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8 Ways to Create Portraits with Only 1 Flash

In Portrait by Bryan Striegler3 Comments

I love looking at other people’s photos, and one of my favorite things to do is see the lighting diagram. It’s amazing how complicated some of these setups are. There might be two lights on the background, two on the front of the subject, and another for a hair light. Then, there might be all …

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Can a Camera Flash Hurt Your Eyes?

In Portrait by Frank Gallagher12 Comments

  Have you ever wondered whether the flash from a speedlight or a studio strobe could damage someone’s eyes?  After all, they can be mighty bright!  On the other hand, photographers have been using flash for decades.  You’d think that if there was a problem, it would be pretty widely known by now.  Models and …

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75 Popular Hashtags for Portrait Photography

In Portrait by Deb Mitzel6 Comments

If you’ve been around a while, you might be old enough to remember that the # sign used to be referred to as the “pound” sign.  Well, those days are gone, and the # symbol is now most commonly referred to as a hashtag.  So, what is a hashtag and why should you care?  In …

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Clamshell Lighting: What it is and How to Do it

In Portrait, Uncategorized by Alex Lawson1 Comment

Nothing catapults the quality of portrait photography quite like off-camera flash – and few lighting setups impress quite like clamshell lighting. If you want your headshot and portrait photography to jump to the next level with minimal gear, minimal cost, and minimal complexity then clamshell lighting might be just the thing you’ve been looking for. …

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The Rembrandt Triangle In Photography: Beginner’s Guide

In Portrait by Pete LaGregor3 Comments

As you start to learn more about flash techniques and lighting setups, you are guaranteed to hear or read about Rembrandt Lighting or the Rembrandt Triangle. This is one of the most common lighting setups along with short and long lighting, split lighting, butterfly lighting, loop lighting, or clam shell lighting. If you are just …

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7 Awesome and Spooky Halloween Portrait Ideas

In Portrait by Brad Goestsch2 Comments

Put all those ideas for sweet, enchanting portraits away for a minute. Pull your fears out from the deepest recesses of your mind. We’re going to carefully peak into the world of spooky Halloween portrait ideas! Put on your bravest face, here we go. When I decided to write this article, I had to really …

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How to Take a Quality Headshot of Yourself Without Pro Gear

In Portrait by Alex Lawson1 Comment

If you’re looking to up your selfie game and create a professional quality headshot of yourself this article is for you. Professional photographers, such as myself, use all kinds of expensive cameras and lighting equipment to create stunning headshots for their clients. But if you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a new profile …

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25 Ideas for Unique and Different Senior Portraits

In Portrait by Deb Mitzel7 Comments

So, you’re having a pre-session consultation with a high school senior client, and you ask if they have any locations or ideas in mind for their senior session.  They say, “I don’t know, but I want something “different”.  And you’re thinking, ok…different how, different than what? I follow a lot of senior groups and boards …

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10 Family Portrait Posing Tips For Photographers

In Portrait by Pete LaGregor14 Comments

If you came here looking for ten specific poses for families, you’re probably going to be disappointed. But if you came here for some strategies and techniques for posing to get the best images from your family portrait sessions, then keep reading. Sure, some of these tips go a little beyond just actual posing, but …

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How I Produced a Major Kickstarter Campaign

In Marketing/Business, Portrait by Erica Kay1 Comment

Many of you know me as Erica, Portrait Session podcast host and wedding photographer. But here lately, I’ve been venturing into new, uncharted territory (uncharted for me, at least). This territory is the world of large-scale production management and direction. As my studio transitions away from the retail portrait sphere and toward marketing productions and …