Putting Your Best Face Forward
Sep16

Putting Your Best Face Forward

People’s faces are not symmetrical and most of us really do have a “good” and “bad” side that photographs better or worse than the other side. Experienced models know this and will only give you what they think is their best side but they can be wrong. That’s why it’s a good idea to shoot a few test shots and determine which side of their face looks best. Keep in mind any pose is lighting dependent, so what looks great under...

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When’s the Last Time You Had Your Portrait Made?
Sep06

When’s the Last Time You Had Your Portrait Made?

I recently added new portraits of myself to the Bio pages of my Blog and main website. Both portraits were made by my friend Cliff Lawson and were not made during an “official” portrait session. They were shot while we were testing lighting (website portrait) or when Cliff was showing me his new Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens (blog portrait, also show below.) Tech details for both photographs are at the bottom of this post. I...

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A Few Basic Portrait Posing Tips
Apr28

A Few Basic Portrait Posing Tips

One of the most important elements in creating saleable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a beautiful woman but if her pose is awkward, clumsy, or just unattractive, it will reduce your ability to sell prints. And because often you’ll often be working with people that have not been photographed since their wedding or senior portraits, it’s important to develop an understanding of posing...

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Wordy Wednesday #205 “Inspired by Friends”
Apr13

Wordy Wednesday #205 “Inspired by Friends”

  I’ve often written about where I get my inspiration; One of them being the movies but the other is photography by my friends. A while ago Rick Sammon posted and image using a pose like this one featured on his website. I really like the idea and although Rick used speedlights for his setup I decided to do it using continuous light source—in this case a Rotolight RL48 Interview kit. You can see the lighting setup below. The...

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In the Studio: Warm Up Exercises
Mar22

In the Studio: Warm Up Exercises

At the urging of my mentor, Don Felter I attended a workshop on posing when I was a young photographer. The workshop went something like this: The speaker, a well-respected gentleman that was known for his classic style of portraiture, started by showing the steps involved in posing subject. His technique was basically this: Put the subject in pose A, then move on to pose B, then finish with Pose C.These were the film days when a roll...

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The Three P’s: Practicing Portrait Posing
Mar17

The Three P’s: Practicing Portrait Posing

“A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows [that] he is being photographed.”—Richard Avedon The above quote shows how the late Richard Avedon was not only was a genius behind a camera but unusually perceptive about his photographs and what they represented. A portrait seldom represents reality. Instead it’s a snapshot of a point in time and represents an idealized version of someone who knows they’re being...

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What is a Portrait?
Jan15

What is a Portrait?

“every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Recently I was talking with a photographer/friend from the East Coast and he showed me some of his latest portraits. And I was surprised...

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