Posts Tagged "portrait"

A perfect portrait location?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Techniques, Travel | 0 comments

A perfect portrait location?

“Location, Location, Location”, we hear this phrase used continually when it comes to Real Estate. Quite often photographers get caught up with the same phrase and spend all their time looking for the perfect location. Unfortunately those people are most likely doing themselves a great disservice and will almost certainly be missing out on wonderful opportunities right in front of them. Obviously in landscape photography, location dictates a lot of what you are going to capture. So you will need to work within those confines in your efforts to make wonderful landscape photo’s (refer my previous blog post – Working a Scene – about ways to do...

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5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Equipment Guides, Techniques | 4 comments

5 Things to learn from a 50mm lens

“What lens should I buy?” is one of the most common questions I get from students and friends. Recommending equipment to people can be hard, quite often they might be searching for equipment “fixes” to problems when working on their skills or artistic vision might pay better dividend. One piece of equipment I never have any reluctance to recommend is a 50mm lens, obtaining one of these lenses can often be a great way to clear some artistic roadblocks or to help develop general photography skills. You can obtain 50mm lenses from most camera manufactures, Canon and Nikon spring to mind. Third party lens manufactures like Sigma also produce versions...

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Revisiting a Portrait

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Favourite Image, Lightroom, Software, Techniques | 3 comments

Revisiting a Portrait

As we spend more and more time with our photography we learn to take better photos, the tools available for processing our images become better and we learn to use these tool better.  This is an example of how I have used the tools available today to revisit an image I took and processed in 2006. This is a photo I took of my Grandad on his 86th birthday, so it has a lot of sentimental value.  Whilst I processed the image at the time, I had to do a lot of work on the background and I feel it is quite obvious that I have done so and was never truly happy with it.  Now looking at the original image it also looks a bit foggy, so that is something I wanted to fix also. As...

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$10 to improve your portrait photos

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Equipment Guides | 0 comments

$10 to improve your portrait photos

One of the lowest cost accessories I own and the one that gets used the most is my 5 in 1 reflector. This small easily portable device is with me on nearly every portrait shoot and very often with me when doing macro photography. For the very minimal layout (in photography terms) of $10, this handy light modifier has repaid me one hundred fold in the amount of times I have used it to get great shots.  The 5 in 1 reflector is a deceptively simple accessory, it comes in all shapes and sizes most of which fold down into a very small pouch that is easily portable. What you tend to find inside the pouch is a semi-rigid translucent panel, and a number of covers that can be...

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See the Light

Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

See the Light

The beauty of a mantra is that it reminds you of key actions or important items by using a simple phrase. I have spoken previously about my mantra for taking photos – BE CALM for better photos. This breaks down to a number of simple areas you should consider prior to taking a photo. Breathe (basically take the time to think before pushing the shutter) & Examine, Composition, Angle, Light and Mood. In previous posts I have discussed Composition and Angle, today I would like to talk about Light. The simple phrase of Light can actually lead to some very complex areas of photography, especially if you start bringing flash into the equation. In this post, I will...

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