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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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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The Open Source Portrait – Postprocessing (Part 2)

In my previous post I walked through the concept and shoot of my portrait of Mairi. At this point all I’ve got are a bunch of RAW (and jpg) files of the shoot. I know that I forgot to mention it in the last post, but for goodness sake if you can shoot RAW – do it. (It saved my butt with this image, as you’ll see below).

The Open Source Portrait - Postprocessing (Part 2)

Also, you’ll be able to download my RAW file, and JPG output from RawTherapee below.

This is a long post.Seriously, this is the longest post I’ve ever written.I’m walking through many of the things I had previously written tutorials for, and apply them to a process this time so you can see them as part of a workflow.So, here’s a Table of Contents so you can jump to the section you need: [Read more…]

The Open Source Portrait – Equipment & Environment (Part 1)

As promised, I thought it might be fun/helpful to walk through a portrait shooting session from start to finish using only Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS). This is my personal workflow, and hopefully I can do the subject some justice.

When I set goals for a portrait shoot, I set them HIGH!
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I’m going to walk through the creation of a portrait of my friend Mairi that I did not too long ago. I had been wanting to shoot with Mairi for a while, and only recently got a chance to sit down and actually do it quickly. For reference, here is one of the final results that I’ll be walking through the process for: [Read more…]