Tag: portraits

Mixing Smoke Grenades with Location Portraits

Smoke grenades: foul smelling, clothes staining, and a primary tool for celebrating the birth of our nation. Recently, while in Austin Texas, I was introduced to a model, Valerie. She suggested using these smoke bombs for a portrait shoot I was immediately intrigued at the creative possibilities. [ Read More ] Mark Bowers Click Here […]

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How to Create Good Black and White Portraits

The most difficult question I often ask myself is, “Do I convert this image to black and white or leave it in color?” This question is particularly difficult with people, because black and white portraits look really good. My go to rule is that if the colors in the image do not match, are not […]

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4 Beginner Tips for Creating Dramatic Portraits with One Flash

In this article, I will explain how you can use a transmitter/receiver, or transceiver system to achieve simple dramatic portraits using only one flash. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to get you started. Background I used to fear using anything other than natural light. One of the reasons was that I had a […]

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3 Ways to Make Selective Color Portraits Using Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2

Selective coloring is a post-processing technique where you convert an image to black and white, but leave part of it in color. It has a bad reputation because it can be used to create some truly horrendous images where the only thing on display is the photographer’s lack of ability. But the good news is that […]

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Tips for Making Natural Light Portraits

Natural light portraits are honestly one of my favourites, they have this extra feel that studio portraits don’t. Compared to studio portraits, they are much easier – you don’t need to learn all the lighting techniques. They are also much cheaper, you don’t need to buy any strobes, flashes, or light modifiers such as soft […]

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Background Exposure Techniques with Single Light Studio Portraits

What you’re going to learn in this video is one of the most important aspects of photography. This video sums up what is known as the inverse square law. It’s one of the fundamental laws used in not only photography but in a variety of other areas of physics as well. Daniel Norton demonstrates how, using this law, […]

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5 Tips for Creating Romantic Portraits of Couples

When I hear the word romantic, what comes to mind is a dreamy, poetic, passionate image, full of unspoken affection and sometimes, a touch of mystery. However, when it comes to romantic portraits of couples, I don’t want romantic to translate as cheesy or cliche. I think I would want something a little bit more […]

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