If you’re new to portrait photography or it’s simply not your area, it may be overwhelming to start. I know it’s always been one of the most challenging genres for me. In this video, Derrel Ho-Shing gives you five quick tips that will help you to step up your portrait game. And you don’t need any new gear for this. You won’t invest any money in these improvements, or even your time – it only takes some of your creativity.
I believe that there’s no such thing as an instant improvement when it comes to skills. You should practice and learn and gradually become better and better at what you do. Still, if you’re new at something, it’s good to have a checklist that will help you focus on what’s important for achieving good results. In this video, Rachel and Daniel of Mango Street have created some kind of that checklist. They share ten tips that will help you take more captivating photos, and they’re questions to ask yourself next time you start shooting.
Including hands in the frame when shooting portraits can add to the story and make your portraits more appealing. But if you don’t pose them properly, they are rather a nuisance than useful addition to your image. In this video, Miguel Quiles shares ten useful things for posing hands in portraits to make the best out of your photos.
Do you want to create effective portraits? Then you’ve got to learn what to say to your subjects… and more importantly, what not to say. Remember the 10th Commandment of Portrait Photography: Do no harm. It’s the photographer’s job to make the subject comfortable. If your subject is comfortable, you’ll get better expressions. Better expressions mean better pictures.
That’s why I put together this handy-dandy list of 7 things you should never say to your portrait subjects… and what you should stay instead. Plus, I even put my secret “don’t smile” tip down at the bottom of this article. Now, what’s the worst thing you can say to a portrait subject? Simple! It’s…
Portrait photography isn’t just about skill. There’s also communication with the models, choosing the right location, gear, and light… So many things to think about. Manny Ortiz shares five things to avoid when photographing people which he has experienced throughout his career. Are you guilty of any of these?
I am often asked how I manage to photograph a celebrity in a few minutes or what is the best way to shoot a good portrait. Here is my list of hints for shooting better portraits.
Every year, I teach a few portraiture workshops. Photography students, amateurs and pros join in and participate with all their passion. Inevitably, soon or later someone asks me for my advice and tips for shooting better pictures.
At first, I didn’t really like the idea of giving out short, telegraphic photography tips because it’s hard to generalize. For instance, if you shoot for clients you need to adhere to their needs, if you shoot a personal project it’s different. But thinking it over… why not?
You see, this week I’m giving some love back to the age old concept of “The best camera is the one you have with you”. By that token, the best reflector is the one you have with you! So what’s small, reflective, portable and weighs less than a feather (A large one)?