Category Archives: Portrait

Readers Photo Challenge: Face the music

The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment was about faces. Landscapes and nature are the most popular subjects for most photographers. Taking pictures of people can be out of the comfort zones of many people. But for this challenge readers stepped up, faced the music and overcame any reluctance they may have had and came up […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: About face(s)

The newest Readers Photo Challenge assignment should be as clear as the nose on one’s face. The subject is “faces.” Taking pictures of people can be problematic for many photographers. Even those who are adept at photographing landscapes, nature or architecture can be stymied when it comes to people. You don’t need fancy equipment to […]

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Help-Portrait in one week

In 2009, I was inspired by a video by Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowart. The video was a call to find someone in need, take their photo, print it and then deliver it to them. The call struck a chord with me. For awhile, I had been looking for a way to give back to the […]

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Readers Photo Challenge assignment: People

Most people are uncomfortable taking pictures of other people. A landscape won’t talk back to you, a flower isn’t judgmental of your technique and a bird can’t criticize you. For the latest Readers Photo Challenge I’ll be asking most of you to venture outside of your comfort zone with the assignment of “people.” Posed or […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Kid’s stuff

Children are our pride and joys and the apples of our eyes and they are the subjects of the latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment. Kids are natural subjects for many photos. They tend to wear their personalities close to the surface and are easily photographed. Six readers sent in 26 photos. Here are the top […]

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In the blink of an eye

In portrait photography a single blink can ruin a picture in, well, a blink of an eye. We have all taken pictures of people – friends, relatives acquaintances – and at some point there will be photos of them with their eyes closed. Some people blink more often than others and we capture their bright […]

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A sense of selfie

Be yourself, but always be your better self.” – Karl G. Maeser The Oxford Dictionary traces the first use of the word “selfie” back to 2002. By 2013 not only did they add it to the dictionary but made it their word of the year. In a recent post blogger Matt Walsh posted an article […]

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Back up plan

A part of being a professional photographer is the ability to solve problems. If an amateur photographer misses a shot or an entire event due to some technical issue, then all that is lost is a picture. If that happens to pros then they risk losing a job or even a client. I was assigned […]

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Tips for posing

Posing people for portraits can be harder than one thinks. It’s more than just standing a subject in front of the camera and clicking the button. One has to learn how to tactfully maneuver a person to make them look their best. Aside from professional models who practice at it, most subjects don’t know how […]

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Readers Photo Challenge: Face value

“That face, that face, that wonderful face; It shines, it glows all over the place.” – “That Face” by Alan Bergman and Lew Spence The current Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “faces.” Our faces are the most recognizable feature that we have. We often talk about it in song and literature. We put on a […]

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