Shooting Portraits in Black & White
May23

Shooting Portraits in Black & White

Proving you can change your tune, Paul Simon revised the lyrics to Kodachrome from “everything looks worse in black and white.” When he performed the song in Central Park in 1991 everything looked “better” in black & white. Sometimes color confuses a viewer taking the focus away from the photograph’s subject, especially in a portrait. And some black and white images, such as landscapes, have more drama when seen as monochrome....

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How I Became a People Photographer
May12

How I Became a People Photographer

It may come as a surprise to some of you but I didn’t start out to be a people photographer. Back in the day, when Mary and I opened our studio, we divided the workload: She photographed people and I photographed things, mostly architecture and some products. Every now and then because of scheduling and availability I would shoot a few business portraits but people were really Mary’s game. When she took an extended sabbatical from...

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Special Effects are Subject Dependent
May08

Special Effects are Subject Dependent

Before the Dot Com bust,  I also wrote for several computer magazines and one of the things I dreamed up was “Farace’s Laws of the Computing Universe.” I figured  if Murphy and Burke (my inspiration) could have their own laws so could I.  When I started writing exclusively about photography, I brought those laws into my magazines and books. One of the most important of all of Farace’s Laws of the Imaging Universe is that all special...

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Two-for-One Lens: Macro & Portrait
May02

Two-for-One Lens: Macro & Portrait

In the podcast about lenses that Barry Staver and I did for our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips, i mentioned briefly in passing how much I liked Panasonic ‘s Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA OIS lens becasuse it is both a great lens for shooting tradiitonal macro-type subjects but is al-aso a wonderfully usef lens for portraits as well. As a macro lens. it lets you to capture subjects in their actual size with a 1:1...

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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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Working with Props & Backgrounds
Apr28

Working with Props & Backgrounds

“I take photographs with love, so I try to make them art objects. But I make them for myself first and foremost – that is important”— Jacques-Henri Lartigue They may not be the subject of the portrait but the right prop and background will not only enhance a photograph, they can improve your image with your clients. But you need to light it appropriately. In a portrait of a child sitting on a Victorian bench in a environment...

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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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