Video: Headshots with whatever you’ve got (studio flash / speedlights / windowlight)

Want to create corporate headshots but not sure how? Scared of studio or location lighting? Wondering how to work with windowlight? This video shows how you can create striking, flattering and professional-looking headshots no matter what your lighting set-up is. First, Paul talks about the importance of eye contact in corporate headshots. 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: Fun, beautiful and characterful portraits of sibling groups

We’ve created this video in response to a question on one of our forum threads: how do you capture life, laughter and interesting images when working with children? The MPP team sent me on a shoot with 10-year-old George and his 6-year-old twin brothers, Alfie and Freddie, with a brief to capture six very different images: one of each of …

Critique #003 – Dragging The Shutter and The Eyes Have It

Welcome to Image Critique #003! More of your work under the magnifier. Three images from three different photographers. In this episode we have a long exposure (a dragged shutter), beautiful lighting and perfect eye contact. Enjoy! If you’re one of our members and would like your images critiqued, please use the ‘image critique’ menu option above to submit a file …

Critique #004 – Best Friends, Black Dogs And Belle

Welcome to Image Critique #004!  More of your work under the magnifier. In this episode, we have three images from three photographers and we’re going to be discussing thumbs, cropping and cloning. 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 BackgroundsCatchlightsCloningCroppingDepth Of …

Foundations: Using Studio Flash

Natural light is variable and impossible to control, whereas artificial light provides a consistent and adjustable light source. You don’t have to wait for the right time of day, or for the weather to clear, if you have studio flash or flash guns. Learning to use studio lighting is also great training for on location shooting – visualise where you …

Critique #005 – Highlighting highlights and watching for blacks.

Four more of your images under the loupe, OK, well in Lightroom anyway.  Today we’re going to be talking about overexposure (and a possible route to getting away with it), heptagonal diaphragms, black backgrounds – and not so black backgrounds – and bits that seem to creep into the edge of the frame. JOIN NOW to view this and hundreds …