Category Archives: portrait photography

Shoot on Cloudy Days to Add a Little Drama to Ordinary Portraits

There are a lot of photographers that put their cameras away when the clouds roll in, but for others, that’s when the fun’s just getting started. In today’s post I will provide some tips and tricks that will help you … Continue reading

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Levitation Photography by Natsumi Hayashi

I spend a lot of time looking at the work of other photographers for inspiration. Every once in a while I’ll find one that makes me jealous, usually because they’ve come up with a concept or an idea that I wish … Continue reading

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High Speed Sync Part IV – The Reckoning

So far, we’ve discussed three of the five ways to control ambient light when using flash. Today I will complete the list and provide my Pro’s and Con’s analysis of each. The list so far: Fast Shutter Speed + High … Continue reading

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Extend the range and power of your lights for free

Whether you’re using giant Profoto’s or small speedlite’s , you can get a lot more out of them if you plan ahead. Consider this shot — (larger image): If you’ve ever used small flashes to light your subject in bright outdoor conditions, … Continue reading

Posted in off-camera-flash, photoshop, portrait photography

Using the sun as a rim/accent light.

One of the best things about doing portrait photography outdoors is that you can incorporate sunlight into your lighting setup. For example, in the following shot you can see that I’m using the sun as an accent light: I just … Continue reading

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Vallejo Portrait Session w/Lindsay

Photography is not a crime  I thought I would start my first “real” post off with some shots I took a few days ago with Lindsay. I chose Mare Island in Vallejo California as my location – In retrospect, I’m … Continue reading

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