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Are Smartphone Portrait Modes for Photographers?

Are Smartphone Portrait Modes for Photographers?

I’ve been a stalwart defender of “real” cameras when it comes to shooting portraits. But a slew of phone cameras over the last few years have included portrait modes, and so has the time come to change perspectives?

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I Let My Clients Pay What They Wanted and the Results Amazed Me

I Let My Clients Pay What They Wanted and the Results Amazed Me

My business is about 90 percent dealing with individuals, and about 10 percent working with brands. I just moved into a new live/work studio and, to help break it in, I decided to hold a “Pay What You Can” sale and the results made me change my entire business model.

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Glare Be Gone From Eyeglasses Using This Different Photoshop Technique

Glare Be Gone From Eyeglasses Using This Different Photoshop Technique

If eyes are the windows to the soul, eyeglasses can be the dust on the on the screen, with their reflective surfaces obscuring arguably the most important part of a portrait — the eyes.

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‘Fashion for Life’: Fstoppers Interviews the Photographer Behind Powerful Images of Children in Bulletproof Vests

'Fashion for Life': Fstoppers Interviews the Photographer Behind Powerful Images of Children in Bulletproof Vests

School shootings in the United States were the worst they’ve ever been in 2018, and the number of incidents and deaths show no signs of slowing down. Photographer Richard Johnson created this striking series that captures the new reality children must deal with.

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We Speak to the Photographer Documenting Love Stories of Couples and Families Impacted by the Global Refugee Crisis

We Speak to the Photographer Documenting Love Stories of Couples and Families Impacted by the Global Refugee Crisis

One photographer recently travelled to both Turkey and Mexico to document the global refugee crisis in pictures, a series that went on to earn him a win at the World Press Photo Awards. We spoke with the man himself to uncover more details about the inspiring love stories of couples and families who have been forced to flee their native countries in search of a better life.

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Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money?

Are the Quasar Science Q-LED Lights the Best Video Lights for Your Money?

Wether you are a photographer or videographer, more and more content creators are adding constant lights as their go-to lighting setups. Quasar Science recently released their 30-watt T8 bulbs with raving reviews, and today, I explore six useful lighting setups you can build with four lights under $80 each.

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The Best Autofocus Settings for Portraits Shoots With Sony Cameras

The Best Autofocus Settings for Portraits Shoots With Sony Cameras

Sony cameras have some incredibly powerful and advanced autofocus systems with intricate settings and numerous customization options. At times, however, all those capabilities can almost be a bit overwhelming. This helpful video will show you the ideal autofocus settings for portrait shoots.

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Behind the Image: Prepare for the Unexpected

Behind the Image: Prepare for the Unexpected

In my last “Behind the Image” article I talked about looking where other photographers aren’t. This week I’d like to talk about the importance of being ready for just about anything — particularly when it comes to wildlife photography, as well as how images can impact our behaviors.

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World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik

World Famous Retoucher Takes on Photography: Fstoppers Interview Pratik Naik

Everyone in the industry must know who Pratik Naik is by now. And if you don’t, then you should. In ten years Pratik has become one of the most famous retouchers on the planet.

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First Glimpse at High Resolution Raw Files From the 61MP Sony a7R IV

First Glimpse at High Resolution Raw Files From the 61MP Sony a7R IV

There have been numerous first glimpses of images taken with the new 61MP Sony a7R IV, but photographer and YouTuber Jared Polin is now sharing full-res RAW files. He has also made the images available for download, so you can have a go at editing for yourself.

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Shooting Portraits With a 200mm f/2 lens and High-Speed Sync

Shooting Portraits With a 200mm f/2 lens and High-Speed Sync

FUJIFILM just sent over their $6,000 200mm f/2 lens. I was planning to shoot a sporting event with it, but I decided to do something a little different.

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How to Know Your Makeup Artist Is the One

How to Know Your Makeup Artist Is the One

If you work as a portrait photographer of any kind, it’s useful to work with the same makeup artist (or MUA) every time you shoot. You’ll cut down on time spent casting and won’t have to learn how to communicate in a way that works for a new collaborator every time. But how do you know that your new MUA is the one? Check these key factors that will make them a collaborator you can depend on, time and time again.

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Behind the Scenes on a Budget Pool Shoot

Behind the Scenes on a Budget Pool Shoot

Not everyone has access to a pool to do portrait shoots in the water, or maybe there are times when the weather isn’t ideal or warm enough to do those types of shoots in an outdoor pool. If you do not have a big enough tub, a kiddie pool could work.

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The Six Fundamentals of Gelled Lighting

The Six Fundamentals of Gelled Lighting

Added colored gels to your lighting can have a bigger change than you first expected. It’s not quite the same as shooting with white lights, as there are a few additional factors you have to consider to get the optimal color you are looking for.

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Behind the Scenes of Amazing Pet Portraits

Behind the Scenes of Amazing Pet Portraits

If you own a pet, you’ve definitely taken a picture of him or her more than once. Belgian photographer Vincent Lagrange does just that for all sorts of animals as a big part of his career.

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Photographer Creates Huge Functioning Camera From a Shipping Container, Complete With Dark Room Inside

Photographer Creates Huge Functioning Camera From a Shipping Container, Complete With Dark Room Inside

One photographer has turned a shipping container into a huge camera, complete with a built-in darkroom. The creation is capable of producing large, traditional analog prints.

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Five Posing Tips From a Male Model

Five Posing Tips From a Male Model

When working with models, posing is an important element in the shot. If you are not comfortable with posing your models, or maybe they are not as experienced, there’s a lot of information to help you learn from when working with female models. When working with male models, not every approach will work the same and there are not as many resources out there.

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