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Aperture Lesson: Shooting Portraits Wide Open vs. Stopped Down

Remember all those manual photography cheat sheets that we've been sharing recently? Here's how you can apply what you've learned about aperture when shooting portraits. In a quick video tutorial by Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles for Adorama, he shows us the results of shooting with the aperture wide open and stepped down, and tells us when to pick one over the other.

Every Photographer Should Learn How Photograph Darker Skin Tones

Portrait and fashion photography should be an all-encompassing craft, especially at this time and age when we're supposedly more open-minded and accepting of other cultures and perspectives. This means that photographers today should be able to use their expertise to create photos of darker skinned models and individuals in a way that highlights their natural beauty.

Lubo Sergeev Reimagines the Hajduks in a Conceptual Portrait Series

Conceptual photography comes with many sub-genres, with conceptual portraits among the most popular -- and certainly one of our favorites.   Today, we look at a beautiful project that should easily impress and give ideas to aspiring and practicing conceptual portraitists.

Black History Month: Celebrating 10 Photographers From The Black Community

All year round we should celebrate photographers from the black community. February, however, is a great opportunity to shine some extra light on the best of the best in the scene. In line with Black History month, we have compiled a list of 10 photographers whose work gets our photographic juices flowing.

Mark Turtoo Creates Haunting Visual Stories of Loneliness and the Human Psyche

I’m a visual artist, a photographer and storyteller infusing life into the stories that populate my head. constantly exploring new ways to create and always trying to implement new techniques and experiments in what I do, I have been mixing cinema with my images for a very long time now, to the point where it can be considered an essential part of my style.

Matthew Guido Gives the Neon Trend a “Nightmare” Treatment

The neon trend may be one of the most overused visual style or aesthetic today, but that doesn't mean it should be avoided altogether. If you can re-imagine and reinvent it to suit your own creative vision or style, then make good use of it by all means.

The Killer Family Portrait Kit for Micro Four Thirds Photographers

Shooting family portraits, either for yourself or for paid clients, is a common task for photographers to be enlisted into doing.  But if you are new to family portraits, or to photography in general, maybe you are finding yourself wondering about what sort of kit you should have if you want to be doing more family portraits.

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Weekly Photography News Roundup, July 7th

The best 35mm lens for portraits, how to stay motivated as a photographer, photographing Japan's playgrounds… read about all this and more in our weekly roundup of photography news. The post Weekly Photography News Roundup, July 7th appeared first on 500px ISO.