An Introduction to Creative Portrait Techniques

Half the fun of shooting portraits is the veritable multitude of ways you can use photographic techniques and creative ideas to represent a person. This fun video will show you three such techniques that only require bare-minimum equipment and a subject.

Coming to you from Practical Photography, this video will show you three techniques for taking creative portraits: double exposures, using water drops on a window, and freelensing. While the first and last take a little trial and error before you're able to accurately predict how a shot will turn out, you can generally get a feel for each technique in just a few minutes of shooting, and the results are well worth the quick learning curve. An extra tip: if you're freelensing, try to use a wider portrait lens (notice how they use a 50mm lens) than you might normally; as you're playing with the lens, it can be a bit tough to keep your movements subtle enough to dial in the exact composition and blur you desire, and a shorter focal length will have a less severe change for each such movement, making it a bit easier to employ the technique. Give them all a try this weekend!

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Nic Hilton's picture

I just made a creative/ trendy photo tricks video as well! Would love to see what you think.
https://youtu.be/b8HAmMIBhB4

William Howell's picture

Cool, 2 videos in one post, sweet!

hector torres's picture

Hey Alex I don't mean to be an ass or anything, but lately it seems like you're just copying videos off from youtube and adding your own text and calling it a day. I miss the old days of Fstoppers when dani diamond or clay cook were writing, I miss the original content real tips from the real photographers on the working field not just "Copy & Paste" content. I don't mean to attack you personally that is not my intention, and im speaking in general about the active writers for this site. I am sure im not the only user that feels this way. I couldn't find another way to give this feedback but I consider this an important subject matter. as a community in this site I strongly believe in original content from the writer, other wise I would just subscribe directly to the creator of the video and skip this site all in general.

I hope this is heard and once again nothing personal, I say this with my best intentions on seeing this great community rise again to keep helping fellow photographers and artist on the industry.

thank you

Alex Cooke's picture

Hector,

Fstoppers is a combination of both original and reposted content. If you're interested in originals, we post several a day: https://fstoppers.com/#originals

William Howell's picture

Cool, 2 videos in one post, sweet.

William Howell's picture

The British Youtubers are some of the best and I look how they use drone photography and videography.
I have tried double exposure only once, but her tutorial makes me want to try again.

Excellent repost.