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How to Photograph Children

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Top Three Things to Do When Photographing Children

  • Spend a lot of time with your subject
  • Get down on their level
  • Use a wide open aperture for limited depth of field

Copyright 2011 Maria HendersonThe photograph on the right was taken by Maria Henderson, one of my students. This a wonderful example of the top three things you should do when photographing children. The depth of field is shallow with the eyes in sharp focus and her angle of view is nearly level with her subject. The composition enhances the immediacy of the shot and emphasizes the child’s enthusiasm. Click to continue »

Extreme Closeup Portraiture

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Aaron Ansarov uses a macro lens from three inches away to produce 1 to 1 closeup photographs of a person’s face. The resulting collage of photographs is an amazing view that we seldom see. Aaron’s website 1to1.me contains many examples of his work as well as a zoomable sample that uses over 300 images. The file size is 10.5′ x 15′ at 300DPI (37,800 pixels by 54,000 pixels). You have got to see Aaron’s work to believe it.

Portrait Photographer’s Relaxation Technique

Friday, July 15th, 2011
My Take: This post does a great job of explaining how to put a client at ease but you also have to take into consideration your equipment. Many photographers have switched to flash or fluorescent lights so that their client will not bake under traditional tungsten lights. Sweat usually isn’t attractive in a portrait. If you use fluorescents, make sure they are bright enough. You don’t want the lights to be too close to the subject. You also need the correct lens — a lens in the 85mm to 100mm range works well because you won’t have to be right on top of your client to get proper framing. Being too close makes a client feel claustrophobic and will invade their personal space.

Yet another beautiful young lady strides confidently through the plaza with her cotton summer dress dancing in all the right ways. Her auburn hair streams out behind in perfect step with the undulations of her dress and sparkles in the midday sun. As a photographer, you can’t help but marvel at her poise and sense of purpose.

She takes a long glance at herself in the shop window without ever missing a step. She strokes her long thin fingers through her hair and takes another look. We know what she’s thinking, and we think she’s beautiful too.

But this confident young lass has a secret. A deep dark secret. Click to continue »

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Portrait Photography Tips: How To Set The Mood And Get The Best Candid Shots

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
My Take: Here are some good basic tips for taking portraits.

Are you looking for portrait photography tips so that you can improve your picture taking skills?

At first thought, portrait photography would seem easy, yet the results are often disappointing.

Many of our pictures often include people, and whether you are photographing a model, taking a family photo, or capturing some candid shots while on vacation, you have probably discovered that great photography is a little more than just pointing a camera and pushing a button. Click to continue »