Category Archives: portraits

Fantastic Portraits in Lousy Light

Fantastic Portrait Photography in Lousy Light

In this episode, Mark goes to “battle” against harsh light and an ugly background for an outdoor portrait. He’ll show you 5 quick tips to get a great portrait out of nearly any situation.

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Marks go to lighting setup
Controlling portrait shadows
Compositing with Gavin

Find the Light

In this episode Mark demonstrates some techniques for shooting portraits (and a few other things) in natural light. Mark uses nothing but his camera, no reflectors or fill flash, to get terrific results. Mark also talks about open shade and how you can use it to get different lighting results.

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Outdoor Speedlight Portraits

In this episode Mark shows you how you can control your speed light for some creative exposure options when shooting outside.

(This is the first episode of Season Two and that’s why the numbers have changed from episode 75 to 201. There are no “missing” episodes between 75 and 201.)

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Composing Portraits

Watch this video to learn the do’s and don’ts of portrait photography. Also learn how to break the rules. When can you chop off the top of someone’s head or limbs? What are the real no-nos of portrait photography. Mark gives you the rules of thumb as well as good posing advice.

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Lighting for Black and White Photography

In this episode, Mark explains how to best light a subject for black and white photography and get dramatic results. Learn how adjusting the position of light can change contrast in relation to the subject. Mark walks you through studio exercises to fully illustrate the relationship of shape and color.

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