Portrait Photography

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Photography Friday: Tips for Photographing Men

By Nicholas Donner
In my experience, men are much less excited about having their photo taken than women, at least in a formal portrait setting. This means you may have to do a little extra work to get a great shot unless you’re working with someone who is very confident or experienced in front of the camera. Here are a few ways to take the average guy and make him look and feel his best while being photographed. 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 »

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 »

What is Portraiture Photography: Headshots

By Nicholas Donner
Portraiture PhotographyJust about everyone needs a headshot. Authors, actors, speakers, sports figures, teachers, business people, and elected officials are all among the individuals who need headshots. If you plan to travel out of the country you need a headshot for your passport. If you are a photographer this is a great type of photography to practice, since everyone can use a good headshot! Read more »