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

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) we… JOIN NOW to view …

Video: Easy natural light garden portrait of Nikki

Easy natural light garden portrait of Nikki Being flexible when things don’t go quite to plan often results in the best images of all. Ah, British weather. Here’s what happened when all our best-laid plans went out of the window. You can either complain about it or get on with it – we opted for the latter and ended up …

Video: Outdoor portrait of Alice using direct sunlight

Outdoor portrait of Alice using direct sunlight How to build texture and shape into your portraits using light and location. For this portrait, I needed to make a choice about whether or not the positives of the location outweighed its limitations. However, I loved the dappled sunlight, and wanted to use it like a spotlight on my subject, so co… JOIN …

Video: Striking teenager portrait compositions using urban street features

Striking teenager portrait compositions using urban street features You don’t need to go far to find great locations and beautiful light for your portraits. Join us behind-the-scenes as we take a walk around the streets near the studio to capture stunning portraits of two teenagers using just one camera, one lens and Paul’s favourite light source … JOIN NOW to …

Video: Seven daylight portraits in ten minutes

Seven daylight portraits in ten minutes Your location doesn’t have to be a limiting factor: with a little creativity, you can achieve a lot in a space most people would pass by without a second glance. In fact, you don’t even need to change or move much to achieve a varied set of portraits in one small area. In this short …

Telling Stories with Composition

Telling Stories with Composition Shooting families with young children? Accompanying everyone on a walk allows you to capture relaxed shots like this one, with everyone being themselves and interacting naturally. It also means you are likely to end up getting muddy… Rolling in the mud Twiggy, mud-splattered clothing is now an expected part of … JOIN NOW! LOGIN

Golden Spiral Curve In Portraits

Golden Spiral Curve In Portraits The Golden Spiral is a compositional tool that helps you create more high-impact portraits. Here’s how I used foreground foliage to create the spiral’s curves. The Golden Spiral is a compositional guideline that helps you place key elements of your scene within naturally powerful areas of the frame. In portraitu… JOIN NOW! LOGIN

Four Ways To Crop A Portrait

Four Ways To Crop A Portrait To crop, or not to crop? For all portraits other than full-length ones, you have to decide whereabouts on your subject’s body to place the edge of the frame. There are a few places where cropping is fine, and a few you should always avoid. The nice thing about working on location is that, …