Category Archives: Portrait

Natural studio

Sometimes we’re called to shoot just a head and shoulders portrait of a person (often referred to as a mugshot). In a studio a photographer can control the light, but out in the field the lighting conditions usually aren’t ideal. You can often ameliorate bad light by using a fill-flash technique or simply moving your [...]

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Maya Angelou remembered

Famed poet/author Maya Angelou died on Wednesday at the age of 86. She had ties to Stockton in her mother Vivian “Lady Baxter” who was a longtime resident of the city from 1967 until her death in 1991 at the age of 79. Often I’ll have an assignment to photograph a celebrity or public figure, [...]

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Put a smile on someone’s face

Getting a subject to give an authentic smile for a photograph can be easier said than done. It mostly involves establishing a rapport with them and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera, again, easier said than done. Here’s a short video featuring North Carolina-based photographer Tamara Lackey who’s a Nikon ambassador. In [...]

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Being Human

University of the Pacific student Sophia Chou takes a “selfie” with Brandon Stanton, author of the Blog and New York Times best selling book “Humans of New York after he autographed a copy of his book for her at the Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House on the UOP campus in Stockton. Stanton then gave [...]

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A study in black and white

I’ve photographed the Reverend Gary Putnam for various reasons over the years. I’ve covered him a couple times as he portrayed Abraham Lincoln. And while I knew that he also did a show as author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, until recently I had never photographed him in that persona. A history buff, Putnam dons [...]

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To be seen

In 2009 Nashville-based photographer Jeremy Cowert put out an internet challenge to photographers everywhere to use their talents to help those in need by taking their portraits and delivering prints to them. He called the event Help-Portrait and it, as they say, went viral. In cities in countries around the world photographers and other volunteers [...]

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HONY

While many street photographers capture their subjects in candid moments through stealthy almost clandestine means, photographer Brandon Stanton takes a different tact. Instead of taking pictures of people who may be unaware of the photographer’s presence he takes quick portraits of his subjects. Most are looking directly into the camera fully aware of what he [...]

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Outdoor portrait reminder #2

Just another reminder that our next Record Readers Photo Challenge is: Outdoor Portraits and we’ll be accepting submissions until May 11. The weather is forecast to be nice this weekend, so there’s not reason to go out and take some pictures. They can be posed or candid photos of people (no pets or animals, or [...]

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The great outdoor (portrait)

Another assignment I remember from my old photo-student days was the outdoor portrait and it, like the front, side and back lighting assignment, was a lesson in light. You would think that shooting outside would be pretty easy. There is plenty of light, so worrying about having a fast enough shutter speed to eliminate camera [...]

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Extra extras

There were many memorable images of equally memorable faces that we photographed at the Help-Portrait: Stockton event at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. From warm smiles to broad grins here are several more pictures of the faces that brightened our day.    

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    Clifford Oto, an award-winning photographer, has been with The Record since 1984. Through the changes from black and white to digital photography, he’s kept his focus on covering the events, people and life of San Joaquin county. This blog deals ... Read Full
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