Portrait Photography: Focus on Texture

Portrait photography is rife with air brushed skin and flattering lighting! Do you suffer from a common, highly contagious photographic condition called, ‘textural deficiency’*? In this slick, paired down, minimalist world of portrait photography, where ‘less,’ is often considered to be ‘more’. We are missing out on all the lumpy, gritty, grainy, coarse, knobbly, bobbly, scratchy, wiry parts! This adds up to a willful neglect of one basic compositional element: ...

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How To Take Amazing Photos Without Using A Camera

Ever get bored of using your DSLR and wonder if there was something else you  could use instead? Chances are that you already own an amazing high quality image making machine. I’m talking about a scanner. They are normally used to copy boring bits of A4 sized, household admin. But they are capable of soo much more. Now, the more pedantic reader might be wondering whether a scan is ...

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Shoot Portraits at Sunset tutorial

Do you want to shoot portraits that capture the gorgeous glow of a sunset, as well the personality of your sitter? Hell yes, of course you do! To shoot portraits using this technique, it's crucial that you control your flash. Your flash needs to light your subject in the foreground, whilst the big orange orb of gas (the sun) takes care of the background lighting. This is a great little ...

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Portraits Miracle Cure for the Terminally Camera Shy

I hate having my picture taken. I hate it. The moment the lens points at me I freeze. I feel totally awkward, my face creates a weird grimace and my body feels like It’s in the late stages of rigor mortis! I'm camera shy. I know I’m not the only photographer who is camera shy: we like being the other side of the lens for many reasons. ...

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5 Household Alternatives to Studio Lighting

So you haven’t got the mega bucks to invest in studio lighting but you want to give your portraits a push?  Don’t worry you already have plenty of alternatives to studio lighting at your fingertips. Take a look around your house or place of work for light emitting devices. For starters, you’re probably reading this article off of one… Each light source has it’s own particular ...

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Portraits: 5 Tips for taking perfect portraits!

When someone says, ‘I don’t like having my photo taken.’ What they are really saying is ‘I don’t want you to take an unflattering portrait of me, tag me and put them on Facebook!’ So, if your friends are threatening to take out a restraining order out on you, if you come near them with a camera, you perhaps need to get to grips with your camera angles. ...

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How to Create Spooky in Camera Double Exposures

Halloween is looming like a dark ominous figure in the distance! This sounds like a good excuse, for some in camera trickery that might produce some visual treats!   Double exposures used to be the thing that happened, when a photographer forgot to wind the film on and thus managed to a shoot twice on the same piece of film –hence the term: double exposure. Photographers have long since ...

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