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 …

A Crouch To Suit The Composition

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. Matching the pose to the subject and his outfit Steve turned up wearing jeans and a jacket, so I … You are …

Farmhouse Rule-Of-Thirds Portrait

Rule-Of-Thirds Rules For Farmhouse Portrait Sometimes the best portraits start unplanned – in this case, during a shoot break. I saw a patch of light, adjusted the scene to improve the composition and used the Rule of Thirds for a visually pleasing result. My client for this shoot commissioned me to create some portraits of their two grownup ch… You …

Topshade and Framing in a Doorway

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. Finding topshade Finn is such a charming little chap – he did everything I asked of him and he had …

Foundations: Workflow Essentials -Keeping Things Organised

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 car… You are unauthorized …

Foundations: Eye Contact

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, …