Tutorial: How to Shoot Portraits of Total Strangers

 Have you ever had the bizarre urge to walk up to a total stranger and say “can I take your picture?” ​Yeah? Then you’re in the right place.

You’re about to read over 3,000+ words on the art of creating street portraits, or what I like to call “the gentle art of photographing strangers.” My name is Michael Comeau. I’m a portrait photographer based in New York City. I’m also a textbook introvert. I spend more time alone than with other people. I suck at small talk. And I never, ever talk to strangers… unless I’m shooting ​their portrait. ​But you don’t have to be a social butterfly to shoot great street portraits. You just have to turn your camera on and your brain off.

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How to Escape Your Bubble in Street Photography

In street photography, paying close attention is fundamental.

An old tutor once told me, “Street Photography is not about just one good element in the frame. It is about bringing several elements together, and creating stories that are not necessarily obvious to the everyday eye.” Simply put, he was telling me my work was bland and boring, and that I needed to dig deeper if I was ever going to produce anything of any worth.

On the surface, street photography seems easy. You need a camera, a comfortable pair of shoes and somewhere of interest – then like magic you will make these wonderfully composed images to share with the world. However, the reality is that to produce top quality street work, you will have to go much further than shooting a homeless guy or capturing that humorous billboard advertisement. You must refrain from just point and shooting anything and everything (aka spraying and praying) in the hope you get at least and average photograph to post to your Instagram.

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How to Achieve Multiple Portrait Lighting Effects With One Flash Unit

Here’s a simple portrait lighting setup you can experiment with for your next shoot.

Having detailed or extensive portrait lighting can be easily achieved in the studio. But, what if you’re shooting on a budget or can’t bring all your equipment when shooting on location? Pennsylvania photographer Michael Henderson comes to the rescue with a portrait lighting hack: how to achieve the look of three lights with just a single flash unit.

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Try This if You Have Become Stagnant with Your Street Photography

Your street photography habits can always be stimulated in some way.

Ever find yourself feeling like you are hitting your head against brick wall with your street work? Feeling deflated, leading to something that is meant to be a source of enjoyment becoming a monotonous burden on your mind? Coming home with with an SD card full of images that look exactly like your previous session? The same brick walls, the same angles and sometimes, even the same people. Your relationship with street photography can start to feel like a job – tagging in and tagging out, without really being present during the process in between. You do the same walk, pit stop at the same coffee shops and get the same bus home. This isn’t what street photography is meant to be and the reason it is happening is because you are staying too close to home.

I get it. Constantly going to a place you know there is action and footfall is an easy trap to fall into. You may ask yourself, “What if I go somewhere new and nothing happens?” There is a good chance that may be the case, but it is no different to nothing happening in your own backyard. If you constantly see the same scene, your eye will stop seeing new things within it. Your brain will generate a pattern of thought and sight and that is why you become unmotivated and to a certain extent bored.

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Quick Tips for Shooting Portraits in Low Light with the iPhone X

Bring these quick tips with you for that low light portrait session with the iPhone X.

Got a shiny new iPhone X and thinking of shooting portraits with it? You must be wondering how you can get the best photos out of it even during low light conditions. Seattle-based photographer Sam Fu comes to the rescue with some quick tips in a video for mobile accessory maker Moment.

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The Creator Behind the Camera Matters More Than the Camera

We want to start this article off by saying that we live in a day and age where every camera is good if not great. It’s possible to create a fantastic photo with a DSLR. It’s pretty muc as possible to create an equally stellar photo with a mirrorless camera. Of course, that also means you can create an absolutely fantastic photo with film. And ultimately, it means you can create exceptional images with a phone. The outright problem though is so many marketing jargons and old school thought mentalities don’t believe a phone is capable of creating great photos. But indeed, it really is. And when it comes specifically to food photography, it’s all about the person creating the images.

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How to Rediscover Your Passion for Landscape Photography

Screenshot image from the video by Adam Karnacz

Feeling bored of shooting landscapes lately? Well, you’re not alone. While mostly enthusiastic about landscape photography, photographer and filmmaker Adam Karnacz found himself stuck in a rut and burnt out for some weeks. In his recent video, he talks about how he rediscovered his love for photographing landscapes during an early morning shoot in North Yorkshire.

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Making Your Landscape Photography Look Like Paintings In Camera

One of the artistic ways you can make your landscape photography stand out from the rest is to find a way to turn them into paintings. Not literally, but a method to get that look in camera is one fantastic way of doing things. You may ask yourself, “Why not just do this in post?” Well, the reason why is because everyone can find a way to do it in post, but not everyone has the specific talent to do things in camera and not everyone really wants that “photoshopped look”.

So let’s take a deeper delve into this amazingly simple tutorial.

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