How to Shoot Golden Hour Portraits That Require Less Editing

Spring is here; it’s a time for golden hour portraits and photographers to get excited about chasing the light in the creation of the killer photo. Many photographers love shooting during the Golden Hour especially due to its ability to deliver soft, golden light and to make a person’s skin tones look fantastic. When it comes to photographing people in traditional portrait settings, there’s something much more appealing about warmer lighting situations than cooler lighting. While cooler lighting surely has its place, warmer lighting is often more flattering.

So if you want to go out there and create better golden hour photos, here’s how to do it while also spending less time in Lightroom or Capture One.

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The Theory Behind Why You’re Not Getting the Most From Scanned Film

The lead image of this blog post features a beautifully scanned negative of Kodak Portra 400. Looks really nice, right? Lots of photographers who get into analog film photography will then go about scanning their images to show them off online. I mean, it’s just what we do. But here’s the truth, it’s incredibly hard to get a GOOD scan. There are scanners that scan to DNG files and TIFFs, but they’re only so good. Why?

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Essential Beginner’s Tips for Photographing Portrait Subjects Laying Down

If you’re into more sensual portraiture,  you most likely know that every photographer tends to use shapes, lines, and colors to appeal to someone’s eyes. You probably see this kind of work amongst lots of #instafamous photographers–but there are ways to make it look less tacky and more about balancing the beauty of your subjects and the artistic features in photography. These can be done with any body shape and are really popular with boudoir photography.

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How to Import Your Lightroom Catalogs into Capture One

If you’re looking to move away from Adobe Lightroom and you’ve become frustrated with a lot of the issues the program has (including its sloth-like pace), then you may want to try Capture One 10. Personally, I’ve been working with it for months and I’m smitten! Ever since I published my last piece about it, we’ve had questions about how to import your catalogs from Lightroom into Capture One. At the moment of publishing this post, it’s in Beta but it’s bound to be improved.

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The Basics: How to Create Better Portraits With Instant Film

Instant Film photography is tougher than you’d think; but in the hands of the right photographer it isn’t only a fun creative challenge but also a rewarding one. Believe it or not, working with Instant Film is in some ways like working with slide film. When shooting slide film, you’ve got to work as hard as you can to get the best image according to your own creative vision. There isn’t a whole lot of room for fixing in the darkroom later on. Similarly, with Instant film you’re working with a positive print and you’re not going to have any sort of wiggle room afterwards.

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How to Make the Most of One Light in a Portrait Studio

Working with a portrait subject in the studio first and foremost requires you to stop thinking about them necessarily as your subject and instead more as your collaborator. Now don’t get me wrong, you’re essentially going to be the conductor of the orchestra most of the time so to speak–but you need to think about people in a different way. You also don’t need the fanciest cameras, lighting, etc to make this work.

In fact, very soon we’ve got a special workshop dedicated to doing just this with Instax Wide film hosted at the Lomography Gallery Store in NYC. But if you’re interested in getting a sneak peak of what’s going to be taught, read on.

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The Essentials of Photographing Seated Portrait Subjects

Portrait subjects and people have so many possibilities when it comes to creating a great photo of them. Most photographers take pictures of their subjects when they’re standing; but taking portraits of your subject while seated is a whole different game. They’re essentially rooted to a position and you can work with them off of that one spot. But like all portrait subjects, when you’re going to take a photo of them they’ll need direction.

If you’re working with someone who has never posed for a proper portrait before, consider these tips.

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35mm vs 28mm Lenses: A Guide To Which One You Should Choose

The obvious answer to the question of 35mm vs 28mm lens choice is whatever suits you; but the issue is that sometimes photographers require input from others. The two classic focal lengths have been used by many photographers over the years to create fantastic work. Each lens and focal length has their strengths and weaknesses, but after some time one is often more preferred over the other.

We’ve used a number of classic 28mm and 35mm lenses over time in our testing of lenses. So we went through our sample photos to help give you some guidance.

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