Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Portraits with a 35mm Lens

If you haven’t tried shooting portraits with a 35mm lens, our very own photography cheat sheet should be able to help with some quick tips!

We don’t usually reach for the 35mm lens when it comes to shooting portraits, but when it’s the only lens available during a shoot, or you want to experiment with different focal lengths, it pays to know how to work with it. A common scenario you may find yourself in while using this lens street portraits during a photowalk around town. For today’s photography cheat sheet, we bring some simple tips to help you make the most of the extra coverage provided by 35mm lenses for portrait work.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing 20mm, 105mm, 200mm for Portraits

Today’s photography cheat sheet looks at three focal lengths that you may not have used for portraiture.

When it comes to portrait photography, a lot of us typically start shooting with 50mm or 85mm lenses, as they are the most used and recommended focal lengths. However, some of us eventually think about experimenting with different lenses and see what they can do to improve our results. This is where today’s featured photography cheat sheet would come handy, especially for those who are wondering what wide-angle, short telephoto, and telephoto lenses can do for portrait work.

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Portrait Photography Tips: The Guide for Those Still Learning

Every photographer could use some Portrait Photography Tips, and we’ve got a bunch for you right here.

With portrait photography among the core genres, we’re sure everyone wants to know how they can take great shots for when the need calls for it. More so for those who want to specialize in it and make it their bread and butter. This is why we make sure to regularly share projects, tutorials and cheat sheets loaded Portrait Photography Tips and its many sub-genres. If you’re still getting a grip on portrait photography, we can begin with a review of some essential tutorials to help move you forward.

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How to Find Good Natural Light for Portrait Photography

Shooting portraits in natural light only works well if you have a good light source. Here’s how to find it, even in tricky locations.

Natural light is both a blessing and a curse for portrait photography. If the light is good, it’s easy to get beautiful and interesting results. Otherwise, you practically can’t work with it and will have no choice but to use flash. Therefore, half of the work is looking for the kind of natural light that works for the look you want. In a quick video, Sean Tucker brings some tips for finding natural light when shooting portraits, even in locations where it may seem to be difficult to shoot.

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Using the Zenit 85mm F1.4 for Natural Light Portrait Photography

Using the Zenit 85mm f1.4 on the Canon EOS R was challenging and interesting.

When it comes to using manual focus lenses like the Zenit 85mm f1.4, you really need a tripod or a monopod to make the most of it. It’s a longer focal length and that requires manual focus. When you do that, the simple nature of turning the battel means you’re going to stabilize the whole scene. That’s what I encountered with the Zenit 85mm f1.4 while using it. And unfortunately, it doesn’t have AF/AE contacts. This would have helped alleviate the issue as the Canon EOS R has arguably the best focus peaking and manual focus assistance in the industry.

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Using Polarizing Filters to Remove Glare for Portrait Photography

A polarizing filter comes in handy for removing glare in practically every shooting situation, including portrait photography. Here’s a quick video showing how.

We’ve all heard about using a polarizing filter for landscape photography, but what about portrait photography? In their quick but informative video,  give a rundown of all the wonderful things you can do with a polarizing filter, including for portrait photography. If that’s something you’ve had questions about, they have the answers for you.

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Portrait Photography Tips: Quick Posing Guide for Men

Posing men is often challenging for those just starting out with portrait photography. You can keep it simple yet effective with these quick tips.

While portrait photography tips seem predominantly for posing females, there are a good number of tutorials out there showing how to pose male subjects. If you’re new to photographing men, you may find it challenging to direct them into poses that work. With this quick video tutorial from Anita Sadowska, you’ll have some ideas for this, whether you’re working with experienced models or newbies.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: The Best Camera Settings for Studio Portraits

Ever wanted to get into studio portrait photography but have no idea about the camera settings to use? Let today’s photography cheat sheet serve as your guide!

Studio portraiture is particularly interesting for many budding portrait photographers because of the level of control they can have over their final image. You can always set up your light the way you want, experiment with different lighting techniques, play with backdrops, and use any equipment you feel is necessary to the results you want to achieve.

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New to Portrait Photography? Check Out These Affordable 50mm Primes

These incredibly affordable 50mm lenses are all you need to get started in the world of portrait photography. 

Photography is an incredible art to get involved with, but it can also be one of the most expensive. We are inundated by people and YouTube channels advising that you MUST use the most expensive lenses in order to be a pro or get pictures worth anything. This is simply not true. If you’re a photographer considering portrait photography, you’ll be pleased to know there are affordable 50mm lenses that create sharp images and produce all the bokeh you need. After the break, we have listed some of our favorite 50mm lenses for portrait photography that won’t make your wallet cry. Continue reading…

Comparing 85mm vs 135mm Lenses for Portrait Photography

Choosing the right lens is crucial to portrait photography. But how exactly do you choose from the myriad of options out there? For now, let’s narrow it down to 85mm and 135mm.

Let’s say you’ve already mastered shooting portraits with your trusty 50mm lens and want to expand your skills and arsenal to other great lenses. How do you pick the next one from all the choices? Please allow us to simplify that a bit and narrow down your options to two other popular focal lengths for shooting portraits: 85mm and 135mm. To help you choose between the two, we have a simple but detailed comparison by New York City-based photographer and educator Jessica Whitaker in one of her latest videos.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Shooting Low Light Portraits

If you’ve been wanting clear and bright portraits when shooting in low light, this photography cheat sheet will be of great help.

One of the most typical challenges you’ll encounter when photographing people is shooting in low light. Whether it’s shooting indoors in a dimly-lit location, or wanting to take snapshots of your friends in the streets at night, it can be frustrating — even with flash. Thankfully, today’s featured photography cheat sheet will help you with flash settings and techniques necessary to get good results in this challenging shooting condition.

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Learn How to Shoot Cool Portraits With These Sparkler Photography Tricks

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This photography tricks video proves that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get creative.

Are you looking to add some sparkle and shine to your portraits by you are just plumb out of ideas? If this is the case, we have found a video for you that you may want to watch. When it comes to photography tricks, and being able to create something new and exciting, you really don’t have to spend a fortune. Join us after the break to see how something as simple as sparklers can totally transform your images. Continue reading…

Photography Cheat Sheet: Classic One-Light Portrait Setups Never Fail

Feeling intimidated with lighting setups in the studio? Here’s a photography cheat sheet that will help you get started with classic one-light setups for portrait photography.

Lighting is one of the most important elements of shooting in the studio and is crucial to portrait photography. If you’re still new to studio work and portrait lighting, you can actually practice with one-light setups tried and tested by pros. We have several learning resources that cover this, the latest being a handy photography cheat sheet that features classic setups you can get started with.

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9 Photography Lighting Hacks to Level Up Your Portraits

Feeling the need to get creative with your portraits? Try these quick lighting hacks to level up your portrait game!

Last time we shared some tips from JT of Run N Gun, he showed us how to get pro-looking dramatic portraits using one light source. In a recent video, he shares a bunch of quick and easy lighting hacks for shooting portraits, using everyday items you can find in your home or office, or in grocery stores and craft supply shops!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Autofocus Done Right for Portraits

If you’ve started shooting portraits, one of the things to master is how to nail your focus.

When you’re shooting portraits, it’s not enough to just rely on your camera’s autofocus mode and expect everything in your frame to look focused. You have to make sure your subject’s eyes are always pin-sharp. With this portrait photography cheat sheet, you’ll learn how to use the right autofocus mode to achieve that with each shot.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Comparing Light Modifiers for Portraiture

Want to master studio setups for professional-looking portrait photography? You’ll have to begin by understanding how light modifiers work. Today’s handy photography cheat sheet will help you with just that! 

Achieving the right lighting setup for the look you’re going for is essential to studio portrait work. At the heart of this are light modifiers. As the term suggests, they are used to shape, direct, increase, or soften the output of your light sources so you get the mood that you want for your shots. There’s no shortcut to professional lighting, but today’s cheat sheet makes a great visual guide for what each light modifier does.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Posing Women for Portraits

If you’re just getting into portrait photography and need help with poses, this photography cheat sheet will give you some great ideas.

Posing your subjects is crucial to getting good portraits. You may have a good model or a pro lighting setup ready, but you’d still need to direct them into different poses. If you’re not yet confident with directing your female models into posing, or you need a reference for some poses to start with, this photography cheat sheet has a handful of suggestions.

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Marta Syrko Uses Water and Glass for Creative Portrait Photography

All photos by Marta Syrko. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Looking to be inspired by creative approaches to portrait photography? We’re sure this featured series deserves a spot in your bookmarks and moodboards. Our spotlight is back on Ukranian photographer Marta Syrko, whose clever fashion portraits we’ve previously featured. In a new series, she explores the idea of narcissism as inspired by Greek Mythology and creative use of the fluid visual effects of water and glass.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Full Body Portrait Posing Guide for Men

At a loss on how to pose your male models for full-body portrait shoots? This photography cheat sheet has some simple suggestions to get you started.

You can often get away with straightforward poses for close-ups, and half-body shots when photographing male models. But when it comes to full body portraits, natural-looking poses can be challenging, especially when you’re new to it. With this photography cheat sheet, however, you’ll have a bunch of poses to experiment with for your next portrait practice.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Cropping Guide for Portrait Photography

Cropping in your framing or in post-processing is necessary for portrait shoots. Let this photography cheat sheet serve as your guide to do it effectively.

The concept of composition is the foundation of any outstanding photo, and it’s especially the case for portrait photography. Part of compositon is deciding which part of your subject appears in your shot. Whether composing through your camera or cropping in post, you don’t want to ruin a perfectly good portrait by trimming it at an awkward part. To that end, this simple photography cheat sheet will be a handy guide for you.

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Portrait Photography Hack: Your Smartphone as a Colorful Light Source

Turns out your smartphone can also double as cheap, portable, and colorful lighting for portrait photography!

Looking for a cheap colored light for your next portrait shoot? Look no further, because your smartphone will work in a pinch! Not everyone can afford professional studio lights with color gels. This lighting hack, recently shared by JT of Run N Gun, could be an option worth trying on your next shoot.

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