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How to Shoot Perfect Portraits

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After assembling a huge quantity of knowledge from all corners of the globe, we present to you a complete and in-depth look at photographic portraiture. You can search far and wide and not find a resource this extensive or fun. Learn everything about portraiture you ever wanted to know, right here.

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  • Photography
    News
    How to Shoot Perfect PortraitsPreviewsession
    Good news, we’ve commissioned a huge session just for you! This is a group of posts dedicated to thoroughly covering a specific topic so that you can learn everything you need to know in one place. This session covers many aspects of portraiture. Read on to get a peek at all of the great topics we’ll cover.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    The Best Way to Learn About Making PortraitsPreview
    Portraiture can be a challenging subject, especially for newcomers to photography. There's something about asking someone to be a model that's a little nerve-racking if you're not accustomed to it. Not only do you have to find a willing subject, but you also need to figure out where and when the shoot is going to take place, and how to direct your model once the shoot gets going. All without coming across like someone who doesn't know what they are doing. Luckily, I'm here to help.Read More…
  • Photography
    Theory
    How To Get Your Subject To Act Naturally200x200
    Working as a portrait photographer can sometimes feel like a real chore. If things aren’t going your way, then it can be really difficult to change the atmosphere of the shoot towards something productive and creative that will produce good results.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    A In-Depth Walkthrough of a Family Portrait ShootFpsw preview
    Instead of the usual theory articles out there on how to shoot a family portrait, this is a walk through of my own experience. It's like a highlight reel of the many 'oh why?!' moments I experienced as well as the one and only single moment of success.Read More…
  • Photography
    Articles
    Making Your Poses Work for You200x200
    Posing can be a tricky business. Have you ever been on a portrait shoot and it doesn’t quite feel right, everything looks a bit forced and you can’t get the subject to look natural? Well it falls on you as the photographer to make those decisions and have the confidence to direct and adjust even the small variations that can make so much difference and enable you to get the shot you’ve been looking for.Read More…
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    Shooting
    Envisioning & Shooting an Environmental PortraitPreview
    Striking the balance of environment and subject is what good environmental portraiture is all about. Today, I'm taking you from start to finish with how to envision and craft an environmental portrait. We'll go from scouting to sculpting the light to highlighting the subject and environment.Read More…
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    Shooting
    Step-by-Step Guide to an Engagement SessionPreview
    (sigh) L'amore ... Boy meets girl, they like each other, they love each other, and they decide to get married. Although not often done until about 10 or so years ago, the engagement session has become part of a couple's - and wedding photographer's - photography needs.Read More…
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    Shooting
    Making Your Vacation Portraits Pop!Untitled 1
    It’s holiday season, and what better time to take your camera out and about to capture not only those scenic holiday destinations, but the people that you’re sharing them with. Here are a few top tips on how to take eye catching and engaging vacation portraits.Read More…
  • Photography
    Interviews
    Phil Sharp: Having Eyes for PortraitsPhilsharp
    Phil Sharp is a portrait and commercial photographer based in London. He is known for his relaxed yet professional attitude and his distinctive and contemporary photographic style. We recently had a chance to speak with Sharp about his approach to portraiture and even some of his new projects.Read More…
  • Photography
    Theory
    20 Fast Tips for Portrait Photography Preview
    I love portrait photography. I'm sure many of you do, too. However, doing a great portrait is one of the most challenging kinds of photography out there. So, here are 20 tips that will help you take better portraits and improve your workflow.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    A Step-by-Step Guide to Shooting a Natural Light HeadshotsPreview
    Effectively utilizing natural light for portraits and head shots can bring a shot to life. But, the inconsistencies of natural light can be challenging. I'm going to take you through a shoot I did with a band from Manchester a couple of years ago, which resulted in not only some group shots, but some head shots that I was rather pleased with.Read More…
  • Photography
    Interviews
    Andy Fallon: Capturing the Faces of MusicPreview2
    I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the UK's top portrait photographers. Andy Fallon is at the top of his game. Over the past decade, he has been the go-to photographer for the top music magazines to capture their cover stars. Andy's now moving on from the world of music and branching into new realms of portraiture. We met up with him to find out more.Read More…
  • Photography
    Shooting
    Travel Portraits: Methods for Making a ConnectionPreview
    If you love to travel and take photographs, you have likely come across the dilemma of what to do when photographing people. Most see it as a catch 22. If you ask permission (as I believe is proper) then the person is not being 'natural' as they were before you asked, doing whatever it was that caught your eye. If you snap away, you risk being seen as rude and offending your subject which, for one reason or another, you thought of highly enough to take a photo. So what to do?Read More…
  • Photography
    Lighting
    10 Ways to Shoot Stunning Portraits With Only One LightOnelightportraits ck prelg
    We're here today to talk about shooting high quality, lit portraits with only one strobe or flash. Maybe your budget doesn't allow you to purchase multiple lights for portraits. Maybe you have to travel light and don't have the space for two flashes. Maybe you just want a challenge. Whatever the case is, you can produce a wide variety of lighting scenarios using a single flash. I've included 10 clearly explained examples in this tutorial that you can apply to your own situations.Read More…
  • Photography
    Quizzes
    Phototuts+ Quiz #18: PortraitsQuiz
    Today, you’ll have another chance to try one of our Phototuts+ quizzes. Is you're camera always pointed at other people? See how much you know about the craft. Get crackin’ after the jump! And don’t forget to share you results in the comments.Read More…