The Shy Photographer’s Guide to Portrait Directing

I am going to share with you some of my duds that preceded my final shots from my personal collection. They will demonstrate to you that A) getting “the one” is a process with a lot of false starts and B) even experienced photographers have to experiment…Read the rest on 500px ISO.

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7 Creative Portrait Challenges to Get You Out of a Creative Rut

Inspiration is fickle but skill blesses those who practice. Here are 7 creative exercises for portrait photographers who need to shoot but are lacking motivation or new ideas. Finishing just 1 of these ideas will help rekindle the flame of a lost muse, which is something every artist goes through. The best part is that you don’t have to have elaborate sets or exotic locations to do any of these 7 portrait challenges…Read the rest on 500px ISO.

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How To Mix Natural And Flash Lighting Using Shutter Speeds

Halloween300x600After setting up my scene in a small room (still life photographs are a great activity during the cold months when shooting outside is undesirable), I put 1 Nikon SB-700 on a stand and behind a scrim to mimic window light. I used the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens on a D810. Opposite my main light I had a silver reflector on a Justin ClampRead the rest on 500 ISO.

A Day In The Life Of Freelance Portrait Photographer Alexandria Huff

How many can say their day job matches their passion in life? You can count San Francisco-based freelance photographer Alexandria Huff—or Alex—as one of these lucky people. By day, she works at a cool e-commerce camera gear startup,BorrowLenses.com. Outside office hours, she’s also a freelance portrait photographer, lighting workshop educator, and a 500px ISO writer…Read the rest on 500 ISO.

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Halloween Still Life 17th Century Style Vanitas

In celebration of the fall season, I have created a still life in the tradition of a Dutch Vanitas. Vanitas, or “vanity”, paintings incorporate macabre motifs to symbolize the transient nature of life. Some of the symbols are obvious, such as skulls, watches, and hourglasses. Other symbols, all representing the shortness of life in some way, include rotting fruit, flowers in various states of robustness and decay, seashells, sea food, bubbles, smoke, books, instruments, small game, butterflies, and wine…Read the rest on 500px.

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Game of Thrones Portraits Season 3

The Game of Thrones character posters for Season 3 are simple yet powerful. As fans of the show, my friends and I wanted to recreate the images using ourselves as models. The results were a success and everyone had a lot of fun sitting for these portraits. If you haven’t seen the original posters check them out. Here’s how we created our spin-off…Read the rest on 500px.

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