Archive | Portrait Photography

What is Facial Modeling?

One of the most difficult things to get right in portrait photography is the lighting on the face. You don’t want the shadows to be too harsh, and you don’t want their face to be extremely bright. There is a delicate medium that takes place  when you get the lighting perfect on the face. It […]

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Use Blinkies for Perfect Portrait Lighting

Portrait photographers are always chasing perfect, soft light that reduces facial shadows and enhances the overall aesthetic of the photograph. Those photos usually happen during the golden hour. Sometimes, it’s not easy to see just how close you are to blowing a photograph out (also known as an overexposed photograph) because you’re trying to show soft, […]

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How Crafting Can Help Your Portraits

It’s certainly no secret that portrait sessions can be extremely difficult, especially when it’s a family shoot that involves extremely shy kids. Kids have the unique ability, almost super power-esque, to shut down all cooperation, and eventually the whole shoot is garbage (you can get them to come out of their shell, though, with these […]

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Portrait Framing: Don’t Cut People

“I shoot and cut people,” is the classic (and maybe slightly overused) joke among portrait photographers. It describes their workflow of taking people’s photographs and then cropping them down to perfectly place them in the image frame. So, that begs the question to those struggling to get into portrait photography, “What is proper portrait framing?” Well, […]

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Facial Lighting 101

What’s the main focus of any portrait? It’s definitely the face. Ask any photographer, and they will tell you that the face has to be perfect. Think about it this way, if you are in a normal conversation with someone, what’s the one place you look? It’s their face. It’s where we communicate expression and […]

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Taking Photos with Shy Kids

As a family and portrait photographer, one of your biggest foes is a shy child. Let’s face it, kids can completely control a photo shoot. If they choose to go into a shy mode, they will completely shut down the shoot by their inability to cooperate. Is it easy to deal with? Maybe for some. […]

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How to Shoot Silhouettes

Learning how to shoot silhouettes properly is a great tool to have ready in your arsenal of photo trickery. Silhouettes are great for all types of photography: portraits, landscapes, wildlife, sports, etc. Even though they don’t show the features of a subject, silhouettes catch people’s interest. If you are not familiar with what a silhouette […]

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