Home photo studios: how to shoot pro-quality portraits with a basic studio kit

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 02/01/2014 00:01am
    Home photo studios: how to shoot creative portrait photography at a fraction of the cost

    You don’t need to spend thousands on lighting equipment to get professional looking portraits. In this tutorial we’ll show you ways to use a basic home studio kit to shoot really creative portrait photography worthy of any photographer’s portfolio!

    10 family portrait photography mistakes every photographer makes

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 27/11/2013 00:01am
    Family photo ideas: make a striking family portrait from individual faces in profile

    We are fast approaching the festive season which usually brings plenty of opportunity to take a few family portraits. In the latest instalment of her ongoing series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, explains some of the most common family portrait photography mistakes that photographers make and offers some advice about getting it right.

    Environmental portrait photography: how to shoot candid reportage-style portraits

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 13/11/2013 00:01am
    Environmental portrait photography: how to shoot candid reportage-style portraits

    Learn how to shoot environmental portrait photography, as we show you how to break out of the studio and take reportage-style portraits of people going about their everyday business.

    Fine art photography: how to shoot – and print – an elegant portrait at home

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 07/11/2013 00:01am
    Fine art photography: how to shoot - and print - an elegant portrait at home

    Learn how to create a stylish piece of home art. Our fine art photography tutorial shows you how to shoot, edit and produce a high-quality print of a stunning black and white portrait.

    Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 29/10/2013 12:11pm
    Photography lights made simple: classic one light portrait setups to try right now

    Photography lights come in all shapes and sizes, and can be set up in so many different ways. In our latest portrait photography cheat sheet we show you seven classic one light portrait setups, illustrating both the arrangement and the effects produced.

    10 classic posing mistakes every portrait photographer makes (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 14/10/2013 00:01am
    3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

    Continuing her series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make across all genres, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at some of the worst posing mistakes portrait photographers can make, and suggests how to avoid them.

    10 common portrait photography cliches and how to avoid them

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 28/09/2013 00:01am
    6 stellar self-portrait ideas: shoot your reflection

    Photography guide books used to list all sorts of rules for portrait photography, but many of them are now considered a bit too old school and unfashionable. In this post we take a look at some of the most popular portrait photography clichés and give some advice about how to avoid them.

    6 self-portrait ideas for every occasion (and how to take them)

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 23/09/2013 12:45pm
    6 self-portrait ideas for every occasion (and how to take them)

    From classic headshots to light-hearted Facebook snaps, we have 6 quick and easy self-portrait ideas to liven up your photography.

    Portrait photography tricks: how to play with perspective and blow people’s minds

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 20/09/2013 11:35am
    Portrait photography tricks: how to play with perspective and blow people's minds

    With this really cool portrait idea we’ll show you one of the oldest photography tricks in the book… how to play with perspective and make the viewer question what they see.

    Bokeh background ideas: shoot a rainy portrait for a backdrop with sparkling blur

    | Photography Tips, Portraits | 12/09/2013 11:23am
    Bokeh background ideas: shoot a rainy portrait for a backdrop with shimmering blur

    Bad weather doesn’t have to curb your photography. Using your creative side, there are plenty of fun photo projects you can pursue that embrace the challenging elements. In fact, rain can be a great time to shoot outdoor portrait photography, as the drops can produce a shimmering bokeh background.

    In this tutorial we show you exactly how to set up your camera and edit your rainy day portraits to maximise this bokeh background effect.

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