portrait. One of the most simple shifts in your subject’s head position can change everything. […]

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Environmental portraits show people in their place, their habitat. The environment sets the mood and the place of the story, and a single look at the photograph can tell you what the story is about. Let me show you three things I think about as I light the background to make an environment worth photographing. 1. It’s Gotta Be […]

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“Can you make me lose ten pounds?” is the first thing every one of my subjects asks, implying the use of Photoshop wizardry. Ten Pounds? Sheesh, we can do that with a simple pose. Here’s a good looking guy, with a great smile. Carlos is a great friend and photographer, and we can help him […]

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Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens @135mm, f/11, 1/200s, ISO 200, finished in Adobe Lightroom. There’s an instant when a person looks into the lens and has expressive eyes. The key is that eyes are most expressive when they first look into the lens, so you just need your subject to look into the lens […]

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