Photography Tip: Get Extra Creative with Your Night Portraits Using a Glass Prism

A glass prism can make night portrait sessions extra fun, especially if you like the quirky results.

Looking into shaking up your night portraits? Imogen of the WeeklyImogen channel recently talked about road testing the popular glass prism technique for night photography. If the effect that it makes is something you’ve been curious about, this quick video is worth a watch.

After a night workshop, Mark and Imogen began experimenting with a triangular optical glass prism for a night portrait session. Glass prisms come in different sizes, but they employ a slightly longer one because it’s easier to hold and maneuver. To use it, you basically just hold the prism over your lens or at the sides as you focus on your subject. Feel free to move it around your lens to get the light streaks and flares that you want on your photos.

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Tips on Posing Plus Sized Models To Help Them Look Their Best

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Posing. It is one of those things photographers worry about, clients worry about, models worry about. Just about everyone involved is worried about posing in some way shape or form. But this is especially the case when working with body types and individuals who you may not have much experience with.

Plus size models, also known as normal sized women, tend to be a common topic in photography circles in relation to posing and using poses that help these models look their best. Today’s video offers an excellent demonstration of some posing you can try with your plus sized clients or models to help them look their best in whatever scenario you are photographing them in. Continue reading…

Tips on Making Models Comfortable and Breaking the Ice

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UK based Imogen, of the popular Youtube Channel, WeeklyImogen, discusses tips and techniques to help you make models more comfortable during your shoots. Using her many years of experience as a model, and lessons learned from working alongside photographer Mark Wilkinson, Imogen covers everything from shoot planning, first impressions, judging the model’s natural comfort level, and more. Particularly of note, she discusses building a rapport by simply chatting and getting to know the person you’re working with. Continue reading…

6 Ways to Make Your Subject Stand Out More in a Photo

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Screenshot taken from the video

Making your subject stand out in a scene has a bit to do with contrast, but those aren’t the only methods. As the folks from Weekly Imogen demonstrate in a video after the jump, there are many other ways to do this. Some of the best include motion blur, depth of field (they call focus) and positioning in the image in accordance with the rule of thirds.

Some of the other well known ways involve color contrast, and contrasting shapes (aka geometry.) These all work very well but we believe that contrast, depth of field, and colors are the strongest ways. On the more technical side, including a flash of some sort to get a 3D lighting look and add micro-contrast will help even more.

On the more artistic side, what really draw’s a person into the scene to begin with has to start with excellent content in the image. The reason why Bresson’s images are so captivating is because of the fact that he captures such beautiful moments. The same goes for Steve McCurry and many others. Intimacy and appealing to human emotions/sense will make someone be more drawn in–the latter is most effective with food photography.

We’ve got the video after the jump.

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Quick and Simple Tips for Enhancing the Eyes in a Portrait

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Screenshot taken from the video

We’ve talked before about highlighting the eyes in a portrait, but you should know that you can make them pop even more by doing a couple of very subtle and simple adjustments to your images. WeeklyImogen recently published a video around five minutes long talking about what they do to make the eyes pop a bit more; and they argue that the eyes are the windows to the soul.

We love this channel because of how simple they try to do things. In fact, they talk about how Mark (the photographer) doesn’t like doing post-production because he wants his subjects to be as natural as possible. They talk about sharpening up the pupils of the eyes, whitening the whites and enhancing the colors of the iris. That’s not all though, there is a lot more that they talk about out that doesn’t even involve post-production.

They also talk about being very careful not to overdo it. The video on enhancing the eyes in a portrait is after the jump. But also be sure to check out our other tutorials on enhancing the eyes and when it’s most critical to focus on them.

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Tips on Using Bare Shoulders in Portrait Photography

Bare shoulders are used in many, many photos and have become more popular in recent days. Part of this has to do with recent fashion trends, but others have to do with the pure beauty in the look. It’s typically used in photos of females and create a beautiful, sensual and classy feminine look to the images that everyone loves. They’re also pretty harmless to ask a model for as long as you have that level of trust.

Youtuber WeeklyImogen recently published a video explaining how to use them in photos. One of her more popular methods has to do with using a black dress with the shoulders pulled down, but she also talks about wrapping a sheet around her and drawing attention to the back when combined with the appropriate posing techniques.

She states that you can totally still maintain your modesty while doing this, and encourages you to go try it for yourself.

As a male photographer who has done this type of stuff, I have to say that you should have a talk with your model about this before you even pick the camera up. Some of the best ways to do this are to have a storyboard or to find similar images that are close to the concept that you have in your head. If they aren’t comfortable doing it, then stop right there and move on. If they’re willing, then maybe work with them on concepts or ask them about how they feel they look best. It’s also a great idea to add a necklace if possible to make use of leading lines.

Also, make sure that you work with the hair. We recommend bringing it all onto one side, but it’s very situational and subjective.

And for the gear hounds, take a look at some of our favorite portrait lenses. The video on bare shoulders in portrait photography is after the jump.

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