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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Photography Cheat Sheet: Camera Settings for Shooting in the Golden Hour

Planning to head outdoors and shoot during the Golden Hour? Here’s a photography cheat sheet to help you get the best results with the right camera settings.

The Golden Hour is every photographer’s favorite time of the day to shoot, for a good reason. As the term suggests, it bathes a scene in a beautiful golden glow that increases the contrast and brings out the most dramatic and vibrant colors. This is why portrait photographers and landscape photographers especially prefer to shoot outdoors during this time of the day. If you’re yet to do a Golden Hour shoot, today’s featured photography cheat sheet has some suggested camera settings to try and some easy tips to make sure you get the best results.

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Review: Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD (Sony FE Mount)

The Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 is an excellent and cost-effective prime lens option for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless shooters

The Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD was introduced last year. It’s part of a trio of compact and affordably priced prime lenses designed for Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras. The Tamron 35mm f2.8 is a lightweight and compact prime that’s said to be weather sealed. It focuses as close as 5.9 in (15 cm) and a reproduction ratio of 1:2, the Tamron 35mm f2.8 lets you get up close and personal with your subjects. For the past month, we’ve been putting the final production version of the Tamron 35mm f2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053) through its paces. Find out how it fared under real-world conditions in our full review.

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Cheap Photo: Sony a7r II $1,398, Fuji X-T3 $1,199, Olympus E-M5 III $999

These Mirrorless camera deals are so hot they’ll warm you up on even the coldest of winters days.

If you have been thinking about finally making the switch to Mirrorless, now is a great time to do it. There are tons of great Mirrorless camera deals around right now like the Sony A7R II for $1,398, the Canon M50 with a lens for $599, the Fujifilm X-T3 for just $1,199, and the brand new Olympus OM-D Em-5 III for only $999! Looking for a Medium Format camera? The Fujifilm GFX 50R has a $1,000 discount, which makes it just $3,499! You can also grab the Full-Frame Sony A7 II with a 28-70mm lens for only $998! Check out all of the incredible Mirrorless camera deals we have found after the break.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm X100V (This is Probably the Perfect X100)

The Fujifilm X100V is a camera that I’ve been waiting a long time for; and I’m not disappointed.

The Fujifilm X100V is finally the X100 series camera that I’ve always wanted. Is it weather sealed? Fujifilm says that if you put a UV filter on the front, it will be fully sealed. Does it have a rangefinder-style body? Yes. Does it focus quickly? Yes. Is it still small? Yes. Photographers will also love that it has the Classic Negative film simulation. Indeed, there’s a lot to love about the Fujifilm X100V. We got to spend an hour or so with the camera very recently. And with a few firmware updates, this camera will be a no-brainer purchase.

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Nathan Wirth Ponders His Decade-Long Visual Study of Drakes Beach

All photos by Nathan Wirth. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Whether by choice or circumstance, we don’t always get to go back to the beautiful places we photograph. Some just tick the destination off their bucket list and take home photos as keepsakes of the experience. Others wait for the next opportunity for another visit. However, there are also photographers who find themselves drawn to the same place over and over, compelled to document their return with more photographs as each visit can sometimes look or feel different. It seems this was the case for Nathan Wirth, who found himself photographing the particular rock formations at Drakes Beach in Northern California for over a decade.

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ILFORD Shows Us How to Create Black and White Darkroom Prints

If you’re a film photographer looking to make your first black and white darkroom print, ILFORD covers everything you need to know to get started.

For many ardent film photographers, the process is not complete until one has a print of their photo in their hands. Creating a darkroom print is one of the most magical experiences traditional photography offers. If you’ve been shooting film, you might as well go all the way and give darkroom printing a try, with the help of a quick guide from ILFORD.

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Review: Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens (Those Colors!)

The Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens is great for what it is, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

2019 was the year I hoped that DSLR lenses like the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Sports would be replaced by smaller and lighter Mirrorless lenses. (This piece was written in 2019 and published in 2020.) And quite honestly, if the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 DG OS Sports lens is any indication, then I’m excited to see what Sigma produces for Mirrorless cameras. This lens focuses quickly, accurately, and maintains focus when adapted to a Canon EOS R. But no matter what you’re using it on, you should know that this is a big lens. However, you should also know that this is a Sigma lens. And to that end, it’s one of the best on the market.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Blur Moving Water with Slow Shutter Speeds

Want to achieve the dreamy look of blurred moving water for landscape photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet sheds light on the key technique for you to try.

Blurring moving water to create the dramatic effect of time passing is one of the most popular techniques used by landscape photographers. The technique involves slow shutter speeds to produce a creative effect from the motion blur. However, there are some key elements involved to make sure you get the best results. Today’s featured photography cheat sheet will provide the elements you need.

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APA Gives Photographers Benefits You’ll Only Get from a Full Time Job

With American Photographic Artists (APA), working photographers and others can get the job benefits they need to run their business.

When you decide to become a full-time photographer, one of your biggest fears is losing job benefits. But, the truth is that you don’t have to worry. With an organization like American Photographic Artists, photographers can receive a whole lot more than they thought possible, and they don’t really have to start from scratch either. For decades, American Photographic Artists has been fighting for the rights of photographers in addition to working alongside agencies, producers, art buyers, etc., to help photographers adapt to the industry. They’ve been working to make the plunge into American Entrepreneurship easier. Like other member-based groups, most of APA’s basic benefits can be accessed for only a $50 yearly membership. However, if you enroll at a higher level, other benefits like a full-page ad in APA’s sourcebook are included in the package.

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Need to Carry More Gear? Check Out These Stylish Camera Backpacks

Camera backpacks offer great levels of comfort while being able to carry, and protect all of your gear,

Messenger bags are adored by many thanks to their gorgeous looks, and their ability to carry the essentials. But they can become a little uncomfortable to carry. They place quite a bit of stress on one side of the body. Camera backpacks, on the other hand, can be lugged around for hours as they disperse the weight of your gear across your entire upper body. There are more options available when it comes to sizes and the amount of equipment they can carry. Need small camera backpacks that can hold the essentials while offering unmatched comfort? You can find backpacks like that. Need a bigger bag that can carry multiple camera bodies, numerous lenses, strobes, accessories, and more? You can find those too. Camera backpacks never used to be the most stylish bags around, but that too has changed. If you need a new camera bag and want to see what camera backpacks are out there, click past the break.

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Sigma Could be Working on Lighter, More Affordable Sony E Mount Primes

It appears that Sigma has been taking a look at the work Tamron is doing with its more affordable Sony E mount primes.

One thing is for sure; photographers who use Sony cameras are becoming spoiled rotten when it comes to the number of third party lenses that are available on the platform. Tamron has been releasing some cheaper options for the Sony faithful, and now it appears that Sigma wants a piece of that pie too. If new reports are to believed, we may see up to seven new smaller, lighter Sony E mount f1.8 primes in the near future. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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Colfax Design Works Teams Up with Drew Martin for New Signature Strap

Want to upgrade your camera strap to something more lightweight yet durable enough to use in the harshest conditions? The latest offering by Colfax Design Works could be an option for you.

Looking for more camera straps to choose from? The latest to pop up on our radar is a new signature camera strap by Colfax Design Works, which came out of their partnership with Drew Martin. The renowned photographer, who travels across the western United States shooting campaigns for the likes of BF Goodrich, Harley Davidson, Toyota TRD, and Polaris, shared his ideas with the company on the perfect strap. The result is this latest offering that takes pride in being “lightweight, ultra-versatile, unobtrusive, yet enduring to use in some of the harshest conditions.” If this sounds like your requirements for your next camera strap, step right up and take a look!

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Magic Plate: A Quick Solution for Switching to Portrait Orientation

Been struggling to switch between portrait and landscape orientation? The Magic Plate is a quick release tripod plate that promises to be a lightweight solution.

Ever missed a shot because of struggling to switch from portrait to landscape orientation? Having difficulty adjusting and tilting your tripod’s ball head? Are L-brackets no longer an option for you because of their size and weight? If you answered yes to one or all of these, the Magic Plate could be your lightest and easiest solution.

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A Beginner Photographer’s Guide to the Exposure Triangle

Understanding the Exposure Triangle will help you navigate the relationship between aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed, and make you a better photographer.

So you’ve been getting more serious about your photography, and you may have heard other photographers throw around the term Exposure Triangle, but have no idea what they’re talking about. While you may have it confused with the Bermuda Triangle (a region in the North Atlantic Ocean), or think it sounds like the title to an obscure science fiction novel, it actually refers to the three foundational elements of photography: Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Choosing the Right ND Grad Filter

Curious about using ND grad filters for your landscape photography? Here’s a quick photography cheat sheet to make sure you’re using the correct type.

Neutral Density graduated filters, or ND grad filters, are landscape photographers’ filters of choice for scenes with tricky lighting. These filters come in different types, so it’s important to know which is the correct one to use based on the scene. If you’re new to using ND grad filters for landscape photography, today’s photography cheat sheet has some tips to help you evaluate a scene and choose the right filter.

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Useful Photography Tip #198: The Missing Secret to a Sharper Landscape

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The secret of a sharper landscape photo is something very few of us think about. Honestly, we can’t be blamed. I mean, how many people really shoot a landscape with a flash or artificial light? No one does, and we’re not saying you should, but we’re saying the idea comes from there. This idea is that of specular highlights. Specular highlights are little details that come out when light is shined on a subject. To get that light naturally, there needs to be, well, light! And so the golden hour and other times where there is sufficient light on a subject is when you’ll get the best balance of both details and aesthetics.

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How to Shoot High Speed Sync Flash on Film for Outdoor Portraits

Been wanting to try shooting with flash for outdoor portraits on film? George Muncey of Negative Feedback shares his quick tips.

Flash photography has long been an integral part of portrait photography, whether in the studio or on location outdoors, and whether you’re shooting film or digital. George Muncey of Negative Feedback has been getting some good results with it, as he showed in his latest video. If you’ve never tried it before, his examples shot with an Elinchrom Kit will get you inspired to experiment with flash for your outdoor portraits on film.

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The New HoldFast Classic Camera Strap Is Both Simple and Classy

If you’re looking for a camera strap that is easy to use and easy on the eye, you might be interested in the new HoldFast Classic camera strap.

I am not sure about you, but I always like to have a strap of some sort attached to my camera, simply because I’m a klutz who tends to drop things. One thing I (and I know many others) do not like, though, are big bulky camera straps. If you fall into this category, you might want to take a closer look at the new HoldFast Classic camera strap, which promises to offer photographers a simple, classy way to carry around their cameras. Join us after the break for more details.

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A New Patent Gives Us a Closer Look at the Insane Fujifilm GF 90mm F1.4

Fujifilm gf 90mm f1.4

We’ve been waiting for a lens like the Fujifilm GF 90mm f1.4 for a long time, so we are beyond excited about this.

We (along with others, we’re sure) have been waiting for some nice, fast glass to use on Fujifilm’s quite excellent GFX series of cameras for some time. Now, following on from Fujifilm’s announcement that a fast prime is in the works just a short while ago, we are finally able to see a patent for what will be a truly innovative lens; the Fujifilm GF 90mm f1.4. Join us after the break for a little more insight into this lens.

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Canon Can Still Screw up the Canon EOS R5, If It’s Real. Here’s How!

We’re hoping that’s not going to be the case because the Canon EOS R5 sounds amazing, but, this is Canon we’re talking about here.

Do you hear that? That loud noise is the racket being made around the web about the potential Canon EOS R5 (basically a Mirrorless 5D series camera), and while the specs that have been bandied about sound fantastic, let’s stay grounded and remember this is Canon we’re talking about. If the specs are accurate, hallelujah: it will be one phenomenal camera. But, as I have said before, Canon seems to go all in, but then they hold back by 1% and self-sabotage. Let’s talk about this and the potential Canon EOS R5 after the break.

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