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Behind the image: The intriguing story of Mathilde's dress

For Dutch photographer Peter Kemp the storytelling element in portraiture is essential. “It has to be open to different interpretations, making people look more carefully at the picture, triggering them to create stories from it.” Discover the intriguing tale behind this image   Who was Mathilde? “I had read a book about Mathilde Willink, the first wife of the Dutch magic realism painter […]

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Master the Beauty Lighting set up

An external flash unit is perhaps the single most versatile yet underused tool for amateur photographers. Photographer John Denton reveals how to achieve the flattering Beauty Lighting set up using one or two flashes.   The classic Beauty Lighting set up If the light source is moved directly in front of the subject then it will […]

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Shoot from the heart – The Shutter Sisters' top tips

Often, the images of ordinary aspects of our everyday lives are the ones that we end up treasuring. Sarah-Ji one of the members of the popular Shutter Sisters’ blog offers her advice on how to be ready to capture those special moments   Get to know your own space Try shooting a still life in your living room (it’s […]

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Get Michael Freeman's new book here first!

In his new book, Capturing Light, pro photographer Michael Freeman teaches you how to interpret, approach, and master whatever lighting situation you find yourself in. Download your copy of the ebook here first.   For professional photographers, chasing the light, waiting for it, sometimes helping it, and finally capturing it is a constant preoccupation – and […]

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3 quick tips for better pet portraits

Your pets are the most lively and exciting member of your family, so why take stuffy formal pictures of them? Here’s 3 ways to shoot a compelling portrait. 1. Use natural frontal lighting Natural light from the main window in the living room was used for this portrait of a Weimaraner that had made himself […]

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The easy way to cheat a window shutter effect

The shadow from the window-shutter is the star of Mauricio González’ stunning shot. With no real shutters to work with, here’s how he pulled it off.   “When we got to the empty house for the shoot I picked a room that had light flooding through the window and positioned the model in the ‘sun […]

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The incredible self-portraits of 20 year old Alex Stoddard

“I nestled myself into a little hollow in the wall of a dry creek bed. Apart from the discomfort of my new root-adorned home, I had the added fun of it being mid-winter.”   Alex Stoddard was born in Jacksonville, Florida and spent his childhood growing up in the deep south. He began taking self-portraits […]

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Using photography portraits to connect

“A portrait is not just an image; it’s a vibrant collaboration between photographer and subject. The subject might be alone in the frame, but every successful image reflects the talent and expertise of the photographer, and their connection with the subject. Just like stopping and listening to someone share a story with you, we are […]

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