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Photography Articles: Portrait Photography and People

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The photography of the people around you - what can be more exciting and satisfying? But we all want our people photography to look as beautiful and amazing as possible. Learn how to take great pictures of friends, family, and strangers in these articles on photographing people.

  • An Exercise in Studio Lighting
    by John H. Siskin

    I teach a BetterPhoto.com class in studio lighting. One of the problems my students have is they havenít got a way to practice. This project is an exercise. Iíve done it with classes, and I've done it in my own work. I allow myself only one light source, with my goal being to create an interesting light without too much contrast. Then I find a simple subject, preferably something around the studio. This helps me to concentrate on the ways to manipulate light, rather than just adding more lights. Read An Exercise in Studio Lighting...
  • Backgrounds for Portrait Photography
    by John H. Siskin

    My favorite portraits have backgrounds that help tell the story of the person being photographed. In this shot of my dog, Dodie, the background helps to tell the story of what a great reader she is. Read Backgrounds for Portrait Photography...
  • Family Photos: Fathers Day Celebration Ideas
    by Kerry Drager

    The great bond between parent and child can produce some truly memorable images. In fact, BetterPhoto members and instructors have captured some wonderful portraits that show the loving relationship between father and daughter, father and son. And, of course, that special family occasion - Father's Day - offers great opportunities to capture cherished memories in pictures. Following are some thoughts on photographing Fathers Day Celebration Ideas. Read Family Photos: Fathers Day Celebration Ideas...
  • How to Photograph Performers on Stage
    by Ibarionex R. Perello

    Dancers, musicians, actors and singers offer great opportunities for photographing people. Used to being the focus of attention, performers - especially when they are on stage - are great subjects for photographers hoping to capture a striking and dramatic image. Read How to Photograph Performers on Stage...
  • Photographing Blue Grass Arts and Craft Festivals, and Other Special Events
    by Kerry Drager

    When it comes to colorful photographic opportunities, it's hard to beat classic-car shows, hot air balloon races, local fairs, street parades, historical re-enactments, or blue grass arts and crafts festivals. These camera-friendly events were made for photography!

    And if you're like many shooters who shy away from photographing people, then these occasions are just for you. Since seemingly everyone has a camera, you'll fit right in ... and before long, you'll be capturing all sorts of great people shots. Read Photographing Blue Grass Arts and Craft Festivals, and Other Special Events...

  • Portraiture with One Light
    by John H. Siskin

    Why would anyone try to create a way to use one light to do a portrait? Well, the best reason I can think of is less equipment. Thatís less equipment to carry, set up, take down and also buy! Itís also quicker to work with fewer tools; if you have only one light, you always know which light is causing the trouble. It also gives you the freedom to use any additional lights in new and more creative ways! Read Portraiture with One Light...
  • Priceless Pictures of People in the Great Outdoors: Portrait Photography
    by Kerry Drager

    Shooting portraits is always a creative pursuit, as demonstrated by BetterPhoto photographers. That's especially true with outdoor portraits - and whether formal, casual, or candid, such scenes feature the beauty of natural light. Read Priceless Pictures of People in the Great Outdoors: Portrait Photography...
  • Portrait Photography: Increasing ISO for Sharp Results
    by Ibarionex R. Perello
    Read Portrait Photography: Increasing ISO for Sharp Results...
  • Portrait Photography: Lighting and Background
    by Ibarionex R. Perello

    For many of the author photographs that I am called to shoot, I often photograph them in their homes. I do this because the familiarity of the setting helps to place the subject at ease. The challenge for me is that since I have never been to their homes, I donít know what to expect in respect to light and setting. Read Portrait Photography: Lighting and Background...
  • Strobe Lighting - Just the Basics!
    by John H. Siskin
    Read Strobe Lighting - Just the Basics!...
  • Studio Photography: Types of Light
    by John H. Siskin

    I teach several classes about lighting, so I wanted to take a few words to try to help everybody understand some of the basic things about the color of light. A digital camera can compensate for many different light types but most cameras have trouble when you mix light colors. For instance if you shoot an office that is lit with fluorescent tubes and someone has a desk lamp with a tungsten bulb the shot will not look natural to the eye. The human eye is always interpreting the information it collects because it is connected to the brain. Consequently the eye can fix the color in an office, but unfortunately wonít fix the colors in a print. Read Studio Photography: Types of Light...
  • Studio Photography: Building a Light Panel
    by John H. Siskin

    Look, you are going to want some of these light panels. They help me to create large shadowless light source. I sometimes refer to light panels as scrims also. They allow you to make a small light source into a large light source. Read Studio Photography: Building a Light Panel...
  • Studio Photography: Copying Artwork
    by John H. Siskin

    When I started my photography business a few decades ago, my commercial client was Bagdasarian Productions. They made the "Chipmunk" animated cartoons, with Alvin, Theodore and Simon. They were working on a full-length movie about the adventures of the Chipmunks. One of the keys to animation, back in the 1980s, was high-quality painting for backgrounds. Those paintings were done here in Los Angeles and then shipped to Korea for the character animation. My job was to make high-quality copies of the backgrounds so that the background painters would be able to refer to them in order to maintain accurate color and style. Since then I have done copy work for businesses, artists and galleries. Copy work is pretty simple but it must be done very carefully in order to get the best results. I often do copy work in the living room, since I keep my finished work at home. Read Studio Photography: Copying Artwork...

 
 
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