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Portrait Photography Blueprints

My top 10 blueprints for creating the perfect portrait every time.

Shooting Group Shots With A 50mm Lens

Group shots can be tricky. In this post I’m going to show you how you can take pro quality group shots with a 50mm lens. I used these techniques to shoot thousands of family portrait images for my clients with a 50mm lens. A 50mm f/1.8 lens is one of the first “fast” lenses that ...
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Should I Use A Tripod For Portraits?

A tripod is one of those photography accessories that you never think about you need it. But when you are in a situation where you need it, having one handy is absolutely essential. It’s a common misconception that tripods aren’t necessary for portrait photography or that you only need one for taking scenic shots without ...
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Using Off Camera Flash For Portraits (A Beginner’s Guide)

Do you look at professional portraits done with flash and wonder how they get that look? Just about every portrait photographer starts out taking natural light portraits because all you need is a camera and a subject. But adding flash into your skill set can have a number of positive effects on your photography. With ...
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The Best Time of Day To Take Pictures Outside (Outdoor Portrait Guide)

Photography is all about creating with light, and light is probably the most important aspect in producing amazing portraits. Here we will discuss when and why golden hour is the ideal time to shoot for stunning portrait and wedding photography. The best time to take pictures outside is 1-2 hours after sunrise or 1-2 hours ...
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Outdoor Portrait Photography Tips

I love shooting outdoors. There is almost an infinite number of possibilities and space to do just about anything you can dream up. But there are some things about shooting outdoor portrait photography that can be challenging. Outdoors you don’t have complete control over the lighting and in the middle of the day, the light ...
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Using A Polarizing Filter For Portraits

If you know a little about polarizing filters, then you probably think about them in terms of shooting landscapes. But using a polarizing filter for portraits can be a very effective way of improving your images of people as well. I use these filters for all of my photography. After trying a lot of the ...
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How To Take Pictures In The Dark Without Flash

Learning how to take pictures in the dark without a flash can seem like magic to non-photographers. It usually takes a combination of skill and the right equipment to accomplish, but when done well, the results can be pretty incredible. Let’s get one thing out of the way right up front. If it truly is ...
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How To Get Sharp Eyes In A Portrait

The eyes are often the key aspect of any portrait. If you get the eyes in focus then the photo will appear to be on focus. That is because we are used to focusing on a person’s eyes when we look at them. But if you are just a little off and end up with ...
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How To Get Large Groups In Focus

It can be difficult enough sometimes to ensure that you have one person in focus, but with a large group it becomes even more difficult. Keep these 5 tips in mind when shooting large groups and you’ll give yourself the best chance to walk away with some keepers. 1. Use A Smaller Aperture Try using ...
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11 Beach Portrait Photography Tips

The beach is a great place for all kinds of photography. Especially portrait photography. But there are certain challenges that come along with beach photography. Harsh sun, an unpredictable ocean, crowds, and blowing sand can all make things difficult. But the results are often worth it, so here are 12 Beach Portrait Photography Tips to ...
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