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How To Create Catchlights

Catchlights are a subtle, often unnoticed aspect of portrait photography.  Catchlights can give a portrait that extra POP, and can often push an average portrait into the above-average category. Maybe you have never heard of catchlights, or are not exactly sure what they are.  Catchlights are basically the reflection of a light source or light …

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How to Prevent Squinting When Using a Reflector

A question seen often on messages boards is “How do I prevent squinting when using a reflector?  Squinting can be a big problem when taking natural light portraits outdoors.  It is also a common complaint among amateur photographers using reflectors.  To get a great expression from your portrait subject, you definitely want to do all you …

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How to Use a Reflector for Portrait Photography

Reflectors are a great tool, especially in natural light portrait photography.  When shooting in natural light, you often have to learn how to work with and modify the light you have in a particular situation, as opposed to a studio lighting scenario, where you are in complete control from the start.  Many photographers struggle with reflectors …

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Beautiful, Soft Light For Outdoor Portrait Photography

Soft light is great for portraiture.  It minimizes wrinkles and blemishes, produces softer shadows, and can create some incredible catchlights in the eyes. Without using any additional photo equipment, soft light can be found in many places.  The easiest way to get soft light is on an overcast day.  The whole sky becomes one huge …

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Using a Reflector for Portrait Photography

A reflector can be a great tool to help improve the lighting for your photography.  Here are some tips on how to use a reflector for portrait photography. A 5-in-1 reflector kit can be purchased relatively inexpensively.  This kit will include a silver, gold, black, and white sides, along with a white translucent diffuser disc. The …

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Using a Translucent Diffuser for Natural Light Portrait Photography

  Since outdoor lighting can often be so unpredictable, even changing by the minute, it is good to be prepared with gear that can help with those lighting difficulties.  Here are some tips on using a translucent diffuser for natural light portrait photography. If there is no overhead cover at your portrait location on a …

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