Good portraiture skills are crucial to successful photography, but surprisingly, very few photographers have an adequate understanding of all the necessary techniques. Even many professionals lack what I’d consider some of the essential skills. Sure, anyone can get lucky on the occasional shoot. And many photographers have a few simple go-to tricks, but that isn’t… Read more »
Posts Tagged: basics
I received a question about night photography the other day, and thought I’d throw it over to Jeff Kauffman to get his take on it. I asked if he could provide a few examples and explanations of his process. Here’s what he had to say: The first challenge in night photography is getting a proper… Read more »
The headshot could be considered a portrait photographer’s fundamental skill. After all, it’s a basic necessity for any client who’s in the public eye, or otherwise needs a good representation of their likeness for things like resumes, press releases, corporate use, casting, and even online profiles. In many ways, creating a good headshot can be… Read more »
I asked members of my Facebook Group to comment on camera shake (the term used when talking about blurry photos as a result of unsteady shooting). If you’re like me, you might have noticed that as you’ve gotten a little older, camera shake has gotten a little more noticeable. There are plenty of reasons, other… Read more »
Here’s a video clip that might help further illustrate some of the points on the previous post, Working with White Balance.
The following question came to me recently, so I thought I’d answer it here: Q: I have a few questions/misunderstandings about white balance (WB) and how to set it as close as possible in camera settings. I know it may be difficult to set perfect WB, but setting a proper WB can be confusing for… Read more »
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 »
In this video, I provide a quick overview of on-camera fill flash for outdoor portraiture. I know that using your flash on the hot shoe isn’t the sexiest technique in the world, but sometimes it’s the best way to go, especially for things like outdoor event shots, where things are moving quickly and conditions aren’t… Read more »
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 »
Photography Q&A. Question: What is the best portable gear for environmental portraits? Would speedlights be enough?