Posts Categorized: Portraiture

Common Portrait Lighting Mistakes

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Here is a quick list of several common portrait lighting mistakes that beginners, and even pros, often make.  Why are they mistakes?  Because the goal of most portraiture is to depict the subject in a flattering, or at the very least, recognizable, way.  When there’s a problem with lighting or technique, you’ll often get just… Read more »

Film Photography for Weddings and Portraiture with Matt Haines

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Wedding and portraiture is dominated today by digital photographers, but film photography is alive and kicking, and some are making their mark with film photography in an otherwise crowded market.  Matt Haines is one such shooter.  He’s making it happen with film photography, and tells us why and how he’s doing it. EV: How did… Read more »

Intuitive Portrait Lighting

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Light Your Way, But Learn From the Masters If you’ve studied portrait lighting at all, you’re probably familiar with several classic lighting styles, including: Broad Lighting, Short Lighting, Butterfly/Paramount Lighting, and Rembrandt/Loop Lighting. Each of these portrait lighting styles can be used to create a pleasing or “corrective” effect on the subject. For example, Short… Read more »

Five Portrait Lighting Patterns You Should Know

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  Traditional portrait lighting patterns are the foundation of all good portraiture.  This is something I stress in several of my eBooks, and in this post, I’ll describe the five basic lighting patterns and include a video for reference.  I hope you find it useful. The Five Portrait Lighting Patterns Short Lighting:  good for most… Read more »

Good Backgrounds Are Everywhere

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Do you need an exciting location to make great people photos?  Not really.  As a matter of fact, the more “location” you put in the shot, the less emphasis you’re going to have on the person featured in it.  Sometimes that’s okay, because sometimes the story is not just about the person, but also about… Read more »

Interview: Bill Gekas

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Bill Gekas is a portrait photographer residing in Melbourne, Australia.  His Old Masters-style portraiture featuring his daughter are skillfully crafted and captivating.  Here, we talk about his tools and methodology, and how he developed his unique style. How did your style come about?  Was it something you envisioned and decided to try to create, or… Read more »

Qualities of a Good Subject

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Where does the magic come from and why isn’t it always there?  One person can get in front of your camera with all the promise in the world, and you’re left with dull, empty portraits that you can’t quite explain.  Nothing there.  No life, and what seems to be a total lack of connection between… Read more »

Maintain the Portrait Lighting Position

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I’ve noticed that many photographers, even those with years of experience shooting portraiture, seem to get lost with their lighting when posing their subjects in new ways. For example, a good family portrait and/or headshot photographer, having recently added Boudoir to their list of services, might suddenly realize they’re in new lighting territory. One common… Read more »

Natural Light Portraiture: On Your Terms

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For a photographer who is more comfortable working with studio light, sometimes I feel that I’m a little out of my comfort zone when it comes to natural light portraiture.  I like having total control over my lighting, and with natural light, I have to give up a little bit of that control.  I see… Read more »

One-Light Portraits, Dealing With Dark Backgrounds

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One-light portrait setups are popular, and it’s easy to see why; they make creating portraits so easy, you almost can’t go wrong.  Place a light somewhere in the proximity of the traditional 45/45 position and you’ve got solid dramatic lighting.  Nail your exposure, and you’re golden. But there are some problems inherent with this type… Read more »