5 Easy Tips to Help You Shoot Beautiful Portraits from Pro Photographer Jerry Ghionis

New monthly how-to series on Digital Photo features photo tips & tricks from top pros
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(Editor’s Note: This portrait photography tutorial by professional photographer Jerry Ghionis is the first in a new monthly series on Digital Photo where top pros from Nikon USA’s Ambassadors program share their simple tips, tricks, and advice on how to be a better photographer. You can read our 2017 profile of Ghionis here.) I have been... Read more

How to Shoot Better Portraits: 5 Photo Composition Tips for Beginners

You don't (necessarily) need a fancy camera to shoot great portraits
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We all want to shoot better portrait photos whether we’re photographing a model for a portfolio or a friend for their Facebook page. If you’re a beginner photographer or even if you know a few things about taking portraits, there are some basic things you should always remember to shoot better photos. Portrait professional Julia Trotti explains... Read more

8 Photography Tips in Just Two Minutes that Will Quickly Improve Your Images

Get inspired and try something new with your photography this weekend
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Here’s a quick and easy tutorial that should give you some great ideas to improve your photography this weekend. In the below video, photographer Sawyer Hartman shares eight photo tips in just two minutes to get your creative juices going. “Want to improve in photography but have no clue where to begin?” Hartman asks. “This is... Read more

How to Capture Amazing Close-Up Photos of Snowflakes with Your Smartphone

This DIY hack will let you shoot extreme macros with the phone in your pocket
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You’ve probably seen incredible close-up photos – aka macro images – of snowflakes and thought to yourself: how did they do that? In many cases, photographers are using special microscopic cameras to capture these extreme close-ups of Mother Nature’s fluffy white stuff but it’s not essential. In fact, you can capture gorgeous macro... Read more

How to Use a Ring Light for Photography and Video: The Basics

Get started on using ring lights either for portraits or vlogging with this simple tutorial
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If you’ve heard about the benefits of ring lights for photography or video – or perhaps just saw our new guide on the top three ring lights you can buy – but you’re not sure on how to use one, the below tutorial is a great place to start. Brought to you by the guys at Business Film Booth, the video explains the basics of how to use a... Read more

Digital Photo’s Top 10 Photography Tips, Tricks & How-To Stories from the Past Year

The photo education stories that received the most traffic in 2020 covered a range of photography topics
Photography tips and photo how-tos were some of the most popular stories on Digital Photo’s website over the past year proving that readers were looking to learn more in 2020. So, with 2021 just beginning, we thought a good way to kick off the new year would be to spotlight the photo how-tos that were the absolute favorites of readers over the... Read more

Continuous Light

A new generation of lights has hit the market, including some innovative continuous light sources. Here's a look at the advantages and disadvantages of these different types of lights.
Continuous Light
If you’re a portrait photographer, chances are you started out with a continuous light source. I remember my first “hot lights,” inexpensive tungsten lights reflected through a simple silver reflector. Imagine a household lightbulb being reflected by a large silver dinner plate, and you get the idea. As the name implies, the lights were hot, and... Read more

Lighting For White Background Portraits

Illuminating bright backgrounds requires the right know-how and deliberate positioning of the subjects, the lights and the light modifiers
For consistent white background illumination, place two lights behind a subject on each side of the frame. This ensures even lighting without hotspots. One of the most popular requests I get from portrait clients is to photograph them in front of a white background. It’s for good reason, too. The look has a timeless quality, plus it’s clean and... Read more

Composing People

Great candids and portraits aren’t always as simple as getting the right expression
Composing People
If this photograph had been shot from a position more directly behind the woman taking a snapshot, the three people who are her subject would have been blocked or overlapped by her body. Shooting from a position more to the left caused the photographer (in the image) and her subjects to be horizontally more separated—especially important in a two-dimensional... Read more

Family Travel: Beyond The ‘I Was There’ Photograph

A different photographic style to shoot friends and family on the road
A Backroads bicycle trip around Japan’s Noto Peninsula led to person-to-person cultural exchanges, making for a much deeper and more rewarding experience. During four very different Backroads tours—hiking through the Japanese Alps, cycling around Japan’s Noto Peninsula, crossing western Cuba and biking/cruising down the Danube—I focused my cameras... Read more