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With WPPI 2015 on the brink of starting up very soon, we’ve been busy scouring the web for the best in the business when it comes to wedding and portrait photography. We’ve also worked on curating and creating lots of tips and tutorials to help you get your start or help you get even further along in the photo world.

But we’re not only talking about gear: part of being a photographer is also having people skills. And as many of the photographers that we’ve interviewed will tell you, it’s pretty much everything. Here’s our giant roundup of Portrait and Wedding Tips.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 WR first impressions photos (1 of 25)ISO 4001-15 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve got the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR lens in for review right now. When the lens was first announced, we syndicated photographer David Kai Piper’s blog post about it. Now that we’ve got it in we’re putting it through its paces.

So far: I personally am not a major fan of the way it feels. To be fair though, I say this about every single zoom lens. I’m very much a prime lens shooter and this feels like a big, chunky, Campbell’s Soup beefy type of lens that most other folks may digg if they’re into the cow. It’s a bit heavy to use with the X Pro 1, though it still feels balanced. What’s great about this lens though is that it’s got a full aperture ring like the company’s other higher end zoom optics.

As far as the image quality goes, we haven’t seen anything like this. This lens makes photos from the older sensor sing with details and quality. The bokeh could be smoother, but we’ve also only spent a number of hours with the lens as of the writing of this piece.

More product feature images and sample images are after the jump.

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Model: Erica Lourde

Model: Erica Lourde

Almost every portrait photographer will tell you to always focus on the eyes no matter what. Though we situationally disagree, they generally have a point about focusing on a portrait subject’s eyes and that they can be the most gripping and personable part of the image. With a couple of tweaks that you can do even before you start the editing stage, you can make the eyes even more enthralling.

So how do you do this? It’s all about your light modifier, light positioning, composition, and aperture choice.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer T3i T3 dslr (2 of 4)

We as photographers all know better than the average consumer looking to just have a DSLR, but if you’re looking for a laugh this afternoon, then you should take a look at the video after the jump featuring the Home Shopping Network attempting to sell the Canon Rebel T3i back in 2012.

Some of the best highlights? They call it a flagship camera, say that professionals use it, and say that a Canon lens is being used to film them despite said lens being a multi-thousand dollar video lens. But the overall marketing is just so blatantly forced and fake that you can’t help but crack up and think of the poor helpless folks that they’re targeting.

To be fair, the camera is quite good considering that the camera is one of Flickr’s most popular DSLR and that it still holds up even today when they’ve announced the T6i.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Xpert Advice Photographing a Pet (1 of 1)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Getting a pet to look into your camera lens can be a bit of a hassle. Some pets are camera shy and some just don’t know what you’re putting in their face. This makes getting a portrait of your pet really tough sometimes.

So how do you do it? We first off recommend getting down low to their level to make it more interpersonal, though your creative vision can surely call for standing. Before you even start to take the picture, you should know that this needs to be done quickly. To facilitate the process, start out by choosing a focusing point based on the composition that you have in your head. When you’ve done this, grab a treat, toy, or something else that your pet loves. Dogs and cats love treats!

Get the pet’s attention with the object, then grab your camera start to slowly move the object around. Hold the object right on top of the lens and watch as your pet’s head moves and follows the object. Place the selected focusing point over your pet’s eye and shoot quickly. If you’re not quick enough, your pet will become impatient, try to snatch the object or get frustrated.

Photographers shooting in manual mode should try to have their exposure ready before hand by metering off of the coat of your pet to start. Otherwise, aperture priority or shutter priority combined with an ISO level a bit higher than you’d normally use can help you capture the perfect pet photo.

To make this simpler, we recommend shooting wide. Check out Fujifilm’s wide angle offerings in our lens guide for even more.

Xpert Advice is a monthly collaboration between the Phoblographer and Fujifilm designed to teach you photography tips and tricks in a bite-sized package.

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You’d be amazed at how many people are very self-conscious about their nose in portraits. Indeed, the way it looks on camera has to do with a number of factors not only including the focal length that you’re shooting at. It has to do with posing, positioning, lighting, and the person’s individual facial and body structure.

Here are some quick tips on working with a nose in portraits.

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