Lighting For Skin Tones

How to make skin look great with subtle changes to the position and quality of the light source—whether that’s a strobe or sunlight or anything in between

There’s one thing all portrait subjects share in common: They want to look good. Young and old, men and women alike, everybody hates to see their wrinkles and blemishes on display. So learn how to light to minimize flaws and produce smooth, flattering skin tones. IT ALL STARTS IN THE CAMERA Whether you’re working with ambient light or strobes,... Read more

Travel Portraits

Breaking the ice and getting the shot

When I first started to shoot travel portraits, I was paralyzed at the thought of approaching complete strangers and taking their picture. I was convinced they’d start hurtling expletives my way the second I raised my camera. Better to hide in the bushes with a long lens and "paparazzi" the locals without them knowing. But shooting from... Read more

Seeing Life In Black & White

Create striking images with these five essential qualities of monochrome

Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions so the strength of the composition shines through. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cézanne was a painter, but the... Read more

Should You Shoot In B&W?

The short answer is no—here’s why

When you set out with the goal of making a black-and-white photo, you may be tempted simply to shoot in monochrome. Practically every digital camera provides this option, so why not simplify your postprocessing work by going grayscale from the start? 1 | You May Later Want A Color Version. If you shoot in monochrome, that’s it. There’s... Read more

Lose The Winter Blues

10 ways to capture the unique scenes of the season

I used to dread October 1 every year. Why? Because I was living in Alaska, and that date seemed to mark the beginning of another long, cold, snowy winter. Birds had left, leaves had fallen, and temperatures had plummeted. After a frantic pace of shooting during the long summers, I reluctantly settled into photography hibernation. The winter blues had... Read more

Contemplating Black & White

Five photographers share their unique perspectives on the medium

Black-and-white photography is totally distinct from color photography. There’s a poignancy to black-and-white images that’s palpable. Maybe it’s because, when color is stripped away, so, too, are distractions. Perhaps the lack of visual interference allows other elements to take center stage. Light, shadow, texture, line and shape... Read more

Dynamic Portraits

Add visual excitement by introducing moving elements

I love creating portraits. There’s just something about making that connection with my subject that sends chills up my spine. But sometimes I want more. How can I improve this portrait? What can I do to create more mood and feeling in the shot? How can I liven up a standard headshot? The answer to all these questions is simple: Add a dynamic element. ... Read more

High Key

To emphasize the eyes in these portraits, Victor Valero uses precise lighting and postprocessing to deliver high-key glamour

When Vancouver-based commercial photographer Victor Valero held a casting call for a shoot in Mexico, he encountered a model who inspired him to embark on a visual journey exploring the intensity of eyes. They have the ability to transform a photograph, as evidenced by these images that are a part of that ongoing series. To start, Valero found two... Read more

A Travel Story

10 Tips for capturing the bigger picture of your photo adventures

As photographers, we’re storytellers. Even a single photograph can tell a story. A series of photographs can tell a more detailed story, however, revealing different chapters of one’s experience, if you will. That experience might be a photo safari to Africa, a photo tour of a national park, a photo trek to a nearby city and so on. In this... Read more

Classic Portrait Light

Learn these traditional lighting patterns to create the ideal effect for every face

When learning to craft beautifully lit portraits, there’s no better place to start than with classical lighting patterns. These lighting setups have laid the foundation for portraiture since long before photography existed, when master painters relied on them for ideal illumination of the face. There are four traditional lighting patterns: Butterfly,... Read more

Breaking Habits

Get out of your comfort zone to grow creatively

It’s very easy to develop habits and get stuck in a photographic rut. This process can be so gradual that you may not even realize or notice that you’re stagnating creatively. Your pictures can look perfectly fine, but you may have stopped growing and advancing as a photographer without even knowing it. The key to keep growing as a photographer... Read more

Remote Control

Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can’t comfortably be.

CamRanger Wireless Camera Control Controlling your camera remotely is useful in a variety of situations, from macro photography to group portraits to positioning your camera in places where you can’t comfortably be. While remote controls for cameras aren’t new, the smartphone has made it possible to do a lot more than merely trigger... Read more
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