Image Critique 013

Image Critique 013 Another four images to enjoy, another four authors who have submitted their work. We create these critiques to try and help portrait photographers with different viewpoints and ideas. Some you’ll agree with, some you won’t (of course) but watch it through and let us know what you think! If you would like your images critiqu… JOIN NOW …

Lights, Fans and a Seriously Fit Spin Class Instructor

Lights, fans and a seriously fit spin class instructor The creative part of a portrait photographer’s job is to look beyond the obvious shot and create something that makes people look twice because it is so striking. In this shot, some creative lighting makes all the difference. Oh, and a whole load of fanning. This was a commercial shoot for …

Placing The MD In The Middle

Placing The MD In The Middle Positioning your subject in the middle of the frame can appear unimaginative. Here, I’ve made sure it’s a bold choice, by using elements of the environment to create a composition that’s both graphic and visually striking. Maurizio Brusadelli was the UK MD for Cadbury when I first met him. I was working with the …

Rembrandt Portrait Lighting

Rembrandt Portrait Lighting There are locations for portraits everywhere – even in an alleyway. This is how I created a dramatic shot in a local alley by overpowering the ambient light. If you think there are no good locations for portraits near you, think again. Even an alleyway can be the backdrop for an effective image, just like this portra… …

Environmental Chef Portrait

Environmental Chef Portrait Sometimes you’ve got loads of light sources, stuff everywhere and very little time: this is the world of environmental portraits, & here’s my approach to them. Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (known locally as just ‘Le Manoir’) is a hotel and restaurant in Oxford that’s owned by French chef Raymond Blanc. It’s… JOIN NOW! LOGIN

Horror-Inspired Fashion Portrait

Horror-Inspired Fashion Portrait Stylised portraits can be the most fun to create, especially if you enjoy overcoming technical challenges. For this shot, I needed to make a bright sky look like night-time, and match the model’s pose to the mood of the set-up. Horror Inspired! This is one of the trickiest images from our book, Mastering Portra… JOIN NOW! LOGIN

Video: Backlit snow portrait using location flash

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 … JOIN NOW to …