What is a Portrait?
Jul25

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.  I was surprised to...

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Capturing the Essence of a Portrait Subject
Jun29

Capturing the Essence of a Portrait Subject

“I’ve never taken a photograph of someone and created a persona, I’ve just discovered what was already there.”― Anthony Farrimond “I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”— Frida Kahlo The other day, after lunch at my favorite fish taco stand, I walked by a group of young women having lunch and as I passed by overheard one saying, “You can’t capture the...

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Why You Need a Mood Wall
Jun27

Why You Need a Mood Wall

A mood wall or board is a collage consisting of images, text, and objects built around upon set topic. A mood board can be used to give a general idea of a specific topic and may be physical or digital. I was having breakfast with a couple of photographers when one of them, an accomplished glamour photographer, said something about the ideas he gets from his mood wall. “What’s a mood wall?” I ask and he gives me an answer similar to...

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Basic In-Studio Posing Tips
May01

Basic In-Studio Posing Tips

“With modeling, you pose. You want to look your best all the time. With acting, you have to be aware of the camera, but the more you show your imperfections, the better you’re going to be.”— Diane Kruger One of the most important elements in creating salable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a man, woman or couple but if their pose is awkward or clumsy, it will reduce your...

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Trending: Portrait and Glamour Photography
Apr27

Trending: Portrait and Glamour Photography

“None of us is born with the right face. It’s a tough job being a portrait photographer.” – Imogen Cunningham At the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers we added a section to the blog’s right-hand column called “Top Posts,” the idea being that new readers would see the most popular five or six posts that they could catch up with what’s going on in the blog. This tabulation is done automatically by...

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End of a Portrait Thread?
Mar07

End of a Portrait Thread?

“The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial… he cannot go along with currents and trends.”—Alfred North Whitehead I guess we can add photographer to Mr. Whitehead’s comment. Today is the last day on a two-week run of portrait-oriented posts so I thought I would end it with an one of my favorite images of my former muse*, Ms. Tia Stoneman. A portrait of Tia is...

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Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops
Feb28

Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops

February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year (307 in leap years). Making a portrait a subject against a solid color backdrop, like seamless paper, 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 clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your...

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