Although I generally believe in “instant improvement” as much as I believe in fairytales, there are situations in which you actually can instantly improve your photos. You just need to pay more attention to what you’re doing and take a few steps to make your images a whole lot better. In this video, Matt Granger gives you five steps you can take to shoot significantly better portraits.
Coming to us from photography Eli Infante is this 33-minute long retouching tutorial that covers a whole range of processes you might want to subject your portraits to in Photoshop. Eli classes it as an “intermediate” tutorial, focusing on some slightly advanced techniques including Frequency Separation, Dodge & Burn as well as colour grading.
But Eli also touches on some of the other important aspects of processing portrait photography and Photoshop in general, including Camera RAW, Selective Colour and Colour Balance, to produce a fantastic final result.
Most of us end up getting so bogged down with gear at some point that it can be difficult to choose exactly what gear we’re going to want to take to a session – especially when it comes to lighting. I’m sure I’m not the only one whose bags are comprised of 20% gear we’ll use and 80% “just in case” gear that we hardly ever use.
Sometimes, though, it’s nice to bring it down to the bare basics, carry less gear, and keep things simple with just one light. And for those just starting out, perhaps one light is all you may have. But fear not! In this video, photographer John Gress walks us through four very effective lighting setups that each use only a single light.
Synesthesia is a phenomenon I’ve always found fascinating. And have you ever thought about what it would look like to turn it into photos? Finland-based photographer Dasha Pears has synesthesia and sees every letter in a specific color. She decided to turn these letters into conceptual photos – and Synesthetic Letters were born. This project is not only unusual but also colorful and super-creative. Dasha kindly shared her photos with DIYP, so let’s see what color is the first letter of your name!
Many people outside the UK might not know who “Sir” Philip Green is, so let me fill you in a little bit. He’s the “business tycoon” who ran Arcadia Group – a company his wife owns – into the ground. Arcadia owns Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Topshop, and a number of other big UK high street chains that were recently sent into administration, putting over 13,000 jobs at risk.
Needless to say, he’s not a very popular person in the UK right now. Neither amongst his friends nor the general public. So one would think that when he’s about to have his photo taken for press coverage, he’d do as little possible to upset the photographer and present a positive image. Well, apparently not, as Jake Walters discovered before proceeding to shoot him as the “prick” that he says he was.
If you’re new to working with flash, especially when shooting portraits, all of the different terms for different lights can be quite confusing. With no context whatsoever, “key”, “fill”, “rim”, “kicker”, etc. are all kind of vague and non-descript. Once you understand the purpose for each, though, the naming convention becomes quite obvious.
In this video, photographer John Gress walks us through each of the different terms used for different types of lighting position, as well as how and why each of them are used when shooting portraits. He also mentions some of the names different photographers seem to use for the same thing – often a big cause of confusion judging by some of the posts I see on social media.
This is not about a technical perfect wet plate. This is about building connections from thousand miles away. Overcoming obstacles and being there for each other.
This 5-minute exposure captured more than just an image, it’s a short movie where the plate captured our thoughts and movements. Thanks to Shane Balkowitsch to be a part of it.
I’ve said it before and you’ll sure hear me say it again: we all make mistakes. They are an integral part of the learning process, so we can’t really do without them… But, the sooner you stop making the same mistakes all over again, the sooner you’ll improve. In this video, Eli Infante talks about three common mistakes he used to make and you probably make them, too. But as soon as you overcome them, you’ll raise your portrait photography to a much higher level.
When it comes to using just a single light source in the studio, there is a lot of great content out there, and we’ve covered some of it here on DIYP before. Often, when you want one light to look like several, though, you usually need to think about multiple shots and compositing in post – whether it be for stills or video. But you don’t have to.
Photographer Jiggie Alejandrino recently showed us one way to shoot dramatic portraits with just one light but now he’s back again with a new tutorial. This one adds even more drama and produces some very impressive results that most people would guess used at least two or three lights. But nope, he just uses one speedlight for these.
We were all newbies once, and it’s a phase that’s equally stressful and exciting. There’s so much to learn, and you enjoy every new thing that you discover. Unfortunately, there are also many lies and misconceptions that you’ll hear – and since you’re not experienced enough, you’ll likely believe them. In this video, Miguel Quiles brings you the five biggest lies about portrait photography that you should stop believing right now.