Tag Archives: family portraiture

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Mixing Flash and Natural Backlighting

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

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Underexpose Film for Grain Effects

Episode #3 of Flirting with Film: “Underexpose for Grain Effects.”  I shoot a roll of Kodak Portra 800 in low-light conditions in order to maximize on grain.  Make sure to subscribe to my channel so you can be updated when new videos come out. Above:  Notice the thin area of this negative (shadow). Although there […]

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Five Portrait Lighting Patterns You Should Know

Traditional portrait lighting is 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 lighting patterns are listed here: Short Lighting:  good for most […]

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Natural Light and Hotspots

I like to work without unnecessary complications. If there’s beautiful natural light available, and it meets my needs for a certain look, then I’m not going to introduce flash, or extra reflectors and flags for that matter. I say, if the light’s there, and it works, then use it as-is. The trick is to know […]

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Video: On-Camera Fill Flash

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 […]

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Interview: Bill Gekas

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 […]

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Richard Renaldi: Portrait project

One of the most amazing things I’ve seen in a long time; photographer Richard Renaldi taking two strangers, constructing an intimacy, and making it real (even if just for a moment).

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Does Everything Have to be Retouched?

Maybe real is beautiful enough.

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Unmasking the Solution

I’ve been interested in using masks as props for my images but just a little unsure about how to make something like that work.  On the one hand, a mask hides the face and expression, which is not really something I’m interested in.  On the other hand, it can help create a feeling of anonymity […]

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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, […]