Knowing how to communicate with models and set up your lighting are crucial to shooting portraits, but what are some more practical tips for creating a striking body of work? This video lists 10 great ideas to get you inspired.
Irene Rudnyk is well known for her bokeh-laden portraits, often shooting with natural light to create beautiful fairy tale-esque images. While understanding posing and light are critical, she's put together a video that collates 10 ways for any photographer to shoot better portraits.
Rudnyk’s list includes two pieces of gear that stand out to me, the first of which I’ve been pondering but for various reasons, I’ve never gotten around to purchasing: a drawing tablet. Build quality, size, pressure sensitivity, and the overall feel will have a large bearing on the price, but remember that many of the more expensive models are built with graphic designers in mind rather than photographers. You might not need the same degree of sensitivity and programmable buttons, and the $79.95 you’d spend on the Wacom Intuos Pro Creative used by Rudnyk seems a solid choice for your first foray into the world of drawing tablets.
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