Video: Beautiful dog portraits with natural and studio light

In response to multiple requests from MasteringPortraitPhotography.com subscribers, we’ve created a video showing you how Paul captures his famous dog portraits. Paul’s expertise in canine photography stems from his ten years’ experience as lead photographer for the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, videos, critiques and discussions dedicated to the art, passion and …

Studio-Style Rim Light With Two Windows

You don’t need flash to create a studio-style portrait like this one; you only need a little lighting know-how… One of the highlights of our year is spending a few weeks on a luxury cruise ship… working, of course. We’re taken onboard as the lead photographers, with a remit of capturing beautiful images of their clientele in the stunning surroundings …

Video: Indoor portrait of Megan with a tabletop reflection

As part of our series on using reflections in portraits, learn how to include a tabletop reflection of your subject to add visual interest. This technique works on glass tables, shiny bars and even wet tables, so there’s no excuse for not trying it out – the results are always worth it. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of …

Video: Indoor portrait of Megan using window light

Capturing a subject and her reflection for a gentle, indoors, window-lit portrait. What can you shoot when stuck indoors on a grey day? We had been planning for sunlight but when it didn’t show up, we took the opportunity to capture this window-lit portrait as part of our reflections series instead. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of articles, …

Video: A simple spring-themed portrait of Nikki in the studio garden

Bring context to your outdoor portraits by including foreground and background details. Sometimes you want your portraits to convey a sense of time and place. I was photographing our model, Nikki, in our beautiful studio gardens just as the spring colours (and daffodils – bleurgh) were starting to emerge among the flora. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds of …

Video: Fine-tuning your subject’s position in a tunnel of topshade

Topshade occurs when your subject is shielded from the sun overhead, by trees, building overhangs and archways or tunnels. Tunnels of topshade provide a special lighting opportunity, and are worth looking out for. As Paul shows in this video, changing the position of your subject within that tunnel enables you to fine-tune the balance of light on your subject’s face …

Video: Creating a sense of motion

Most of the time, portrait photographers work with a stationary subject and camera. The best action shot of this young skateboarder, however, involved moving both subject and camera at the same time.  When your subject is moving, you typically increase your shutter speed to freeze their movements. But what if you want to capture that sense of motion, JOIN NOW …