Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’
Feb21

Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers (thanks Izzy) we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts” with the idea that if a person was new to the blog, they would see the most popular five...

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Working with and Posing Glamour Models
Feb06

Working with and Posing Glamour Models

When I was a young photographer I asked my mentor, what was the worst thing I could do during a photo shoot. My guess was that it would be some kind of technical glitch but to my surprise he said, “not talking to the people.” If you don’t talk to the models that you’re photographing you are never, ever going to make good images. If you’ve participated in a group model shoot, you know what I mean. Shooters use their longest focal...

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Portrait Posing: Shooting Through a Pose
Dec19

Portrait Posing: Shooting Through a Pose

As Douglas Adams says at the beginning of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “This never happens…”: A subject meets photographer in the studio who tells them “stand over there,” clicks the shutter and the resultant pose is perfect. Actually that’s not entirely true. Sometimes it does happen except for that pesky “perfect” part. If you can get it in one shot, it’s the photographic equivalent of a golfer’s hole in one, so if that...

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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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