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Portrait Photography Tutorials for Working with Light and Subjects

Do you want to learn how to take better portrait photographs? Bought a fancy camera but you don’t know what settings and lenses to use? Terrified of using a flash?

Never fear, in this section you are going to find everything you need to know to start improving your portrait photos.

Take your portrait photography to the next level with our guides. In this section we will cover:

  • Tips for relaxing camera shy subjects
  • Common portrait mistakes and how to avoid them
  • How to use Off-Camera flash
  • Using shadows in your images
  • Understanding the importance of light when photographing people
  • Equipment and book reviews and advice
  • Examples, tips, and practice to improve your portraits

To start taking better portrait photographsy first you are going to need to learn about lighting. That means you are also going to need to learn about using a flash.

So many people find using a flash terrifying and a huge challenge. In this section I have articles that are going to break everything right down for you and bust some common photography myths.

Many photographers make the same mistakes, especially when they are just starting out. Don’t worry I’ve got you covered! In this section you are going to find everything you need from lighting to helping your portrait subjects to relax.

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Using flash can be one of the most challenging things to learn as a new photographer. Getting into off-camera flash can seem infinitely complicated and confusing but it's not really. I've found three good videos on this topic to help you out. In this first video, the photographer, Eric Rossi, goes over the gear you need ... [Read more]

There's a lot of misconceptions and myths about using flash. That it's too hard or too expensive. In this article by Piet Van den Eynde, he will bust those myths and give you some tips to make flash easier for you to try.

Photographing camera-shy portrait subjects can be tricky. Here are 5 tips to help you bring them out of their shell and get better photos.

Here are 10 tips to help you with your camera settings and equipment choices when doing portrait photography. These technical things will help you gain confidence in your work so you can focus on the artistic and creative side.

Beginners often make these 14 common people photography mistakes. See if you are guilty of any of these, and get tips on how to avoid them by reading this article.

This set of stunning portraits is purely for your enjoyment and inspiration. If you like people photography get some ideas and study the lighting - see which style you are most attracted to so you can develop your own photographic style.

In this article I cover the special event "Help Portrait" that I participated in December 2012. I give examples from this event where we donated our time and skills to give portraits to those that cannot afford them. Also included for you is 5 tips on doing portraits that will help you have a more successful photo session.

Why photography is important - it records history, it records life. Don't miss the opportunity to photograph your loved ones before it's too late. Dedicated to our great cat Pumpkin, who at age 18 we had to say goodbye to today with great sadness.

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