Using Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits
Feb16

Using Built-In Flash for Casual Portraits

“It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.”—Voltaire The key to using your camera’s built-in flash for shooting portraits is knowing the right time to use it. If there’s any secret to knowing when, it’s learning how to see the light falling on your subject, especially the range of shadows and highlights within the scene. Learning to see light is not difficult but takes a bit of practice and using your...

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Using Color Filters for Black & White Portraits
Jan26

Using Color Filters for Black & White Portraits

If you’re new to the world of using on-lens filters for black and white photography, here’s a quick primer. A Yellow filter darkens skies  and is typically used for landscapes but when shooting in snow, it can produce brilliant textures. An orange filter produces effects similar to the yellow filter but skies are darker and clouds more defined. An orange filter can be used in portraiture under household (tungsten) light sources to...

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Using Soft Focus or Blur for Portraits
Jan12

Using Soft Focus or Blur for Portraits

When it comes to portraiture, you don’t always want tack sharp photographs. Blur and selective blur, when applied to an otherwise ordinary photograph can create a mood that fits an impression of the subject more than the reality but sometimes the distinction between  blur and soft focus gets confused, so let’s take a look at their differences. Blur: Blur can be caused by camera or subject motion and can be accidentally or deliberately...

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Working with Different Kinds of Portrait Subjects
Dec09

Working with Different Kinds of Portrait Subjects

“The reason some portraits don’t look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.” ― Salvador Dalí A portrait shoot is a team effort so its important that you talk to your subject and discuss what you and they would like to accomplish during a shoot. Many times I’ve seen photographers shooting people and expecting them to do all the work. Sometimes that works and sometime it doesn’t because there...

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Right In Your Own Backyard
Nov17

Right In Your Own Backyard

“I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.”—Queen Latifah When making an image, other than “I’d like to make a nice photo,” I don’t always have any specific goals and objectives in mind but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. My friend Matt Staver is a...

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More Secrets to Finding Glamour Models
Nov14

More Secrets to Finding Glamour Models

Where do I find my glamour photography models? That’s a question I get asked lot. Finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. Today’s post is the next one in this series that offers another one my real-world suggestions on the best ways to find glamour models. Secret Number 2: Hand out your business cards to potential models. While it may seem obvious, handing out business cards to potential models you see...

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Secrets to Finding Glamour Models
Nov07

Secrets to Finding Glamour Models

By popular request, Model Monday’s are back.One of the questions I get asked a lot (after how do I pronounce my last name) is “where do you find glamour models?” Finding glamour models is as easy or difficult as you want to make it. If you work at it methodically and consistently, you will discover that really good models will find you. Since so many of you have asked this question, today begins a series of blog post that...

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