Some of most successful stock photographers shoot exclusively with models. Photos with people tend to sell well, so if you haven't ventured into portraiture yet, maybe it's time you give it a try. But how and where can you find the models? Here's a few tips you can try. 1. Do it yourselfA lot of photographers found their first model from the bathroom mirror. While posing for yourself can be a little tricky and requires usually some trial-and-error, it can be made easier with some accessories... continue reading
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The days of the 3/4 studio portrait using a solid color background and classic 45 degree lights with hair accents have long since passed – thankfully. Today’s portraits are active, inventive, and most importantly personal.So whether you are doing a favor by taking the engagement pictures for your second cousin twice removed – or are looking to expand your business into portrait photography – here are some hints for capturing the personality of your subject in pictures.Know you subjectIn may... continue reading
Raise your hands if you dread about posing your Models to get great, natural-looking portraits. Not long ago, I would be the first to shoot my hand in air and run away to capture flowers and landscapes instead. As an Introvert, I developed a set of specific methods to overcome my shortcomings in working with Models and make the photo shoots enjoyable and productive. Five years ago, I arranged my first TFP (Time For Print - exchange digital photos for model's time) photo shoot with a... continue reading
National Puppy Day is celebrated on March 23. Though it was started in the US to bring awareness to dog and cat adoption, I want to celebrate by sharing some puppy images. Since we live on a ranch, we bought a couple Rat Terrier puppies as they are known to keep the mice and rat population under control and they are a good family pet!Toto and Charlie were from the same litter. They were very active and I used a fast lens to capture them playing outside.Two of Charlie's images... continue reading
Smoke bombs are a current trend in wedding photography that I have been excited to try. They can be used to add color, drama, mystery, softness and romance to wedding portraits. Here are a few suggestions for using smoke bombs in your wedding photography based on my experiences. First, discuss your plan in advance with the bride and groom. Use of Smoke bombs are a bit unconventional and you always want to keep the wedding couple happy and comfortable during their photography session on the big day.... continue reading
I love this genre of photography for its surprise rapidity.On the streets is always something happening no matter how small the town is. I often break the first rule of street photography by always and everywhere carrying the camera with me and often regret it.I try to visit the maximum number of city events instead .I love to take pictures of the city holidays and festivals.This year has been rich in events in my city.Ryazan half marathon was held for the first time.The fourth Bicycle parade was... continue reading
"Street portraits" was the topic for Dreamstimes assignment in January 2018, inviting creative photos of everyday people that one may encounter on any one of the worlds many streets. Assignments are fun and rewarding, and for me as an interested amateur it serves to test and challenge my conceptions of quality and originality. I have previously had experiences of joy when having a picture admitted to an assignment contest, but also of disappointment when a photo did not make the cut. This... continue reading
Portraits can be very diverse, from traditional mugshots to low key black-and-whites, moody blurs, dramatic multi speedlights scenes, you name it. Camera settings can be varied too, so let’s take a closer look at a traditional portrait, one that could serve as your social media image or could be found in a graduates book and see which settings work best.Basic settings:First, we will focus on model’s eyes. We’ll always want some softness to emphasize the eyes even more, so let’s set Aperture... continue reading
Pets aren’t just wonderful companions, they’re also irresistible photography subjects. And while cats may be winning the internet with memes and aaaaaw! videos, dogs are clearly a serious runner up for popularity.That’s why this article is dedicated to taking and enjoying beautiful portraits of our canine sidekicks. Here are a few tricks already tested, along with some techniques observed in the works of professional animal photographers.1.Natural light is a mustThat’s right - always aim to... continue reading
Portraits, as we all know, come in a variety of forms, there are posed, formal, individual, environmental, etc.I need not dwell on the endless types here or their characteristics.Each one certainly has its merits and benefits depending on the goal of the photographer. Each also has its limitations.To me, there is something quite unique about candid portraits.Images of people going about their everyday lives tell us who people really are, their emotional state, their interest and passions,... continue reading
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