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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Conquering Mixed Lighting (1 of 3)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.0

Shoulders back and down, neck out and forward, fingers in the pocket. Higher shoulder pushed back slightly to even out the look of the posture. Everyone has a higher shoulder due to how they sit and wear bags.

Editor’s Note: Before you even think about accusing us of doing so, a guide on men’s poses will be published in the next couple of days.

When it comes to portrait poses, there has always been a very high emphasis on society making women look their best. Objectification aside, the best thing that you can possibly do for someone as a portrait photographer is to help them become more motivated and feel better about themselves by photographing them looking their best.

Over the years, we’ve tested lots of gear for portrait photography. Here are some basic tips and portrait poses for women that we’ve come up with and why we do them.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 review product images (4 of 7)ISO 2001-400 sec at f - 1.7

It’s very easy to become obsessed with bokeh–look at the cinema and television industry. Watch famous movies of Tarantino, Nolan, or television shows like Arrow or American Horror Story and you’ll see that the world’s best cinematographers use lots and lots of bokeh. In the same way that cinematographers use bokeh to tell a story, photographers should use bokeh to tell a story and transmit a presence and feeling into the viewer that grabs them and forces them to pay attention.

We’re not at all saying that photographers need to be more cinematic–but instead we’re saying that many photographers need to start thinking about bokeh in a different way.

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SLRLounge recently released a snippet from a premium tutorial video of theirs that details a bunch of really simple landscape photography tips. The video talks about a couple of things that many people, even more experienced shooters don’t do. They start out by encouraging you to set up your framing for the scene first and being very careful and meticulous about it. But the real meat of the video has to do with your exposures. They state that you should slow down the shutter speed and lower the ISO–which is fine if you want to create a dreamy scene with exaggerated motion. But if you don’t want to do that, then shoot at a faster shutter speed.

They also talk a bit about apertures, but we feel that they should have spent more time on them–they’re really important when it comes to shooting landscapes.

The video on landscape photography tips is after the jump.

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All images by Sarah Loreth. Used with permission.

Sarah Loreth is a photographer that positively embodies the sense of creativity and adventure. She used to work a typical 9-5 job but became very, very bored with it after a while. So her a couple of friends got together and planned treks across North America where they travelled together, lived out of a van, saw the continent, photographed and did workshops. While that may not sound like a lot to you, consider the fact that one trip took a year to plan.

Ms. Loreth has a fine art background and applied this to her travel photography. But she also faced the normal problems that every photographer running a business faces on top of the normal problems that troubadours of the camera often encounter.

We talked to Sarah about the logistics of a cross country photo journey and the best spots in North America to photograph, and her sense of composition.

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All images by Sasha O. Used with permission

Sasha O is one of the winners of our Phottix Portrait contest, and her work inspired and captivated us due to her sense of the surreal, creativity and her self expression. What made this even tougher is the fact that Sasha pushed herself to shoot a single portrait each day in a 365 project.

Like many other surreal photographers, Sasha tries to express a feeling or emotion in images and is fueled by the world around her and the feelings she has inside.

We talked to her about the commitment to a 365 project and her inspiration.

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The Cooperative of Photography has a brand new video tutorial encouraging you to bring out your creative side as a photographer. The video shows you how to do six different DIY gifts for the holidays–also of them involving photography. Some of them include a T-shirt, a wood transfer (one of my favorites), and a really cool idea for a lamp.

Seriously, that wood press though…

The video is after the jump.

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