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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Using a Pre-Shoot Portrait  Checklist
Jan08

Using a Pre-Shoot Portrait Checklist

The most important aspect of making portraits is communicating with the subject. It starts with initial contact and then moves onto communication during the session but to make the best possible image, you need to start before a subject arrives. Here’s a few simple tips that will make your subjects look better which in turn translates into better portraits and happier clients. Feel free to copy and even improve these suggestions—and...

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Shooting Portraits on Seamless Paper
Dec10

Shooting Portraits on Seamless Paper

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”— Diane Arbus I haven’t had an Oreo in a long time but anybody who’s ever made a portrait know what the late Ms. Arbus was talking about. Photographing a subject against a seamless paper background is the ultimate tests of one’s ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing...

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