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Buying guide: Photo Studio backdrops

It's what's in back that counts

ArticleProfessional Imaging Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, July 28, 2014

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Background information about muslin, velour, canvas, and seamless backdrops. (UPDATED FOR 2014).

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TAGS: canvas,  studio,  portrait,  backdrop,  muslin,  seamless,  velour,  stand,  focus on portraiture 

5 Best Lenses for Portrait Photography

Our choice of lenses that will flatter your subject

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, October 25, 2012

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If you’re getting serious about portrait photography, consider investing in a moderate telephoto lens. Here’s a round-up of the best.

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TAGS: buying guide,  portrait,  Lens advice,  lens,  focus on portraiture 

How to photograph a silhouette at the window

Simplify composition for dramatic effects

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, October 1, 2012

Silhouettes are a great way to simplify a photo: They reduce an image to dramatic areas of light and dark, lines, and not much color. One of the best places to shoot a silhouette is against a window.

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TAGS: light,  tips,  windows,  focus on portraiture 

Your Best Portrait Photography Ever...With A $10 Shoot-Through Umbrella!

From Joe Farace’s Studio, Part IV

ArticleLighting Techniques Techniques and How-Tos - by Joe Farace, July 10, 2012

As we continue to look at budget-priced studio portrait photography lighting modifiers, I've discovered that while Octaboxes are great for portraits, there's a $10 shoot-through umbrella that produces results that are almost as good (or maybe better)!

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TAGS: adorama,  studio,  portrait,  studio lighting,  umbrella,  muslin,  flash diffuser,  Flashpoint,  focus on portraiture,  flash modifier,  portrait photography,  octabox,  shoot-through umbrella 

5 Portrait Photography Do's and Don'ts For Better People Pix

Quick tips that will improve your portrait shots

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Fred Singer, May 30, 2012

Got five minutes? Here are five quick but helpful portrait photography tips that will help you take your portrait photography skills up a notch.

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TAGS: portrait,  tip,  focus on portraiture,  portrait photography 

How to Shoot Priceless Professional Portrait Photography for a (Relative) Pittance

A MILC, an odd choice for a lens, a low-cost light or two, and you're ready to go!

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Sandy Ramirez, May 24, 2012

Portrait photography is the bread and butter job professional photographers do day in and day out. Everyone does them, be they Joe Blow in a small studio in Montana to Annie Liebowitz shooting for Vanity Fair. Can it be done on the cheap and look amazing? You bet!

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TAGS: portrait,  Lens advice,  lens,  focus on portraiture,  cine,  Pentax Q,  cinematography,  portrait photography,  adapter 

Shoot On-Location Portrait Photography Like A Pro!

Shoot extraordinary environmental portraits

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Allen Rokach with Anne Millman, May 17, 2012

From finding the right location to using elements that say something related to the sitter, there are many ways to create successful environmental portraits.

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TAGS: portrait,  photo technique,  photo tips,  environmental,  focus on portraiture 

11 Tips for Dynamic Portrait Photography in the City

Unpredictable and dynamic, street portrait photography is awesome

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Fred Singer, May 9, 2012

If you live in a city (or plan to travel to one), you have an energetic, dynamic backdrop for portrait photography as your playground. Urban portrait photography lets you capture environmental portraiture in a way that you can't do anywhere else.

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TAGS: face detection,  face recognition,  face priority,  focus on portraiture,  portrait photography 

Fantastic Portraits With A MILC? Choose the Right Lens

Portrait Lenses for Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact Cameras abound!

ArticleLenses and Filters Gear Guides & Reviews - by Fred Singer, May 1, 2012

You don't need a DSLR to shoot perfect portraits—now you can rock your portrait shoots with portrait lenses made for Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact (MILC) cameras.

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TAGS: Fujifilm,  Panasonic,  pentax,  samsung,  portrait,  sony,  focus on portraiture,  Sony NEX,  MILC Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Compact,  MILC,  Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact,  Pentax Q,  Nikon 1,  mirrorless,  Fujifilm X-Pro1,  Pentax K-01,  portrait photography 

It's Leap Year! Shoot Jumping Portraits!

Get your subjects' feet off the ground

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, February 29, 2012

Want to add energy and something different to your portraits? Don't just let your subjects sit there--get them to jump! (Bonus: this is a great way to get restless children to channel their energy into great airborne poses.)

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TAGS: studio,  portrait,  photo,  people,  jump,  focus on portraiture 

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