How to Find Good Light for Portraits Even at Midday

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You’ve probably heard you need to have good light for portraits. Okay great, but what does that mean exactly, and how do you find that elusive good light? In this article you’ll get some tips on how to recognize different kinds of light, and make choices based on the look you want for the final portrait. You’ll also learn about open shade, quality of light, direction of light and how to bring it all together so that you can work faster, smarter, and with less gear. Let’s begin!

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How To Get The Perfect Corporate Photo

Getting a good corporate photos has a lot to do with lighting. What should not come as a surprise if the fact that it also has a lot to with human interaction.

J.P. Morgan and the slanted lens crew walk through the ropes of a recent corporate shoot they did, and while they do talk about lighting (as always) I love the fact that they are investing a bit more time on this video about prep-work and talent direction.

The big take for me was not the lighting setup. It was the how to make sure the talent looks good and feels good, which definitely shows on the final image. (Yes, you will need to bring a steamer).

[One Light Corporate Image | The Slanted Lens]

My 12 Hours With Jerry Ghionis: A Review of the “How to Wow” Tour

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Let’s face it– there is a LOT of photography education out there to be had. Some of it’s great. Some of it’s good. Then some of it– a lot of it, unfortunately–  is simply sub-par and not worth your time. Some of the best, though, is currently coming from a company you may not have heard of. Founded by former Monte Zucker assistant Jeff Medford, MZed (formerly Monte Zucker Photographic Education) is bringing together some of the biggest names in photography, in an effort to provide some of the best photographic education available– in person or online.

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What Do You Think? Can A Service Like Togally Help Pro Photographers Earn A Living?

Will this service help draw in a new type of customer to photographers?

Will this service help draw in a new type of customer to photographers?

San Diego, California based start-up company, Togally, is hoping that it’s new platform will help connect photographers with clients by taking a slightly different approach. The company has designed and built a website which allows photographers (which they refer to as “togs”) to post a free profile on their website so that anyone with an internet connection and a need for a photographer can look them up and hire them. ( I find it to be like a combination of the services Thumbtack and ImageBrief provide.) [Read more...]

In Your Face Advice For Photographers Seeking Their Style From Marc Hauser

Marc Hauser is a legend when it comes to photography. He shot for the Rolling Stone magazine, Pepsi, Playboy and a bunch of others that you have most probably seen (even if not recognized as his). So when Marc gives advice about style, it is a good idea to listen.

Not surprisingly his advice has nothing to do with gear or lighting or any tech at all. It is purely about passion. Director Chris Cascarano had a 82 seconds feature with Marc in which he shares his ideals: Don’t be afraid of your ideas…. …. If you can’t do it right, do it big!

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Quick, Clever and Easy Method to Correct Skin Tones in Portraits

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When shooting portraits, getting the right skin tones is not a trivial task. Differences in lighting, skin tan and other factors can create uneven skin tones which our brains usually compensates in ‘real life’, but they can be quite distrusting when looking in a portrait.

Photographer Michael Woloszynowicz shares quite an easy method for correcting skin tones that automates the hardest part of the process – getting the correct skin tone to correct with. [Read more...]

How To Take Beautiful Portraits of Women With Or Without Photoshop

Building on last weeks April fools joke, where I riffed on the absurd idea that women actually prefer to look awful in photos and the current anti-Photoshop and no-makeup selfie trend making the rounds on social media – in this week’s article, I am going to share how to use proper lighting, posing and the right lens to make women look gorgeous without Photoshop, and then how I touch up portraits in Photoshop.

But first, we need a before and after (complete with cheesy internet meme).

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Yes, this is the same woman…read on to find out how I went from before to after.

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Touching Group Portrait For Sick Friend Done With Shaved Heads

There aren’t many single moments in life that you can lay your finger on and say that your life before that moment is completely different from the life after that moment. Discovering you have cancer is definitely a life changing moment. And is it in that moment that you need your supporting environment – friend and family – the most.

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Last month, one of Gerdi McKenna’s friends wrote an email asking Gerdi friends to come and make a group portrait for her. Having diagnosed with breast cancer, all of Gerdi’s friends accepted the invitation.

But, this was not a trivial group shot. To show their empathy, Gerdi’s friends all shaved their heads prior to posing for the portrait, which despite the sad circumstances is one of the most touching portraits I’ve seen. [Read more...]