Portraits

5 Lighting Setups For Shooting in Direct Sunlight

5 Lighting Setups For Shooting in Direct Sunlight

Shooting in harsh sunlight is always a challenge. Recently I shot a test while out on a trip in Los Angeles. Due to scheduling we had to start shooting around 4 p.m., so we were dealing with hard sunlight. In this post we will look at five different setups you can use to shoot in and manipulate these less than ideal lighting conditions. In a previous post, I showed how to quickly scrim hard lighting. In this quick tutorial we will look five different ways to light while in the same environment and conditions in order to alter the look of our image.

Beating the Crop Factor

Beating the Crop Factor

When you are shooting for magazine publication (outside of the medium format realm), one thing you always have to consider is the aspect ratio of your images. Paper sizes, in most cases, do not match up to image size, so there are crop variables you have to constantly keep in mind -- especially for editorials where there will be titles, typography or article copy on the page as well.

Portrait Series 'Damages' Showcases Jarringly Realistic Trauma, Left Open to Viewer’s Interpretation

Portrait Series 'Damages' Showcases Jarringly Realistic Trauma, Left Open to Viewer’s Interpretation

Hong Kong native turned U.S.-based portrait, fashion, and fine art photographer Gabrielle Shamon splits her time between Portland, Ore. and Columbus, Ohio where she is an industrial design student. Her series "Damages," shot in the winter of 2014, featured provocative images depicting implicit violence or harm, made all the more uncomfortable in the dearth of explanation. Shamon was kind enough to sit down for coffee to talk about the experience shooting the project and the motivation behind it. Take a look.

Achieving Perfect Skin Tones and Color Using Capture One

Achieving Perfect Skin Tones and Color Using Capture One

You have probably heard it a few times: photographers raving about how Capture One is awesome for developing portraits from raw files. However, just like when I first installed it, you might not see any advantage over the current raw processor you are using. Then I found a few functionalities that made my workflow that much quicker and my images look a tad better before even retouching them in Photoshop.

Photographer Blake Little 'Preserves' Models in Honey [NSFW]

Photographer Blake Little 'Preserves' Models in Honey [NSFW]

For the "Preservation" project, widely acclaimed Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little covered a variety of models in 4,500 pounds of honey. You read that right. The idea for this shoot was originally inspired by a previous session where he depicted a man as a bear eating honey. He was startled by the way that the honey gave the appearance that the man was "preserved in amber" and by how it can "distort and amplify forms."

How Retouching Made Me A Better Photographer

How Retouching Made Me A Better Photographer

I rarely write in first person but because this is a topic I feel very strongly about, I want to tell you about my personal experience. When I was reminiscing with my wife about the one thing that changed my photography, it was the day I saw the light. Literally. The only way I was able to conceptually grasp light and the way it works was because I started retouching. There is no way to deny it, as I mastered retouching my photography was taken to the next level.

Start to Finish Fashion Editorial Retouching: Part 1

Start to Finish Fashion Editorial Retouching: Part 1

Post-Production and Retouching is just as much an integral part of creating a great image or series of images as pre-production and the actual shoot, especially when you are shooting for a client and not just for yourself. Each genre of imagery, advertising, beauty, fashion, etc. has a slightly different set of rules and parameters when it comes to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at the complete start to finish of a fashion editorial image. Last week I posted the complete gear list for this exact shoot. This week we will look at the first part of retouching, including cleaning up our white seamless and correcting distractions in our image.

How The Photo and Video Community is Helping My Family Overcome a Near Tragedy

How The Photo and Video Community is Helping My Family Overcome a Near Tragedy

Some of our Fstoppers readers may have noticed that for nearly a month, specifically after March 28, I dropped off the map in terms of posting new articles. Some have asked why, and in the interest of transparency, I have opted to write this article today explaining this near-tragedy and subsequent fallout from it, as well thanking the photo and video community for their continued generosity and support during this difficult time. On top of that, I have a special offer (in the form of your donation) for my video tutorials.

Retouching Eyebrows Like a Makeup Artist in Photoshop

Retouching Eyebrows Like a Makeup Artist in Photoshop

Any good makeup artist will tell you that great eyebrows will make any face look good. Think of eyebrows like frames for prints: when they are beautifully crafted, they will make your prints standout. Eyebrows will do the same for a model's face, whether it is a male of a female model. They can totally change the expression and the look of someone depending on how they are shaped. Sometimes, a makeup artist can only go so far and we are left with work in post-production. So it is important to have a little knowledge on what the eyebrows should look like to get the best out of a model's face.

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