5 Things Photographers Can Learn from Cinematic Lighting

One of the bigger personal projects Ive been working on recently is my Cinematic Studio Lighting course. During the process of writing the accompanying notes and shooting promotional images for the event, Ive done a ton of research on how cinematographers and directors of photography work, think, and plan their shots. Warning: This article contains […]

Rock Star Bryan Adams is Photographing the 2022 Pirelli Calendar

Bryan Adams — a musician perhaps best known for his hit “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” — has been tapped to photograph the 2022 Pirelli calendar. The singer-turned-photographer is currently shooting the likes of Iggy Pop, Jennifer Hudson, and Grimes.

Platon: The Man Whos Far More Than a Photographer

"I'm not really a photographer at all," proclaimed Platon in the opening of his 2017 Netflix documentary. Hearing this left me feeling perplexed. How could someone who had dedicated so much to the craft tell the world he's not a photographer? Four years later, I was given the opportunity to speak to him.

How to Get Golden Skin Tones in Your Portrait Photos

Fact: most people go about getting those gorgeous golden skin tones using post-production. But what if I told you you didn't need to. Instead, you can get it by shooting in-camera, and you won't need post-production.

Infographic: Tips on Shooting Portraits with an 85mm Lens

For many photographers, the 85mm focal length is synonymous with portraiture. Whenever the topic of portrait photography comes up, the discussion inevitably involves the use of 85mm lenses. But why is the 85mm focal length so closely associated with portrait photography and how can you best utilize it in your portraiture work? That's precisely what we're covering today with our latest original Phoblographer infographic.

How This Photographer Made a Grid Portrait with Kodak Tri-X

"I like the look of seeing the numbers from the film and the entire strip because it brings more depth to the image," relates photographer Cameron Mosier about his unique portrait shot on film. "A fun thing about the image is the imperfections.

The 3 Best Nikon Cameras for Portrait Photographers

Nikon has a good track record of producing cameras that portrait photographers love. Thanks to Nikon's color science, the tank-like build quality of their cameras, and the vast library of prime and zoom lenses that can be used, Nikon cameras suit the genre well.

See Canons Dramatically Improved Eye Autofocus in Action

Portrait photographer Manny Ortiz recently got the chance to try out Canon’s recent autofocus update for the EOS R, and the news is good: according to Ortiz, the update has “dramatically improved” Eye AF performance and totally changed the usability of the EOS R for portraiture. Canon made much of its recent firmware update for […]

Heres Proof a 50mm F1.8 Is All You Need for Portraits

Using the right lens for the kind of photography you want to do. For portrait photography, for example, the 50mm f1.8 is one of the best and most recommended. If you're still looking for a portrait lens to serve as your go-to glass for your shoots, this collection of photos may prove to you why the 50mm f1.8 makes a good choice.

Heres Proof That 50mm F1.8 is All You Need for Portraits

Using the right lens for the kind of photography you want to do. For portrait photography, for example, the 50mm f1.8 is one of the best and most recommended. If you're still looking for a portrait lens to serve as your go-to glass for your shoots, this collection of photos may prove to you why the 50mm f1.8 makes a good choice.

Polaroid as a Popular Medium for Fine Art Nude Photography Today (NSFW)

A quick browse at #Polaroid on Instagram will show a mix of mostly random, but among the most eye-catching are the portraits, with either a fashion slant or a more experimental look. Dig into the hashtags and accounts and you'll start to narrow down the posts to actual Polaroid photos, with even more interesting portraits popping up.

3 Ways to Use Plexiglass for Creative Portraits

As a portrait photographer, it can often be difficult to keep thing interesting in the studio. Adding a unique element to your images can help them stand out while also allowing you to have little fun.

5 Modifiers for Photographers on the Move

A little while ago I was teaching one of my lighting workshops and one of the attendees was looking to implement some of the set-ups I was sharing into his workflow. Seems simple enough right? Well, it turns out this photographer was a Formula 1 trackside shooter that needed to get portraits of drivers and […]

An Introduction to Shooting Portraits in Natural Light

Photographing portraits using natural light as the sole light source have become such a rage lately that some photographers have branded themselves as "Natural Light Only Photographers." While you can certainly create some stunning images with the proper use of only natural light, understanding how light behaves and being able to harness light in all of its forms, natural or otherwise, will help shape you into a better, more complete photographer.

Creating Stunning Portraits Using Beautiful Golden Hour Light

For the uninitiated, Golden Hour describes the short, fleeting period of time just after the sun had risen or immediately before it is about to set. During this momentary window, the sun appears very close to the horizon and produces a quality of available light that tends to be beautifully diffusedand typically embodies a warmer tone than usual.

3 Lessons in Photographing People I Learned from My Favorite Shooters

I like to be very aware of my influencers and the effect they have on my work. When I find that I particularly like an image from another photographer, I will give it a lot of thought before I try and apply any of my analysis to my own images. Photographing people is one of […]

A Recipe for a Little Red Riding Hood Photo Shoot

For most kids, deciding what to wear for Halloween is an exciting time to make a yearly memory. This is no different for my own daughter. However, this year, she received her costume from a neighbor as a hand-me-down.

A Key to Powerful Portraits: The Eyes

Want to shoot powerful portraits? One of the keys to doing so is focusing on your subject’s eyes. This 2. 5-minute video by Light Club is an inspiring look into this critical facet of portraiture.

Elena Iv-skaya Conveys Beauty in Contrasts in Double Beauty

While the fashion world has been found guilty of promoting unreasonable beauty standards, fashion photographers like Elena Iv-skaya bring back our faith in the industry. In her latest set Double Beauty, Iv-skaya skillfully uses contrasts in skin color as a canvas to showcase beauty in diversity.

Quick Tips for Shooting Natural Light Portraits Outdoors

One of the best places to shoot natural light portraits is, well, outdoors! Find out how you can use the natural light available outdoors in these quick tutorials. Previously, we’ve shared an Adorama TV tutorial by Mark Wallace showing how to shoot natural light portraits indoors. But of course, that’s not the only way to

Liam Warton: The Chemical, Analog Magic of Film Photography

In an interview last year, we had a peek at one of the compelling portrait projects of Liam Warton and found out his beginnings in photography through film. He also mentioned how shooting analog was for him one of the best ways to read light and learn the basics.

Three Common Mistakes to Avoid in Portrait Photography

Looking into improving your portrait photography? In a recent Adorama video, Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles gives a quick rundown of the three mistakes photographers typically make when shooting portraits, and how you can avoid or correct them.

Shooting Portraits with a Giant Moon Using a 1120mm Lens

Photographer Eric Pare recently went out into the desert and shot a set of photos showing a model sitting next to the moon. And the size of the moon in the photos wasn’t faked. Pare managed to capture a gigantic moon by using a 1120mm lens and having his model sit very far away. Pare […]

Tips and Tricks on Photographing the Average Joe with Jeff Rojas

Photographer Jeff Rojas is trying to break the stereotype that men aren't as easy to work with as women are when it comes to shooting portraits. He's already put out a full book on Photographing Men, and he's also got some tutorials on how to photograph the "Average Joe.

George Muncey Shoots Large Format Portraits for Dickies

Today, the distinct look of film photography is sought after not only by ardent film shooters and professional photographers looking for alternate mediums, but apparently, by brands as well. It's not even limited to independent brands anymore, as George Muncey of Negative Feedback proves with a recent large format portrait shoot for Dickies.

This Photo Booth Shoots Professional Headshots for $20

IRIS is a new photo booth that’s designed to shoot “professional” portraits of professionals for only $20. Instead of looking like typical photo book snapshots, the portraits are supposed to look like they were shot by a headshot photographer with studio lighting.

Kremer Johnson Photography Duo Introduces Los Angeles in Portraits

It's been a tried and tested way to document a place by photographing its people, which is why it remains a popular creative venture for photographers. The collaborative duo of Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson gives us a glimpse of Los Angeles by photographing random people making their way around the city for a set called Angelenos.

August Udohs Powerful Portraits Show Nigerias Everyday Life

One of the most amazing things about photography is how it has the power to give us a glimpse of everyday life in places we've never been to. It's the main element that drives photojournalists and documentary photographers to search for compelling stories to translate into visual narratives.

Irene Rudnyk Shoots Beautiful Outdoor Portraits with a Cello

Running out of ideas for shooting portraits? Sometimes, all you need is a prop that you can use as a major part of your portrait's story. If you've been working in the studio for a while, you might want to bring your session outdoors to give your photos a scenic or even moody look.

David J Fulde: Mixing Colors, Lighting and Portraiture

I work a colorist and online editor in the film industry at night, leaving my days free to work as a portrait photographer. Being a part-time worker as a photographer allows me to really pick and choose commissions as I don't need to worry about putting food on the table.

When Youre Taking a Photo Class But Your Only Friend is a Cat

This digital contact sheet is what you get when you’re doing a high school portrait photography project, but your only friend is a cat. “This was a high school photography class I took in 2011,” the photo enthusiast, Cherie, tells PetaPixel.

Pete Rezac: Large Format Has Changed Me as a Photographer

Continuing our series featuring and highlighting photographers who shoot analog and have fantastic work, photographer Pete Rezac is amongst the bunches who submitted to our analog photography zine and that have incredible photos.

Jade Lyon: Everyone is a Photographer These Days

Photographer Jade Lyon submitted to be featured in our upcoming analog zine. Her work: absolutely fantastic portraiture and sort of surreal concepts all shot on film. She attributes her love of film partially to the fact that everyone is a photographer these days and yet she loves the older methods.

How Do Pro Photographers Light Their Photographs?

How does renowned portrait photographer Albert Watson light his photos? With a foolproof three-light setup that makes his photos look amazing, of course! Except… he doesn’t. In fact, setups are very far from what professional photographers do when they light their work.

How to Use Color Gels for Outdoor Portraits

You dont often see photographers using gels outdoors in natural light, but why? I think one of the core reasons you don’t see too many natural light gel shots, is that you need a lot of power and control from your lights to make gels visible in daylight. Whenever were outside during the daytime, sunlight […]

100 Photography Tips for Beginners

Back when I started out as a photographer in the mid-1990s, I had to figure everything out by myself. I made a lot of mistakes, but in doing so I learned a great deal. To help others, I have put together this list of 100 tips that every beginner photographer should hear. If you want […]

1980s-style Portraits of Pets and Their Humans

Los Angeles-based pet and family photographer Danielle Spires has been shooting humorous portraits of people and their pets in the style of 1980s-style studio portraits. “I had been photographing my own cats in this 80s Olan Mills style for years, and suddenly in 2018 I found out both of my cats had been diagnosed with […]

This is What Its Like Photographing a Magazine Spread During a Pandemic

Celebrity portrait photographer Daniel Kennedy was recently commissioned to shoot a spread for Billboard Magazine, his first job since the widespread lockdowns caused by COVID-19. He took the opportunity to give us a look at what magazine shoots might look like as the world begins to open back up. Thus far, most “lockdown” photo shoots […]

Portraits In The Time Of Coronavirus

We are living in unprecedented times. As a photographer of social events (weddings), individual, family, business portraits and sports, the recent closing of schools and the virtual shut down of our towns and citiesbasically our lives as we have known ithas shut everything down. It is a difficult time for so many and I am […]

Shooting Creative Holiday Portraits at Night with a Single Flash

Photographer and YouTuber Irene Rudnik was recently scrolling through Instagram when she stumbled across some beautiful blue-hour snow portraits by photographer @kateblc. Like any good artist, she decided to run with that inspiration, and in the video above, she takes us along behind the scenes to see how she captured a beautiful holiday-themed nighttime portrait […]

Getting Creative With One Light

So you have just picked up your first light or you have had one light for a while now, and you are wondering what more you can create with just that one light. Well, you can create loads. I see many post/comments from photographers saying they can’t do this or that as they only have […]

For Fathers Day, Here is Your Photography Mission

I picked up a camera in 2008, and I laid my mother to rest in 2010. Guess what I never got around to? Thats right: I never created a real portrait of her before we said goodbye. Back then, I knew I wanted to be a portrait photographer. I was starved for subjects. And after […]

5 Classic Portrait Lighting Mistakes You May Be Making

In this article, I am going to highlight 5 key things that I see portrait photographers doing that I consider to be “in need of improvement.” And although there are no hard-and-fast rules to photography, try to think of it as being similar to an instrument being slightly out of tune or a meal that’s […]

This is How Much Photo Editing Can Impact Portraits

Ive been doing professional portrait and fashion photography for over 3 years now, but from the very beginning I have always considered myself an aspiring photographer, because you never stop improving and looking for new challenges.

Quick Tip: How to Make a Creative Bokeh Backdrop for Portraits

In this creative 2-minute tutorial, Ukranian photographer Anya Anti demonstrates how to make an interesting bokeh effect using shapes cut out of a paper backdrop. To create the effect, you will need: Paper backdrop A marker Something sharp (preferably scissors) Flash heads or other light source to place behind the backdrop The idea is quite simple: […]

The Building Blocks of Artistic Portrait Photography

Of the many creative photographic genres, it is perhaps portrait photography where two campsthe representative and the artisticcan be most clearly observed. Whilst the former requires context through captions and backstory to elevate it, in the later, the absence of such requires creative aptitude.

Portraits In The Time Of Coronavirus: Shooting Free Front Porch Photo Sessions

We are living in unprecedented times. As a photographer of social events (weddings), individual, family, business portraits and sports, the recent closing of schools and the virtual shut down of our towns and citiesbasically our lives as we have known ithas shut everything down. It is a difficult time for so many and I am […]

35+ Best Black and White Portraits on 500px

There are color portraits that are displayed in black and white, and there are black and white portraits... these 35 photos fall into the second category. The post 35+ Best Black and White Portraits on 500px appeared first on 500px Blog.

35 Fantastic Black and White Portraits on 500px

There are color portraits that are displayed in black and white, and there are black and white portraits... these 35 photos fall into the second category. The post 35 Fantastic Black and White Portraits on 500px appeared first on 500px Blog.

Using a Single DIY Globe Modifier for Simple, Stunning Portraits

Its not often I get to shoot very simple, clean white light shots, but in a recent shoot the model asked if she could get some updated Polaroids. For those of you not familiar with the term when used in reference to a model shoot, its actually not the now-obsolete and ludicrously expensive single-shot film, […]

The Opposite Photography Challenge: Shoot Outside Your Comfort Zone

One way to stretch yourself as a photographer is to shoot outside your comfort zone, and the Opposite Photography Challenge is one way to do so. In this 7-minute video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows how she carried out the challenge with a recent portrait shoot.