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Creative Portrait Photography

How to transform mundane to surreal

At first glance Body Repairs is striking for the ominous questions it raises as to the subject’s state and the implied narrative. The model hangs from a chain in seeming discomfort, neither absolutely alive or […]

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Context and motion in your photos

The subject’s relation to its surroundings changes depending on the use of motion, stillness, and props, and becomes the foundation upon which the artist makes a statement with her or his final work. Different choices […]

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Creating a painterly portrait

What separates a portrait (even a ‘creative portrait’) from a typical fashion image is the notion of a human element. Fashion images are pictures of clothing that happen to contain people, while portraits are pictures […]

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Post-processing for punchy colour in portraits

Your use of colour in your portraits has an integral relationship with your individual approach to post-production: two different photographers can end up with dramatically different results—even with portraits taken in at the same time […]

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The portrait photographer's lighting guide

As far as equipment goes, it should be remembered that a photographer doesn’t need a top-end DSLR to create stunning portraits. A better camera might allow you to take pictures in lower light, at a […]

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Capitalising on the unexpected at a photoshoot

Sometimes, your test shoot works out better than the one you actually planned for. This is what happened when Miss Aniela tried out the concept for Riding the Rug. The idea was to shoot a […]

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