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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Monochrome & Color Portraiture
Mar24

Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture mode with some  offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but...

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Shooting Sigma’s 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens in the Studio
Mar14

Shooting Sigma’s 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens in the Studio

The Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens is part of their Art series and has an angle-of-view equivalent to 45mm. It’s designed for APS-C format digital SLRs like the Canon EOS 60D I tested it with. The lens has a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and produces quiet (for shooting video) and fast autofocus. It has Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and the company includes a nicely made lens hood and case at no extra cost. The...

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