Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
Using grids to accent and smooth out imperfections on a models face is something professional photographers have been doing for quite some time. With a little instruction and practice, the technique isn’t all that hard to do and the results can save you a fair amount of time when it comes time to edit.
A successful portrait shoot depends a lot on whether or not the subject is relaxed and up to the challenge of being the center of attention. As the photographer, it’s up to you to give direction and coach your clients to help both of you make better photographs. Unfortunately, many photographers have difficulty conveying instruction because they themselves are uncomfortable in front of the camera or, perhaps, they just need to brush up on their communication skills.
Photography has a way of helping people in all sorts of ways. For example, aerial photography comes to the rescue of those who find the idea of flying through the sky, thousands of feet above ground to be a rather terrifying idea . It gives grounded folks a different perspective of things, plus it looks really cool.
For those of you who can appreciate the quality of hand made goods, you’ll probably be interested in watching the video below which shows the great lengths Lee Filters puts into making each and everyone of their products. The process is very technical and not a single step of it is done by mass production procedures to assure that each filter meets the company’s stringent high standards:
Generally speaking, it’s easier to learn new things if we have something familiar that we can compare it to. We essentially use what we know as fact to create a bridge of sorts to the unknown, making the learning process naturally flow. This is exactly the approach Mike Browne decided to take when creating a video tutorial on lighting.
When shooting portraits it’s important to take into consideration the focal length of your lens. As Jay P. Morgan explains in the following video, depending on what focal length you’re shooting on, you could get some rather undesirable distortions of your subjects face. Some of these distortions can be remedied by moving further from your subject, but that it is not always possibility.
If you’re in the market for a new DSLR you’re probably overwhelmed with the wide selection of options currently available on the market. Once you commit to a particular camera, the process of learning how to operate it can also be overwhelming.
Great photographs are often ones that are able to tell a story, ones that portray emotion and action. More often than not, behind every great photograph lays a great story of how it came to be. Take for example, the many prominent photographs taken by Platon or any number of images taken from the well known actor, Dylan McDermott’s collection.
Even with all the advancements being made in digital technology, getting tack sharp images using your DSLR’s auto-focus feature isn’t always easy to do. A lot of things can trip up an auto-focus and even when you think your edges are crisp, upon closer inspection, it might turn out that they are still slightly off focus.
Using natural light is one of the basic means of lighting in the world of photography. Though using a reflector helps brighten faces, other than a camera and some sunlight, the method requires no additional equipment and is capable of producing well lit portraits.
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