Portraiture Tutorials


Mixing Flash and Natural Backlighting

I demonstrate mixing flash with natural backlighting for hair and rim lighting effects.  


Using Reflectors for Outdoor Portraits

I must admit that I get a little spoiled working in the studio.  Having total control over my lighting definitely makes it easier to get the look I want for my portraiture.  Sure, there’s a learning curve but once you get your basics down , it’s all very straight-forward.  Outdoor lighting, on the other hand, […]


Maintain the Portrait Light Position

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 […]


15 Photo Projects That Will Boost Your Creativity

Here’s a new eBook that I’ve been working on over the past few months.  It’s called, 15 Photo Projects That Will Boost Your Creativity.  My hope is that readers will use what I’ve presented as a starting point to open their minds up to new ways of working with their cameras and subjects. Some of […]


Three-Point Lighting for Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography. An overview of a classic three-point lighting setup used in portrait photography. Other videos >>


Using a Reflector for Fill Light

Portrait Photography. Using a reflector to create fill lighting and reduce contrast. Other videos >>  


One Light Portrait Setup


Simple Headshot: Two Lights and a Backdrop

In areas with high concentrations of actors, dancers, and other performers, headshots are the bread and butter for many photographers.  You can easily create a professional-looking studio portrait like the one shown here with minimal lighting.  For this quick example, I placed a Canon 580 EX II on a stand high and to the camera-left […]


Bathed In Light: A High Key Lighting Tutorial

There are many ways to achieve a high key look and in this tutorial we’re going to cover one of my favorites: the high-key, ethereal look.  Getting this look can be a piece of cake if you keep the basic lighting concept in mind and follow just a few simple tips.  Even with minimal gear, […]

Flash unit with umbrella rig.

Video: Off-Camera Flash, Light Stand Setup

A quick explanation of how I setup up off-camera flash. This is the same setup I describe in detail in the blog and my eBooks. Using a light stand, umbrella adapter, and a hotshoe-to-PocketWizard adapter cable, I place the flash unit off-camera and into a shoot-through umbrella.