Here’s to Hair, Hats and Better Portraits
Aug27

Here’s to Hair, Hats and Better Portraits

One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received from another photographer was one provided by the late Leon Kennamer. Whenever he would start a portrait session with a new client the first thing he would do is make a Polaroid test shot of the subject and then hand it to them asking “how do you like your hair?” And the truth boys and girls, is that if a subject doesn’t like the way their hair looks they’re not going to like the...

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Using Gel Filters & Speedlights for Outdoor Portraits
Jul25

Using Gel Filters & Speedlights for Outdoor Portraits

A digital SLR’s Tungsten color balance setting is amazingly useful; it’s like loading a film camera with Tungsten-balanced color slide film. It’s useful when shooting under living room incandescent lamps but you can also use it outdoors with a filtered flash to create a special effect. One of my favorite techniques for using the Tungsten setting is for portraits. This portrait was made on a movie set in Phoenix. The camera...

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