When creating studio portraits, it’s good to make the subject stand out from the background. Most photographers know this, but many still make the mistake and don’t backlight their models properly (or at all). In this short video, photographer Manny Ortiz will show you three easy ways to backlight your model and make it separate from the background using speedlights.
I focus my lens not on the forms but on the life that animates them. That’s what attracts me. If this triggers something in you, read on.
On December 20, 2011, exactly five years ago, I shot the first picture of my lucky series “Portraits In Silence”.
At the time, I wasn’t completely aware of being at a big turning point in my way of shooting pictures. I just followed my gut. Up until then, I used to have two very different approaches depending on the type of picture I was working on.
Photographer Rich Johnson is no stranger to Star Wars and space, a lot of his work revolves around space (and some not), but I think it’s safe to say that none of his previous works is as total and as encapsulation as his celebration or Rey portrayed by his daughter.
Rich tells DIYP a little bit about how this wondrous project came to be and how it was created:
Being a huge Star Wars fan, you could imagine my excitement when I took my family to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘. As my family and I neared the end of the movie, I realized the character Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) was going to be one of those characters that was going to be awesome all on her own, without the assistance of needless, gender-based dialogue. From start to finish, the focus was on her character, not her own self awareness of reality-based gender limitations.
Since I’m the father of an amazing three year old girl, these characters have become very important to me. I know it’s essential that my daughter focuses on being the best she can be, regardless of the many boxes the world will inevitably try to put her in, and she needs strong female heroes she can look up to. As soon as she watched ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, she was hooked. When the movie hit Bluray she watched it over and over, and Rey has since become her favorite character, all without any parental coercion from me.
Photos from distant destinations can be wonderful and inspiring. But at the same time, watching them can be a bit depressing when you think you’ll never get to visit those destinations and make such gorgeous photos. This can even cause creative block and keep you from shooting for a while.
But, we must not forget that for beautiful photos you don’t need to travel far. Sometimes it’s enough to simply walk around your neighborhood. This video will inspire you to take great photos without traveling half the world, and it may rekindle your artistic flame.
We all imagine our favorite celebrities in a certain way. But what we see is the picture they create for the public, and it’s perfectly normal. But a Shutterstock staff photographer Andrew H. Walker reveals the different sides of their personalities. He created a series of double portraits which show that our favorite celebrities may not be as we imagine them.
It’s that time of year again, gathered around our families. They all know we have that fancy camera. So, it’s down to us to document the event and get portraits of everybody for history. Shooting portraits, though, isn’t always that easy if it’s not something you’re used to doing.
Well, here’s Ilko Alexandroff with 16 portrait photography tips to help get you going. It’s not one of those “cram as many tips as you can into 3 minutes” videos either. Ilko goes pretty in depth on some of them, and talks about his reasons for choosing one thing over another. All in, it’s a 47 minute video, and well worth the watch.
Do you use Photoshop for your portrait photos? Silly me, of course you do. We all do, and that’s fine. But do you draw a line between acceptable and unacceptable amount of retouching? Do you merely emphasize people’s natural beauty, or are you the one who makes them look beautiful? Scott Kelby – photographer, retouchist, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, gives a fantastic and inspiring talk on this topic. Why do we retouch people in Photoshop? And do we know what our job as retouchists is?
Reflector is most likely the second or the third thing most of us buy after the camera. If you are a portrait photographer, you probably use it a lot. But are you using it properly? In this video, Joe Edelman teaches you how to use the reflector properly and create flattering light for your subject when shooting outdoors. And the way to do it is actually very simple.
It’s always interesting to see how photographers observe the work of other people from the industry. Digital Photography Review created a short video where they asked several well-known photographers who they would want to take their portrait. Some of the interviewed photographers include Brian Smith, Peter Hurley, Gerd Ludwig and Ron Haviv, to name a few. The answers they give are interesting and versatile. Some are funny, some serious, but they all show respect and admiration for the work of others.