How To Shoot Dramatic Portraits By Yourself With Only A Single Light And On Location

One-LightWho says pulling off an entire photoshoot by yourself needs to be difficult? Not Jay P. Morgan. In the quick video clip below he invites us behind the scenes of photoshoot he did on location in Maine. Morgan wanted to photograph fisherman on his first visit to New England, but he traveled light for this trip, only carrying a single light and softbox along with his camera. Seeing as how he only had two hours to setup and complete the shoot, not having an extensive lighting setup kind of worked as an advantage. He had an assistant along with him, but her job was strictly to film the behind the scenes footage, Morgan handled the photoshoot all on his own.

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Revisiting Shinichi Maruyama’s “Nude”; 10,000 Photos Of Nude Dancers Composited Into One

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A well made photograph never gets boring to look at. As proven by the images that make up Shinichi Maruyama’s Nude series, which features gorgeous photographs of nude dancers. The photographs, however, are not your average studio shot and that beautiful display of the dancers motion wasn’t captured using long exposure techniques as you might suspect. Rather, Maruyama photographed the dancers using frame rates near 2,000 frames per second. In total, each individual image you see is actually made up of about 10,000 frames that were composited together during post production. [Read more...]

Check Out The Awesome Makeup In This Epic Self Portrait Project: 31 Days Of Halloween

amandachapmanFor most of us, the hardest part about committing to a portrait project is coming up with new and creative photos day in and day out, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for pro photographer, Amanda Chapman. Since 2012, Chapman has been partaking in a 31 Days Of Halloween project where she dresses up in different makeup and costume every day for the month of October. Once learning her husband had been diagnosed with cancer in August of 2012, Chapman desperately needed an outlet and a project to ease the mind’s of her and her family. As October of the same year rolled around, she started doing different makeup every day and posting the photos to her facebook page.

Though she had no formal training in makeup, in fact, she had only done it a couple times in the past for Halloween costumes, her Tim Burton inspired looks grabbed the attention of her fans while simultaneously giving her family something fun to look forward to each day.  [Read more...]

Wanna Know How To Make An Already Viral Photo Project Even More Worthy? (Hint: Bring Puppies!)

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You look like you could use a little puppy break. We have just the right medicine for you. Feast your eyes on Carli Davidson’s latest projects, Puppy Time Lapse and SHAKE Puppies. The projects are follow ups to her viral project, SHAKE, (from 2012) which featured grown dogs shaking it out in slow motion–ears flapping in the air, drool flying every which way. It is glorious. And it gets even better….This new project, SHAKE Puppies, is the same idea, only expands on the original with a boatload of adorable puppies because yes. [Read more...]

Poignant Portrait Series Show Shelter Dogs Moments Before They Are Euthanized

10:54PM, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 Hours

10:54PM, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 Hours

Taiwanese photographer,Yun-Fei Tou, has been working on a portrait project which focuses on very heartbreaking subject matter. Memento Mori introduces viewers to shelter dogs in the last hours of the dogs life. All of the dogs, some healthy, some victims of severe neglect, are unknowingly waiting to be euthanized by one of the government run pounds in Taiwan. Though, that’s not to single out Taiwain, as this type of thing occurs all over the world. [Read more...]

Photo Series Illustrates Same Sex Couples Relaxing In Their Homes In The 1980′s

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Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier 2014

This effective photo series by American photographer, Sage Sohier, provides a remarkably beautiful storyline to her latest book, At Home With Themselves. The 122 page book documents the lives of same sex couples living in America in the 1980′s, a time shrouded by fear as a frenzied public struggled to better understand the AIDS epidemic that had just began sweeping through the gay community. It was the pain of the AIDS crisis that inspired Sohier to embark on the project in 1986. After watching more and more gay men fall victim to the disease, Sohier began seeking out same sex couples that would allow her to visit their homes and take candid photos of them where they are most at ease. [Read more...]

1000 Beautifully Photographed Poses From Supermodel Coco Rocha

coco2As much as we’d like for our clients to just naturally know how to pose for a photograph, we have to be realistic; it’s never going to happen. Part of the portrait photographers job, in fact, is to be able to tell their subjects how to pose and present themselves in front of the camera and, just like our subjects, we’re not always the best at posing, either. Fortunately, supermodel Coco Rocha (aka “The Queen of Pose” ) has teamed up with iconic photographer, Steven Sebring, to publish the super useful book Study Of Pose. [Read more...]

Inspiring Portrait Project Breaks Down Stereotypes; Shows Raw Beauty Of Disabled Women

Wendy Crawford photographed by Walter Chin

Wendy Crawford photographed by Walter Chin

Proving once again that photographers really are a caring and inspiring niche of humans, a group of NYC photographers have partnered up with 20 disabled women to work on a really c photography project. The Raw Beauty Project aims to empower the women and break down many of the public’s stereotypes through . The idea behind the project is simple, each portrait should be based on three simple words: beauty, sensuality, and empowerment. Though those words seems like likely candidates for just about any portrait session, they are not three words the majority of the world automatically apply to people with disabilities. It is precisely this kind of thinking that Raw Beauty is changing, one portrait session at a time.

While the models are most definitely the stars of the exhibition, the roster of photographers involved in the project is impressive. Browsing through their resumes you stumble upon many notable clients like Vogue, Levi’s, Sports Illustrated, former employees of Annie Liebovitz, even a Pulitzer prize winner.
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The Importance of Face for Creating Artful Portraits With Real World Subjects

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Tyler Stableford, a Colorado based fine art photographer, recently spent several months traveling through the United States working in collaboration with Canon on a portrait project titled The Farmers. In the seven minute long, Canon produced video, below, you’re invited to follow Stableford as he takes you behind the scenes of on one of his photoshoots, offering his insights and wisdom on how he goes about taking powerful and artistic portraits of real world subjects.

“Even if we’re in a beautiful area, a person’s face is so important to me, I’m always thinking ‘How shallow can I bring this depth of field,’ because I want the viewer to connect immediately and intimately to the subject and the subject’s face and eyes.”

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Portraits of Topless People Shot With A Taser

Usually we try and look our best when we get our portraits taken, but how can one look good while being stunned with a taser seconds before the shutter snaps? Photographer Patrick Hall worked his charms to get volunteers to have their portraits taken just like that. After being stunned. With 300,00 Volts. By a significant other.

While the portraits are interesting as whole, the experience is worth noting as well. Patrick shares:

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