Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights
Nov27

Shooting Portraits by Holiday Lights

“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”—Caroline Kennedy The Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* for Canon EOS is designed for medium and longer distances and provides high-performance capture even when shot wide open and even improves as the lens is stopped down. Lens construction controls flare and ghosting artifacts, resulting in a brilliant...

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Working with a Pre-Shoot Portrait  Checklist
Nov16

Working with a Pre-Shoot Portrait Checklist

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.”—Winston Churchill I think that the most important aspect of making portraits is communicating with the subject. It starts with initial contact and 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...

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Trends in Portrait Photography
Nov06

Trends in Portrait Photography

In the December ’17 issue of Shutterbug magazine, that’s currently on newsstands, I write about trends I foresee for photography in the coming year. I thought I would take this opportunity to look at a subset of these trends, specifically as it relates to portraiture. This isn’t based on any scientific or statistical analysis but a general overview of the style of portraits that I see on social media. And it may be that these trends...

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Make Time to Photograph Your Loved Ones
Oct27

Make Time to Photograph Your Loved Ones

“I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph.”—Elliott Erwitt Guest post by Mary Farace In a previous post, Joe wrote about documenting a changing world but I urge photographers to not only photograph places that they love but people as well. We can use our talent and imaging tools to change the world one person at a time...

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Portrait Wednesdays: Back to the Sixties
Oct04

Portrait Wednesdays: Back to the Sixties

In the book, One Face Fifty Ways by YouTubers Imogen Dyer and Mark Wilkinson demonstrate lighting, posing and other portrait techniques to capture the many looks and moods of a single person. This is similar to the approach Gary Bernstein used with Kay Sutton York in their 1988 book, Burning Gold, that I mentioned last week. With Wordy Wednesdays running for many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold...

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Portrait Wednesdays: Using an LED Ringlight
Sep27

Portrait Wednesdays: Using an LED Ringlight

“I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they’re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun.”—Clara Bow With Wordy Wednesdays running for so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case...

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Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela
Sep20

Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her...

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