Video: How to shoot a dark and moody portrait in the middle of the day

Overpower daylight with portable flash for an atmospheric outdoor portrait. Although this image looks as though it was taken after dusk, as you’ll see from the video it was actually captured during a fairly bright but cloudy day. In the video, I explain how I overpowered the ambient light using a battery-powered soft box, and how you can do the same with any portable flash. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to …

Video: Indoor portrait using a picture frame reflection and video light

Get creative by photographing a subject and her reflection indoors ¬†– using whatever you have around you for the reflection. Windows provide a great opportunity for portraits on our theme of ‘reflections’, but what about… picture frames? Using just the glass on a piece of wall art and a video light, I created this indoor portrait of our model, Megan. Watch the video to see how I did it then try it for yourself. JOIN NOW to view this and …

Video: Outdoor portrait of Megan using a window reflection and softbox

  Shoot your subject’s reflection using studio light outdoors. Continuing our series on reflections, this portrait stars the reflected image as the focus of the shot. I’ve brought my soft box outdoors to light my model (therefore also lighting her reflection) and photographed over her shoulder so that her body frames the shot.¬†Watch the video to peek behind-the-scenes and see how we did it. Outdoors Soft Box Window Reflection JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques …

Video: Outdoors portrait of Megan lit through glass by a softbox indoors

A softbox brings flattering light and a striking reflection to this outdoors portrait. As part of our series on reflections, I wanted to show how light from indoors can be used to light a subject standing on the other side of the glass. Shooting along the surface of the glass from the right angle then captures the subject’s reflection. Watch the video to find out how to light your subject in a flattering way in this set-up, JOIN NOW to …

Video: Spring-themed garden portrait of three-year-old Amelie

Natural light, a few daffodils and a slightly reluctant toddler were all it took to get this spring-time portrait. I’m no fan of daffodils but I do admit they lend a spring-time feel to portraits. Of course, as garden flowers tend to be just a foot or two from the floor, you need to get low down in order to include them in the frame, as I did here. Talking of frames, JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of …

Video: Spring-themed April showers portrait of Nikki

Don’t let the weather spoil a weather-themed portrait when you can be resourceful instead. Of course, when you DON’T want it to rain, it almost certainly will, and when you DO want it to rain, the clouds withhold. Sometimes, when you have a specific image in mind, you have to be resourceful to make it happen. And sometimes, being resourceful leads to additional creative opportunities. Yes, we wanted (and planned for) rain for this portrait, JOIN NOW to view this …

Video: Backlit ‘rain’ on a spring-themed outdoor toddler portrait

  In the UK, the month of April is famed for its continuous showers. On the day of this shoot, however, the promised rain did not arrive… Instead, we improvised with a hose pipe, using a flash head behind the subject to light up the ‘raindrops’. Watch the video to see how we did it. https://player.vimeo.com/video/275296598 Toddler Staging Rain Umbrellas JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to the art, passion and business …

Video: Using location lighting through a window for a reflective portrait

Windows are always an effective foil for the photographer (reflections, semi-reflections, light-sources etc.) and in this video, we show how to create a strong reflection using light from INSIDE the building – in this case, a Lowell ID Video Light – with a model, Megan, outside the building. This technique can be used and adapted in many ways, including using the lights from inside a shop window to light and create reflections of your subject outside of the shop, JOIN …

Video: Capturing skate park rider silhouettes during sunset

Inspired by a portrait taken by my son, I headed down to the local skatepark to see if I could replicate his shot for MasteringPortraitPhotography.com Watch the video to see what’s involved in capturing fast-moving riders silhouetted against the setting sun, from timing to lighting and – of course – health and safety. Location Shooting Skating Silhouette Shutter Speed Depth Of Field Evening Light JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to the …

Video: Backlit snow portrait using location flash

One of my best ever images was the result of a best laid plan gone horribly wrong (thanks, weather forecast). Instead of a romantic Valentine’s portrait in the moonlight, we were faced with the coldest, slushiest, iciest rain/snow instead. But I still needed my Valentine’s shot, and I thought perhaps I could get something decent despite the challenges. Find out how we went from a disastrous shoot to a soggy but successful one, JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds …