Posts Categorized: General

How To Develop Your Photographic Style

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This post was adapted from my eBook, Taking Your Portraiture to the Next Level I. Many wedding and family photography portfolios featuring the latest looks, perspectives, posing, and post-processing are nice up to a point. I think we’ve all been interested in viewing what others in our industry are doing. We love looking at pictures,… Read more »

Creative Portrait Techniques

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This post was adapted from my eBook, Taking Your Portraiture to the Next Level I. Traditional and contemporary posing certainly have their place, but I’d like to present some alternative techniques in this post. Most of these examples are about finding ways to get your subject to relax, or forget about the camera. Others are… Read more »

The Artist and Model Relationship

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One of the biggest challenges for those of us who love to do creative portraiture is finding the right people to pose for us. It can be especially hard when you’re starting out, big on enthusiasm but short on portfolio pieces to show. And even if you’ve got a lot of work behind you, you… Read more »

Composite Images Using Foreground Elements

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Replacing backgrounds is an effective way to create a new look for our photos, but we can also add elements to the foreground of an image to give it extra impact. The subject isn’t always the closest thing to your camera, so why not reflect that in your creative composite work? In the following poster-style… Read more »

Portable Three-Point Lighting Setup for Less Than $500

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If you’d like to get the look of professional three-point lighting without breaking the bank, here’s a setup that might work for you.  Unless you’ve got a big budget, you probably can’t justify paying upwards of $5k on a three-point lighting setup.  And although there are some great budget studio lighting alternatives, you’re still looking… Read more »

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II

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In Episode #5 of Flirting with Film: “Mamiya RZ67 Pro II,” I offer an overview of the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium format SLR camera. The Mamiya RZ67 Pro II is a medium format single lens reflex camera produced in the mid 1990’s. It’s part of a modular system, and features interchangeable lenses and viewfinders,… Read more »

Bounce Flash: Off-Camera Flash for a Giant Softbox Effect

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One great way to get big, soft, even light for your portraits is by reflecting the light from a small source off of a larger surface.  This is a popular technique when using a camera-mounted flash, but I like to use it with off-camera flash units, too. This shot was taken in a medium-sized room… Read more »

Lightroom Presets for Creative Options

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a great all-around tool for importing, organizing, processing, and outputting your images. Lightroom’s Develop module allows you to make changes and add effects to an image without altering the original image file. And, an effect you apply to one image, can be copied over instantly to an entire group of images… Read more »

Yongnuo YN560 IV For Off-Camera Flash

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Yongnuo (H.K. Yong Nuo Photographic Equipment Co., Ltd.) is a Chinese interest that has been steadily making inroads into the high-end external flash market long dominated by Canon and Nikon. Yongnuo produces flash and flash triggering/syncing units that are compatible with Canon and Nikon E-TTL/II and i-TTL as well as non-TTL models. Certainly, the goal… Read more »

Photoshop Retouching Tutorials

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In this video, I quickly demonstrate several steps in a retouching workflow developed by Julia Kuzmenko McKim, a professional photographer and retouching expert.  Here, I’m using two of her popular eBooks as references, both of which I recommend if you’re new to retouching.  You can order them here: Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day (New)… Read more »