Portrait Photography Tip: How to Make Your Model Feel Less Awkward

Get better results for your portrait photography by making your model feel more at ease during the shoot.

Want to get into portrait photography and make sure you get beautiful results with every shoot? Before you fuss around with your camera settings, locations, and lighting setup among the most important things you have to learn are posing and directing your models. But you can’t do that until they’re at ease and feel less awkward around you. Here’s a quick video with some suggestions on how to do just that.

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Learn How to Get Stunning Photos Using Parallelism

Looking for ways to improve your photography? This lesson on parallelism should help you get more interesting and eye-catching snaps.

With everyone essentially being photographers now, how do you make your work more insightful and set it apart from the rest? How do you keep improving your photography? The short answer is that you work on composition. One of the ways to achieve this is to apply the principles of parallelism to your photography. If you’re hearing about this concept for the first time, Switzerland-based freelance photographer Samuel Zeller talks about it in great detail and what it can do for your work.

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Seven Reasons Flash Is Superior to Natural Light for Portrait Photography

Do you want more or less control over your lighting when photographing portraits?

With the number of portrait photographers proclaiming that they only shoot in natural light perplexingly on the rise, one begs to question why someone wouldn’t want to have full control over how they lit their portrait subjects. This is something that photographer Craig Beckta addressed in his latest video, where he shares the seven reasons why he believes flash is better for portraits than natural light.

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Tutorial Video: Editing a Black and White Photo in Capture One 12

In Capture One 12, it’s pretty easy to get a better black and white image with just a bit of thought and understanding.

Capture One 12 is out now, and we’ve given it an Editor’s Choice Rating. We’re very aware that more of you are interested in working with the system and so we recently finished a video we published to our YouTube channel all about how to create a better black and white photo using two specific images. Capture One gets right into it by giving you a specific area for a conversion to black and white along with the manipulation. My goal here was to create an image inspired by the look of Sin City–but without the spot color.

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Learn the Basics of Softbox for Controlling and Creating Soft Lighting

Ever thought about what a softbox is for? Do you really need it? Here’s a quick video that will give you some quick answers.

So, you’ve decided to play around with different lighting setups for doing studio shoots. One of the very first equipment you’ll come across and need to learn is the softbox. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it or it sounds complicated, let this quick video by Daniel Norton guide you on some basics.

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Why You Should Look Back at Your Old Photographs (and Cringe)

If you haven’t looked back at your old photographs in a long time, this video will explain why it’s something you should do more often.

Cameras sure have come a long way since the birth of photography, and photographers now have a lot of tools to achieve their creative vision. Even smartphones are now equipped with cameras that are getting more powerful, making it possible for virtually everyone to be a photographer. These things have made it possible for most of us to create decent photos today. But how do we know if we’re improving given that most of the technicalities have already been taken care of for us? Canadian photographer Peter McKinnon tells us about one way to find out in his quick video.

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Here’s How Five Different Film Scanning Techniques Compare

There’s more than one way to scanning film at home so it’s worth comparing different techniques and see which best gets the job done.

If you develop your film at home, you might as well be doing your own film scanning with a flatbed scanner. It’s a crucial part of every film photographer’s workflow so it’s important to know how to do it properly. If you’ve yet to figure that out, here’s a helpful video comparing different film scanning techniques and which one works best.

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It Takes Just Five Minutes to Make This DIY Diffuser for Macro Photography

This quick tutorial is perfect if you don’t have a diffuser on hand but want to get on with your macro shoot.

Diffusers are among the things that should never go missing in every photographer’s toolkit. If you’re just starting out, it’s understandable if you don’t have one yet. There are lots of choices out there, and it can also depend on what flash you’re using. But you certainly can shoot with one right now, if you realize that you’re in dire need of one. All you need are some everyday office materials to put together a basic DIY diffuser that works.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Color Science (And What Makes Canon’s Special)

Wondering why there are so many raves about the so-called Canon Color Science? Should you even care about it? Here’s a quick but comprehensive video that should give you an idea.

Among the digital photography terms we hear once in a while is “color science” and it can be especially intriguing for beginners. The term is also often related to comparisons between the colors produced by different cameras and manufacturers, with Canon’s particularly the most raved about. In this video by Gerald Undone, we learn more about what color science really means as he demystifies the technicalities and adds a little bit of practicality to the subject.

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These Fall Portrait Ideas Include Sunkissed Golden Hour Glow!

Want to make the most out of the fall season with a portrait session? You may want to get some ideas from these lovely fall portrait photography videos! 

With fall season afoot, it’s time once again for photographers to go on a mad scramble to the most stunning locations showcasing those golden foliage. Portrait photographers are no exception! It’s not surprising if autumn happens to be one of your favorite times of the year to shoot, so we’ve put together some nice behind the scenes videos by Xing Liu to inspire your fall portrait photography!

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Golden Hour is Truly Your Friend for Natural Light Portraiture

For a simple yet lovely natural light portrait shoot session outdoors, you’d need an eye for detail, good gear, and good weather. 

If you’re planning to conduct a natural light portrait shoot sometime soon, you don’t have to look any further than this behind-the-scenes video by Toronto-based photographer Lee Zavitz of the YouTube channel Zed Pro Media for some inspiration. In his vlog, we can see Lee and his model Keira making the trip to a nearby park where cherry blossoms were in full bloom for an impromptu shoot. The only cameras he used were a Fuji X-H1 and a Sony A7III.

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Michael Muller Shows How Lighting Will Change Your Portrait Photography

This quick video, featuring entertainment and fashion photographer Michael Muller, will show you how to work with lighting to make outstanding portraits.

Still in the dark when it comes to working with different kinds of lighting for portrait photography? Then, we’ve got just the right stuff to inspire and enlighten you. In his quick video, Sawyer Hartman brings us to his shoot with leading entertainment and fashion photographer Michael Muller, who gives us an idea on how he works with lighting to get stunning portraits.

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Finding Rembrandt: Master the Art of Rembrandt Lighting and How to Shoot and Edit Images in the Style of the Dutch Master

If you have always wanted to master Rembrandt lighting, you will love this video tutorial with Chris Knight.

If you are ready to expand your skill set and master the art of Rembrandt lighting, and the learn the editing skills required to create portraits in the same Style as Rembrandt, this excellent video guide will be perfect for you. In just under three hours you will learn the history of Rembrandt, how he came about his unique style, how to set lighting, pose your model, and how to edit the pictures. As a bonus you’ll also learn how to add a modern twist, and how to turn your final image into a painting in photoshop for the ultimate Rembrandt effect.

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Review: Andrew Gibsons “Art of Black and White Photography”

Andrew Gibson’s Art of Black and White Photography teaches the fundamentals that most photographers don’t have today; and it’s part of the 2018 5 Day Deal Photography program.

Lots of folks sit there and say that black and white photography is a crutch for when your editing doesn’t work otherwise, but Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography is a different beast that begins with telling you to learn how to think in black and white. But that’s sometimes difficult to do as black and white photography has so many different looks. One may most appreciate the looks of a scene with super high contrast scenes and lots of clarity while yet others only adhere to the school of Kodak Tri-X. No matter what level of photographer you are, there is bound to be something that you’re going to learn from Andrew Gibsons Art of Black and White Photography.

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These Unique Poses Will Work Great for Both Male and Female Models

Out of ideas for posing your models? These quick poses should give you some ideas, whether you’re shooting with male or female models.

Whether it’s a fashion shoot or a creative portrait session, it’s often part of the photographer’s job to properly pose the model. If you feel the poses often get a little too common or uninteresting, it’s time to experiment with some unique ones, starting with these quick and on-point suggestions by Mango Street.

One of the most common setbacks that portrait photographers encounter is posing their models in such a way that they catch attention and fit the vision or theme of the shoot. This can even be more challenging for budding portrait photographers who don’t have the access to experienced models or budget for modelling agencies. If you’re looking for ways to spice up your portrait photography — especially if you’re aiming to build a fashion photography portfolio, these quick suggestions by Mango Street should give you some ideas and inspiration.

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How to Use Negative Space to Create Interesting Minimalist Photos

Simplicity is beauty, and clever use of negative space will let you achieve that.

Ever felt like experimenting with negative space and minimalist photography? It can come in handy for your photography projects, so it’s a trick worth knowing how to pull off. All you need to get started is a big sheet of white board paper, a coffee cup, and some coffee (or similarly-colored liquid). Once you have those ready, proceed to this quick video tutorial to show you how it’s done.

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This Is NOT How to Load Medium Format Film in Your Camera

Planning to give film photography a go? Pay attention then; this is NOT how you should load your camera of choice.

One of the mind-boggling yet crucial things about film photography for first-time shooters is most likely how to load the film. It could take some getting used to before you get the hang of it, but please, if you can’t figure it out, DO NOT do this to your film!

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