Better Portraits Part 2

In this 2nd installment about portraiture, let’s discuss equipment.
If you haven’t figured that out by now, photography like other creative endeavors has a technical side as well as a creative side.

Before you can get predictable results with your camera, you need to master or at least understand your equipments’ limitations. Without this mastery, your vision will not materialize as a successful still picture. Continue reading Better Portraits Part 2

Better Portraits Part 1

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Rapport is key–All the gear and the most gorgeous model will not produce good portraits if you don’t strike it off and establish a good rapport with your model.

Everyone knows that in every picture there is always a center of interest. It may not be in the center per se but it should be obvious what the subject of any photograph is.

Chances are that subject is usually sharp and in focus. If it isn’t, it might be framed in such a way that the viewer’s eye will naturally gravitate to it.

Generally speaking, following some of these simple advice, even if you are using a point-and-shoot camera, will make your pictures better. Continue reading Better Portraits Part 1

Buying your 1st digital SLR

The biggest obstacle in a beginning digital photographer’s way is often that lens that was bundled with their digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex camera.)

The marketplace is awash with digital slr cameras touting fantastic resolution and tons of features but most 1st time buyers don’t realize how complicated these cameras really are.

Invariably that camera kit is something like a Nikon D40x or Canon Rebel XTi with a 18 mm to 55 mm zoom lens and a 1GB or 2 GB memory card. Or worse, they get a camera  with a 28 mm to 135 mm lens. Continue reading Buying your 1st digital SLR

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