Useful Photography Tip #170: When Shooting Portraits, Raise the Chin

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master lens portraits Megean (3 of 5)ISO 1001-2500 sec at f - 1.4

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One of the biggest problems that everyone faces in portraiture is making chins look good. Peter Hurley and other photographers tell you to direct portrait subjects to push their neck out just a bit. That works all the time, but another trick that also works well is making sure that the positioning of the chin is at the right elevation to begin with. This trick is a bit more complicated and requires you to “see light” so to speak.

Bringing the chin down more towards the chest squishes the area below it and therefore also makes a person look less flattering. Always have the subject bring their chins up just a bit. But to avoid having the scene look like they’ve got their nose in the air, have them stick their neck out a tad and place their face slightly off to the left or right.

Generally, I suggest that everyone faces the main light source in your scene if you’re working with off-camera lighting.


The Phoblographer Answers: Should You Photograph Homeless People?

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 20mm f1.7 II first impressions images (19 of 22)ISO 2001-3200 sec at f - 1.7

For many years, photographers have documented the homeless in an effort to get people to pay attention to exactly what’s going on in the world outside of their bubble. The intentions are usually valiant, but sometimes it doesn’t work out very well for various reasons. In addition to that, there are also loads of ethical issues that need to be addressed beforehand.

The inspiration for this post? A reader asked!

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How To Start A Successful Photography Business


Looking to start your own photography business? Camera+ app co-creator Lisa Bettany shares her advice on how to thrive in a competitive industry.

Award-winning photographer and best-selling Camera+ app entrepreneur, Lisa Bettany, started her first photography business without a camera. After a tragic figure skating accident that dashed her Olympic dreams, she borrowed a friend’s DSLR and she began exploring photography as a creative outlet.

“I was living in Vancouver at the time and I had access to a lot of friends who were actors, musicians and models. So I started taking picture of my friends and their gigs. They really liked what I was doing and they actually started to pay me. I thought, ‘Wow, maybe I can leverage this into something else.’”

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A Photographer’s Take: Why Work With Constant Lighting Vs Flash

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One of the debates so many photographers have with themselves when trying to evolve is whether or not they should work with constant lighting or flash. They’re both used by professional photographers often, and they’re both capable of delivering beautiful images. But they’re also both very different, not only in the look that they can deliver, but the way they are used. For what it’s worth too, the cost differences can be vast.

Here’s a quick introduction on constant light vs flash.

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In Photogravy, Megapickles Are Everything: The Big Misunderstanding in Photography

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 product images (5 of 16)ISO 4001-100 sec at f - 4.5

If you’re reading this piece, you should know that the title isn’t clickbait; instead it’s what you essentially hear when everyone thinks that they’re an expert these days in the photography world. It’s been a problem that we’ve been going through for a long time and relates to how marketing and consumerism makes it seem like you need the latest and greatest camera to take the best photos. It makes you think that the iPhone 7 Plus can replace your DSLR and kill your need for a camera. But it also relates to some other absolute total myths about quality.

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How to Photograph Cosplayers at Comic Con

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer NYCC New York Comic Con 2013 exports (14 of 84)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 5.6

Photographing cosplayers at Comic Con and other conventions leans two different ways: capturing people on the floor and then trying to create images that stand out from all the rest. Most photographers that take pride in their portraits often try to do something that looks good off the main floor where everyone else is. The great thing about comic con is that pretty much everyone is alright with you taking their picture. It’s even better when you ask someone–let alone less creepy!

With NYCC going on at the time of publishing this piece, here are some tips.

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Nils Karlson: On Glaucoma and Shooting with Film


All images by Nils Karlson. Used with permission.

Photographer Nils Karlson is a 41 year old creative living in Germany. “I started photography in my late 30’s, almost a decade after I got a glaucoma diagnosis, which affects my eyesight – my right eye is useless for photography, so I adapted and became left-eyed.” His journey started with messing around with digital photography then moved to 35mm slide film. Eventually, he got into the square format with 120 film–and those are part of his series, “Earth Stands Still.”

Despite the odds being against him, he’s done a fantastic job.

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