Posts Tagged: family portraiture

Posing Group Portraits


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 »

Underexposed Film Grain for Effect


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 »

Five Portrait Lighting Patterns You Should Know

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  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 »

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… Read more »

Interview: Bill Gekas

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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 »

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… Read more »

Clamshell Lighting

For this post on clamshell lighting, I’m pulling something directly from my eBook, Lighting Guide For Portrait Photography.  This is a small section from the larger chapter on Headshots (Chapter 6) which covers a lot of material that builds upon earlier chapters.  I recommend learning the simple techniques in Chapters 2 and 3 first.  In… Read more »

One-Light Portraits, Dealing With Dark Backgrounds


One-light portrait setups are popular, and it’s easy to see why; they make creating portraits so easy, you almost can’t go wrong.  Place a light somewhere in the proximity of the traditional 45/45 position and you’ve got solid dramatic lighting.  Nail your exposure, and you’re golden. But there are some problems inherent with this type… Read more »