Video: Mastering Portrait Photography on Location, Oxford, UK, 2024

Ever wondered what goes on during one of our location workshops? Well, here’s a quick video showing our route through Oxford on our most  recent Mastering Available Light on Location workshop in April 2024 . It is a whistlestop tour of the kinds of things we do when we go out onto the street and simply play with cameras, locations, people, laughter and light. Bring good shoes! To find out more about our upcoming workshop on location and at the …

Video: Mastering Location Portraits In Oxford, UK

Ever wondered what goes on during one of our location workshops? Well, here’s a quick video showing our route through Oxford on a recent Mastering Location Portraits workshop. This video wasn’t really intended for public use rather it was a way of triggering memories for the attendees so they can match up their images with the locations we were using. However, the video proved so popular that I am putting up here as a way of showing the kinds of …

Realistic Eye Reshaping Using Masks, Smart Objects And Liquify

This walkthrough steps through a method for realistic eye re-shaping. The walkthrough is in response to Rachel’s question posted on the Forums and is to reshape the eye of someone who had a stroke a couple of years ago so it has it has to be sympathetic and realistic. This is probably for intermediate Photoshop users and includes techniques in the following: Layers and Masks Smart Objects (Smart Layers) Liquify Content-Aware Fill JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of …

Image Critique 24

Four more images to enjoy! Thank you to the authors for submitting their work – lots to enjoy and learn from in this episode. Oh, and a very shaggy lockdown hairdo! If you would like your images critiqued, please use the Image Critique menu option above to submit a file (or more than one of you wish). Your image will then appear in one of the future episodes! JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and …

Creating Stunning Portraits With Rotolight AEOS and NEO2

The good folk at Rotolight lent us two pieces of kit for this demo: the Rotolight AEOS and the NEO 2. These lights were originally designed for video work, but Rotolight have added a strobe feature that means they can be used like studio flash lights or location strobes (off-camera flash). They are extremely lightweight, very portable and their battery goes on as long as you can. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions …

Image Critique 23

Four more images to explore and enjoy! If you would like your images critiqued, please use the Image Critique menu option above to submit a file (or more than one of you wish). Your image will then appear in one of the future episodes! JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to the art, passion and business of portrait photography! JOIN NOW! LOGIN Background DistractionsBlack & WhiteFemale PortraitPhotographing ChildrenPhotographing MenPhotographing Women >

Video: Photographing Siblings

It’s the one single picture that parents want most of all: their children together, looking happy. However, the perfect sibling shot can be challenging for photographers to achieve, particularly when it comes to posing: how do you place sisters and brothers together without making them look like a couple? You’ll get three totally different posing ideas from this video, and you’ll see how I achieved each of them. You’ll learn why I chose each location, how I posed a teenage brother and sister together and – most importantly …

Image Critique 22

Four more images to explore and enjoy! If you would like your images critiqued, please use the Image Critique menu option above to submit a file (or more than one of you wish). Your image will then appear in one of the future episodes! JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to the art, passion and business of portrait photography! JOIN NOW! LOGIN Background DistractionsBlack & WhiteFemale PortraitLeading LinesPhotographing ChildrenPhotographing MenPhotographing Women >

Video: Studio Lighting For Available-Light Photographers

Perhaps you’re fairly (or very) comfortable with window-lit portraiture, but feel a little intimated by the idea of studio strobes. If so, you’re definitely not alone! For a very long time, I struggled to understand all the technical detail that seemed to be a requirement for getting started with studio lighting, especially as I just wanted to get back to what I love doing most – creating beautiful portraits! I finally had a breakthrough and realised that my knowledge of photographing …

Walkthrough: How To Use The Photoshop Room-Sets

In this video, I walk through using the Mastering Portrait Photography Room-Sets. These can be found in the store and are the perfect way to show your clients just how stunning their images are going to look on their wall! They are simple to set up and use and before you know it, you’ll be showing off your images in beautiful, realistic room settings. If you prefer to read these things step-by-step, there is an alternative version here. Enjoy!