With 2012 winding down to a close, we’ve been reflecting on the past year. To this end we’ve been taking a look section-by-section at some of the things we did right and some of the things we could have done better. For all the new readers out there, you may have missed some of our hits and misses of the past year. So to bring you up to speed we’ve rounded up 17 of our most popular portrait photography tutorials of 2012. You’ll find they cover a diverse range of topics, with lots of specialist advice.
As for those misses… well, you’ll just have to find those on your own! Furthermore, if there’s any subject you’d like to see us cover in 2013, let us know in the comments. Or drop us a line!
Our most popular portrait photography tutorials of 2012: 1-10
Portrait photography tips can run the gamut from simple tweaks to your camera settings to the seemingly impossible task of getting children to stay still. Although many photographers upgrade to a decent SLR to give them more control when they take family portraits or pictures of friends, getting great shots of people is always a challenge. The difference between amateur and professional portraits can be vast. So we’ve compiled this list of 14 of the most important portrait photography tips for any photographer to know.
Portrait photographer Kelly Weech reveals her trade secrets with 17 posing tips for photographing curvy models. She explains how to direct a subject to inspire confidence and get the best out of their body shape, whatever it may be.
Many people believe taking pictures of older people is a difficult task; however, taking a flattering portrait of a mature subject just requires a few simple techniques to ensure you show them at their best. We reveal our top posing tips for how to take beautiful images of mature subjects and the tricks of the trades to ensure both the subject and photographer are happy with the results.
The formal and informal group photo is always very popular at any social event including birthday parties, weddings or even on a night out with friends. However, the same mistakes seem to crop up, and often someone is looking away or blinking, only some people are smiling or everyone won’t fit in the frame. Discover our best posing tips for group photos so you can start to improve your techniques and to get a shot that everyone will love.
The professional photographer is often associated with a glamorous lifestyle and lots of money. However, sadly this stereotype is not the reality. Professional photographer Kelly Weech debunks 33 of the most common myths of the professional photographer and reveals what life is really like for those who get paid to take pictures.
Sometimes we can get too bogged down in the technicalities of lighting or exposure that if we don’t get it right the first time, we lose the ambition to shoot. We may find ourselves paralysed in our home photo studio.
Often, though, a simple, new pose you’ve never tried before can give you the burst of inspiration you’ve been needing. A creative pose and a willing subject can get you shooting again.
To this end, in our infographic we’ve suggested some portrait ideas for having your subject try a range of creative postures, such as posing on the floor.
The best couple poses capture the essence, interaction and emotions between two people in love. It is a great feeling to see sparks fly and even better to catch this chemistry on camera. To make sure you bring out the best when posing couples, wedding and portrait photographer Kelly Weech reveals her top posing tips to make your subjects shine in front of the camera.
Whether you’re in a professional studio or shooting a model in your home photo studio, often the simplest portrait lighting set-ups yield the most classic and dramatic effects.
By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot. Our portrait lighting cheat sheet offers a visual guide taking you through several simple portrait lighting set-ups, and showing the different effects they create.
Like all subjects sitting for portraits, pregnant woman want to look gorgeous in their maternity photos. In her latest post, portrait photographer Kelly Weech reveals her top maternity photo ideas, posing tips, lighting techniques and other tricks of the trade to ensure all photographers can live up to their subjects’ expectations.
The beauty of a home photo studio setup, especially for portraits, is that it gives you the ability to control your light source – you can decide which studio accessories you use, and where you place them.
In this tutorial we’ll show you some of the best camera settings, lighting arrangements and accessories you need to get perfect portraits at home.
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