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 »
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Old-School is Good School Professional photography used to be about a rare kind of craftsmanship. Way before digital, there was film, paper and chemicals, and retouching was done by hand with ink and a brush. Photographic equipment and materials were expensive and every click of the shutter came with a price. A photographer learned how… 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 demonstrate mixing flash with natural light as backlighting for hair and rim lighting effects.
Episode #3 of Flirting with Film: “Underexposed Film Grain for Effect.” 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… 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 »
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 »
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).
Maybe real is beautiful enough.