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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.

Mirror Portrait Techniques in a Studio

Mirror Portrait Techniques in a Studio

When used creatively, even a simple household mirror can help you create intriguing images. Photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama explains how you can work with mirrors to create stunning reflection portraits: Preparing the Mirror Hoey uses a normal household glass mirror removed from its frame. The bigger the mirror, the better. For safety reasons, make […]

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How to Use the Inverse Square Law in Photography

How to Use the Inverse Square Law in Photography

If you need a one line explanation of the inverse square, here it is: “It’s basically light fall off.” That’s really all there is to know. But that’s probably not why you’re here. You’re here because you want to know how it impacts your photography. Peter Hurley explains: For starters, this is the mathematical formula for the inverse […]

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Single Speedlight Portrait Tutorial

Single Speedlight Portrait Tutorial

Portrait photography lighting shouldn’t be an expensive and complicated deal. With a proper understanding of what you’re doing, even a single speedlight can help you achieve great portraits. Photographer Sean Tucker shows you how you can create dramatic portraits with a single speedlight and a cheap modifier: For a portrait photographer, using strobes can expand […]

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Window Portrait: Photography Activity

Window Portrait: Photography Activity

Need some inspiration for indoor photos? Try this window light portrait technique. This is a basic indoor portrait with soft window light from one side. You’ll need: A window that does not face the sun (or it is overcast outside) Daylight A willing model Camera Setup Mode: Aperture Priority (Often shown as Av on the […]

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How to Take Indoor Portraits

How to Take Indoor Portraits

I would like to share with you some valuable keys to taking better indoor portraits and still life photographs. These are insider secrets I’ve learned over the past 33 years as an avid photographer. They aren’t something I learned in a class or studied at college. Rather, they are things that I’ve picked up along […]

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5 Easy Tips for Better Natural Light Portrait Photography

5 Easy Tips for Better Natural Light Portrait Photography

Have you ever wondered how pro photographers get those great portraits that grab your attention so much that you often forget you’re looking at a picture? Through my experience as a professional photographer, I can pass on a few simple tips to make sure you get great portraits every time you click the shutter. 1. […]

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Candlelit Portrait: Photography Activity

Candlelit Portrait: Photography Activity

This is an indoor portrait taken in near darkness, resembling a birthday cake shot. You’ll need: A darkish room that doesn’t have a lot of stray light coming in One or more candles A willing model Camera Setup: Mode: Aperture Priority (Often shown as Av on the mode wheel) ISO: 800 or so (there will […]

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Catch Light in Portrait Photography

Catch Light in Portrait Photography

While most of you know what a portrait photography catch light is, bear with me. At some point, it was a new idea for you, just as I’m sure it is for some of the other readers. In the interest of being thorough, in today’s photo tip, let’s have a quick look into the catch […]

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Hero or Villain Portrait Lighting Tutorial

Hero or Villain Portrait Lighting Tutorial

Lighting plays an important role in setting the mood in your photos. Photographer Gavin Hoey from Adorama shows you how you can use two flashes to create a high contrast, dramatic portrait. The split lighting effect has a distinctive shadow running through the center of the subject’s nose and is also known as badger lighting: […]

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How to Take Great Portraits

How to Take Great Portraits

In my opinion, the greatest medium for capturing a person’s character is through photography. It may seem odd to say a single shot can capture character while only capturing the moment, but done well, it will tell you more about the person than any other medium. Personality Many tutorials start by advising you, the viewer, […]

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