A Guide To Black and White Portraits

Black and white film is one of the oldest photographic mediums around; in fact it IS the oldest method of capturing images that the world has known. Digital is just a baby learning how to walk. Black and white has long been and still continues to be one of the staples that truly good photographers reach for. It is an …

How to Photograph Family Portraits

One of the toughest things to do and do well is to photograph a family. That is because you will have the possibility of dealing with many different personalities and ages that can run from very young to very old and it is almost impossible to satisfy everyone in a situation like that. Never mind the trouble in getting everyone …

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How to Take Awesome Portraits Outdoors

This is an area that you are either really good at or really bad at. You can certainly learn to be good at this if you put the effort in to it but the problem is that most people think that since it is a sunny day they are going to get great, well lit shots that will be masterpieces. …

Camera Flash vs External Lighting Kits

If you’ve been doing any kind of photograph at all in your life then you are well aware that there is a huge difference between using the on camera flash and the external lighting kits that are available. Some of those differences are pretty significant and you will see that no matter what, there is reason why you might want …

How to Set Up Studio Lighting

This is one of those things that you can read up on all the various ways to set up your own portrait system and then you are still going to have to experiment with it. It is not an exact science because the way my studio is set and the amount of ambient lighting in there is going to be …

Studio Lighting Equipment: Umbrellas vs Light Boxes

Portrait photography is usually all about making someone look better than they actually look. In rare instances people want to bring out a trait that is strong and defines them like a wrinkled old man to show the years of weathering. But generally a portrait is supposed to make people look great. Look at a painting by some of the …