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Make your subjects look their best with our professional portrait photography tips, covering lighting setups, location scouting and tips for working with models.

Studio Light Positioning Tutorial for Portrait Photography

Studio Light Positioning Tutorial for Portrait Photography

If you’re just getting started with studio portraits and artificial lighting, chances are that you’re wondering about where to place your lights. Photographer Daniel Norton from Adorama shares some commonly used portrait lighting setups to help you get started: Getting Started Norton uses a single light setup with a Profoto B1X inside a Chimera extra […]

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Underwater Portrait Photography: Behind the Scenes

Underwater Portrait Photography: Behind the Scenes

Underwater photography gives us a glimpse of a different world. As beautiful as the images are, capturing them is an adventure of its own. In this video, underwater photographer Lexi Laine shares a glimpse of behind the scenes in the enchanting cenotes of Mexico: “For me, the most amazing thing about being underwater is that […]

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13 Tips for Photographing School Portraits

13 Tips for Photographing School Portraits

Youngsters are back to school, and you know what that means—annual school portraits. School portraits can be challenging for both the kids and the photographer. Here are a few tips to hopefully help school picture day run a bit more smoothly. 1. Talk to the Kids Many of them will be frightened, and a conversation can […]

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3 Natural Light Hacks for Portraits

3 Natural Light Hacks for Portraits

Photography is about shaping light. And the best light is all around you—completely free. Having a good understanding of how to shape and make use of natural light is crucial to developing as a photographer. Photographer Sawyer Hartman shares three amazing lighting hacks to improve your photography: 1. Reverse Sun Bounce Hack All you need […]

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How to Avoid Red Eye in Photography

How to Avoid Red Eye in Photography

Today’s photo tip is about spooky, creepy looking eyes. We all know about the red eye effect ruining our photos, but have you ever seen the green or blue eye effect? This cousin of the red eye effect is often seen in pet portraits. In animals, green and blue eyes are the same thing as […]

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Harsh Sunlight Portrait Photography: 4 Tips

Harsh Sunlight Portrait Photography: 4 Tips

When offered a choice to set up a photo shoot, you’ll most likely schedule it in the early morning or around sunset. The soft light flatters the subject and surroundings and makes your work a lot easier. But what if you need to take first look photos at high noon? As a professional, you need […]

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Black & White Portrait Techniques with Soft Light

Black & White Portrait Techniques with Soft Light

Black and white photographs are usually associated with directional, harsh light. This results in high contrast images which are attractive to the eye. But what about soft light? Does it work with black and white images? Photographer Mark Wallace from Adorama tries it out in this video: Using a Hard Light Modifier Wallace starts off […]

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How to Improve Portraits with Catchlights

How to Improve Portraits with Catchlights

Catchlights are often the key to impactful photos of people. They inject a sense of life into a portrait and immediately grab the viewer’s attention. Professional portrait photographer Miguel Quiles shares how you can create interesting catchlights to take stunning portraits: “A catchlight is a light source that causes a specular highlight in a subject’s […]

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Portrait Photography Tutorial with Overhead Lighting

Portrait Photography Tutorial with Overhead Lighting

A single flash used as an overhead light can deliver great results. However, if you work in a small home studio with limited ceiling height, it can pose a challenge. Photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama shows you how you can place a softbox overhead to create an impact in your images: The first important thing […]

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Using Windows with Portrait Photography

Using Windows with Portrait Photography

Windows act as wonderful sources of natural light for indoor portraits. Place your subject close to a window, and you can get beautiful natural lighting. However, when the window gets included in the shot, this can trick the camera’s metering quite easily. Photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama explains how you can take control of the […]

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