Posts Tagged ‘portraiture’

Portrait photography lighting exercises–with an egg: The Practicing Photographer

Published by | Thursday, December 19th, 2013


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Ben Long would like you to have an egg. As a photo subject, that is. In this week’s installment of his weekly series, The Practicing Photographer, Ben issues an assignment: Photograph an egg in a way that conveys emotion.
How do you get emotion out of an egg without drawing a face on it, Ben asks? Through lighting and composition. As this week’s two-video installment unfolds, we join Ben and photographer Troy Word in a classroom at the Oklahoma Arts Institute, where Troy gives his students this very assignment.

Troy demonstrates various lighting schemes, which you can replicate using anything from a studio light to a desk lamp or work light. As he moves the light around, changing its angle and its distance from the egg, the shadows on the egg change—and the mood in the resulting photos changes along with them.

Family and group portraiture: Posing tips

Published by | Monday, March 19th, 2012

When you shoot portraits—whether of individuals, families, or business groups—are you posing your subjects to look their best?

In the latest photography course, Family and Group Portraiture, author Natalie Fobes (former photographer for the Seattle Times and National Geographic) describes the techniques behind successful group portraits, including tips for posing individual subjects, large groups, and families. She also details how to work with subjects to minimize those things they’d rather not have committed to pixels.

Natalie’s new course is just one of our recent photography releases. If you’re interested in Adobe’s new Photoshop Lightroom 4, don’t miss the new Lightroom 4 Essentials series, with Chris Orwig. The first two installments are available now, with more coming very soon.

Happy shooting!


Interested in more?
• The full Family and Group Portraiture course on
• All Photography courses on
• All courses from Chris Orwig on
• All courses from Natalie Fobes on

Suggested courses to watch next:
Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Enhancing Photos with the Develop Module
Photoshop Lightroom 4 New Features

Shooting with Wireless Flash: Studio Portraits
Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists
Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Tour Douglas Kirkland’s portraits of Oscar nominees

Published by | Friday, February 24th, 2012

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to commission portraits of each of the 20 2012 Oscar-nominated actors and actresses.

Who did they call? Renowned photographer (and author) Douglas Kirkland, who has photographed hundreds of actors and performers in his storied career. The resulting portraits form an exhibit called Out of Character, which is on display at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters until March 18.

Last Friday, Douglas gave a few of us an exhibit tour, during which he talked about the portraits and his process. We’re pleased to be able to share it with you. Check it out, then check out his Douglas Kirkland on Photography series.

Interested in more?
• All Photography courses on
• All courses from Douglas Kirkland on

Suggested courses to watch next:
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer

Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: Natural Light Portraiture
iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling
Foundations of Photography: Composition