A Crouch To Suit The Composition

I invited Steve into the studio so I could create some portraits for our book, Mastering Portrait Photography. I was specifically looking to capture portraits that illustrated different angles for photographing guys. Steve turned up wearing jeans and a jacket, … To get access, you need to first be a registered member and then head over to the Shop to …

Topshade and Framing in a Doorway

The door in the background of this portrait provides a sense of scale, while the boy’s pose calls to mind a much older age group, creating a humorous contrast. Here’s how it came together. Finn is such a charming little chap – he did everything I asked of him and he had a really cool ‘swagger’ about him. … To …

Foundations: Workflow Essentials -Keeping Things Organised

It’s easy to quickly accrue hundreds and then thousands of images. A good workflow will help you organise, store and retrieve them so you never find yourself pulling your hair out trying to track down a specific shot. 1. Backup your images First, transfer your images from the camera’s memory cards onto your laptop or computer. … To get access, …

Foundations: Eye Contact

Having the subject look straight down the lens gives a feeling of direct eye contact when the image is later viewed. Just as in real life, eye contact is more arresting than a lack of eye contact – it captures your attention and is a form of communication in itself. However, it also demands more of the viewer, … To …

Foundations: Lead-In Lines

Lead-in lines are strong compositional elements that guide the viewer’s eye around the image, and draw the viewer’s focus towards the subject. For example, in a shot of a subject walking along a winding path, inclusion of the path in the foreground will create a lead-in line. Equally, two rows of converging trees either side of your subject create converging …