This is a profile of renowned photographer, Platon. His photos have captured the souls of the average person on the street and many of our infamous world leaders. Platon’s fearless portraits capture the souls of world leaders and ordinary people. Journey into his process in a session with Gen. Colin Powell.
Family photos wouldn’t be complete without the fluffy members. We consider dogs, cats and other pets’ part of our family. A family photo session involving pets is fun and tricky at the same time. We collected some pet photography tips that can help you capture the best shots. Prepare The Owners For The Photo Session […]
Whether you’re photographing an individual or group, having sessions on location can add a lot of variety to your images. Most locations offer natural or built-in elements that are great for posing people without having to move too much. Almost all outdoor locations have natural or built-in elements that can give you options for where […]
Broadly speaking there are two types of portraits. The first is where you try to make the model look as beautiful as possible. You may need a make-up artist or stylist to do it properly. Most commercial photographers are paid to make their models look beautiful, and there are many links with the world of fashion photography. Capturing character is a more simplistic, honest approach to making portraits. The techniques and principles behind it are simple but may take a lifetime to master.
When I was a senior in high school, there was one local photographer that nearly everyone went to for their portraits. Part of her process included each person bringing in a bag of clothing to model for her. She would then help select the outfits that would ultimately be worn for the portraits. She also gave specific instructions for hair, makeup, and grooming. Quite often, the photographer hired a makeup artist to be present for the portraits – in effect she was doing styled portraits.
Dance photography is a fascinating genre that can turn even the simplest movements into art. Here are 14 tips to help you easily capture the beauty of any dancing style.
With her gorgeous, haunting photographs, artist Uldus Bakhtiozina documents dreams, working with daily life as she imagines it could be. She creates everything in her work by hand – from costumes to stages – without digital manipulation, bringing us images from the land of escapism, where anyone can become something else.
I love using framing in my images with a layering technique. Layering is simply incorporating not just your subject and background, but adding a foreground and other levels if possible as part of the elements you use to frame your overall image.
Many photographers choose to use natural light as their chosen style, almost as a badge of honour. Natural light is a wonderful source, providing ease of use and flattering light to your subjects, but you should be using it the same way as you would studio lights. You need to create light and shade that will add emotion or mood, not flat lighting that gives no shape, texture or mood. Hopefully these tips will help you on a path to refining your natural light classic portraits.
When someone hires you to take portraits or head shots of them, it’s important you understand how to pose them, and angle the body toward the camera. By understanding this, you will also be able to work more efficiently, which will benefit both you and the client. You have to remember that most people don’t like to have their photo taken, so you want the process to move along swiftly.
These days everyone needs some form of a headshot. Most clients also want one that’s unique. In many cases, you might do more of a professional portrait than a traditional headshot. This means that the background becomes even more important! Here are some backgrounds that you can use for professional portraits and headshots.
Cinematic photography looks like a screen grab from a movie. It involves controlled lighting and composition, lens choice and model direction. And some post-processing know-how.