33 myths of the professional photographer

33 myths of the professional photographer

The professional photographer is often associated with a glamorous lifestyle and lots of money. However, sadly this stereotype is not the reality.

Professional female portrait 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.

3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

3 stupidly simple lighting techniques that will transform your family portraits

Portrait lighting is an area that even the most confident photographers struggle with, but using it to get professional-looking family portraits is much simpler than it may first appear. Like most areas of photography, it’s simply a case of taking it one step at a time.

In the following tutorial we will break the different areas of portrait lighting down and examine how each light affects the final result, as well as where to position them in your home photo studio. We start by shooting with a single light, before moving on to a fill light that softens the shadows, and then introduce a light to illuminate the background.

Family and Friendship category winners: Photographer of the Year 2011

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Outstanding photos of friends and family, these shots are the winners in the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2011 competition’s Family and Friendship category.

Family Portraits: Create a modern look

Give your portraits a modern makeover using Photoshop In recent years, a distinct style of commercial family portrait has increased in popularity – shot against a pure white backdrop and processed in striking high-contrast mono. Here, we’ll demonstrate that there’s no need to pay through the nose for commercial photography. With Photoshop Elements, you can… Continue reading

Improve your family portrait skills

contemporary family portraits: tips and techniques

Everything you need to know for contemporary family portraits
There’s lots to consider when taking your family pictures, from the technology you’re using to how the people involved react. By using some simple tricks in composition and preparation, and by keeping the children entertained, you can be sure that you’ve got all you need to take some really good family photos.

Take better photographs of children

The best time for candids and portraits is towards the end of the shoot, as the children’s mood becomes calmer and more thoughtful.