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Composition is Everything

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Portrait CompositionMany of us have already learned the basic composition rules; rule of thirds, leading lines, symmetry and patterns, depth of field, framing and the final rule is there are no rules. However, here are some things to avoid most of the time for the best possible photographs. Read more »

10 Winter Photography Tips: Never Too Early to Prepare

By Kevin Pepper
Winter Photography TipsLearn how to keep your pictures great, your gear safe, and your tushy warm. This post will give you some tips on taking photographs in the winter (tips based largely on my own personal experiences of taking really bad winter photographs). Even if you are not a diehard photographer, these tips can help ensure that you're ready to grab that photographic opportunity when you see it. Read more »

What is Portrait Photography: Lighting People

By Nicholas Donner
Lighting for Portrait PhotographyOh, boy! This is a big topic. There are entire Web sites devoted to portrait lighting, so we’ll do this in the most basic of ways, assuming you have already read my post on Natural Light Portraits, and are just getting started in using artificial light, and have a very basic and inexpensive one or two speedlight setup. The truth is, you don’t need much lighting equipment to create awesomely lit portraits—just a little creativity and a little technical know how. Here’s a quick step-by-step for lighting people. Read more »

What is Portrait Photography: Posing People

By Nicholas Donner
Posing for Portrait PhotographyKnowing how to pose people in a way that looks natural is half the battle when you are trying to get awesome portraits. You are probably not surprised to hear that many people lock up when a camera is pointed at them. All of a sudden they get stiff and aren’t quite sure where to look, or where to put their hands. Your job as a portrait photographer is to gently guide them into looking natural. There is no magic pose or formula that will instantly turn your average photo subjects into Kate Upton, but the posing tips ahead will help you make people look their best in front of the camera. Read more »

Photography Friday: Building Rapport with Subjects

By Nicholas Donner
Portraiture PhotographyPhotography is equal parts art and science and then, on top of that, making an interesting photo means knowing something about the subject you are photographing or the audience you want to see your photo. But beyond knowing your subject, there are a few other things that help with building rapport. Discover them here! Read more »

What is Portraiture Photography: Mastering Group Portraits

By Nicholas Donner
Group PortraitsEvery photographer will, at some point, have to take a photograph of a group of people. Even if you specialize in landscapes or product photography it’s inevitable: you’ll be at a party or a family reunion and, as the only one there that won’t botch the photo, you’ll be asked to take a shot of the group. With some practice I think my skill at producing a frame-worthy group portrait has become better, and these are the things I have learned along the way. Read more »

RAW vs. JPEG: Which is Better?

By Brooke McNeely Galligan
Raw versus Jpg PhotosMost cameras will let you shoot in JPG or RAW. In the end you have the same image but sometimes it's better to use one format over another. Learn the best cases for using each mode. Read more »

Photography Friday: Studio Lighting Kits for Your Home Studio

By Kevin Pepper
Home Studio Lighting KitsNot too long ago studio lighting was really only for the professional photographer, or an enthusiast with lots of disposable cash. Today however, with a wide range of kits that are available on the market, enthusiasts are able to create home studios easier than it has ever been. Let's take a look at some lighting options! Read more »

What is Portraiture Photography: Creative Portraits

By Nicholas Donner
Creative PortraitsIn order to keep things interesting for myself and to keep clients from feeling like they are being put through a standard photography formula, I like to get at least one shot that I’ve never done before and pushes me to think a little harder. To me, a creative portrait must have some deeper meaning behind it. Usually, it’s personal to the subject, ironic to the viewer, or identifies something about the subject that you may not have otherwise have known. Read more »