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Portrait Photography Tips

Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

This photography tip is very different from the other tips, it is all about the mistakes that can ruin a good portrait picture. Some of the mistakes are very common and easy to avoid. Just remember these tips and try to fix them while taking the pictures.

Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

These mistakes are very common and I have seen them in many portraitures. The good news is as photographer, you can easily detect and fix them right away.

Avoid Hot Spots

Hot spots on the face or body are very annoying and they can easily ruin the photos. When taking portrait , especially outdoor in a sunny day, check for the Hot Spots. And when you see them, just move your model to a new location, change the angle of camera, change the light direction, etc. to avoid Hot Spots.

Hot Spots can ruin photos

Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.
Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.

Avoid Awkward Positions

Pay attention to the head, eyes, arms, hands, legs, etc. and if they look awkward fix them. There are many guidelines for posing that can be used as an starting point.

Awkward Posing

Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!
Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!

Another Awkward Posing

Pay attention to white part of eyes.
Pay attention to white part of eyes.

Avoid Unwanted Objects in Background or Foreground

It is very easy for a tree branch in the background to look like a Horn on top of your models head! Before clicking the shutter check the background and foreground completely. And if you spot any of these annoying elements, try to avoid them by changing the camera angle or height, change the location, or simply use a very shallow depth of field to blur them out.

Check for unwanted elements

Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.
Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.

Check for unwanted elements

Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!
Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!

That is all for now. As always thank you so much for your support. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips. 

If you are like me and learn better by hands on and practical examples, check our Upcoming Classes in Portrait Photography.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Omnilargess Photography Classes

Three Great Portrait Photography Classes

We offer three great Portrait Photography Classes for everyone!

Natural Light Portrait Class

Starts April 13th

A 2 day workshop with classroom and practical sessions.

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Portrait Photography | Flash Edition

Starts May 11th

A 2 day workshop with classroom and practical sessions.

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Studio Portrait Class

Starts June 2nd

A full day workshop on how to set up a studio


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Outdoor Flash Photography Techniques

Outdoor Flash Photography Techniques

“Why should I use my flash in outdoor portrait pictures?”

This a very common question that I have been asked almost all the time! On August 23 I am going to have an Outdoor Flash Photography workshop. You will learn how to use your flash to control the ambient light to create  better outdoor portrait photos.

In this first photo I didn’t use the flash

Outdoor photo with no flash

Outdoor photo with no flash

As you can see the colour is a little faded, due to slower shutter speed my subject id blurry, and overall it is not a good image although the composition is good.

In this second photo I used outdoor flash photography technique. I balanced the flash output to match ambient light, as well as to light up my subject properly.

Outdoor portrait with flash as fill light

Outdoor portrait with flash as fill light

As you noticed the colour is so vibrant, subject is lighted up properly, shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the movement, and overall better exposure.

In Outdoor Flash Photography techniques you will learn how to use your flash as fill light, or even as your main light and use the ambient light as your fill light. One of the main keys in outdoor flash photography technique is to meter the ambient light properly.

Here are some tips about Outdoor Flash Photography:

1-You get the best result by setting your camera to Centre Weighted or Spot metering.

2-If you use a TTL flash you don’t need to be worry about the White Balance.

3-If you use a Non TTL flash set the White Balance to either Day Light or Flash for better result.

4-Although it sounds complicated, in Outdoor flash photography using Manual setting is easier than other settings. I will cover this topic in Outdoor photography workshop and you will have plenty of time to master this technique.

This is a full hands on workshop with no classroom setting and designed for intermediate to advanced photographers.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this workshop.

Buy your ticket here

Ted and Omnilargess Team

 

 

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Lifestyle Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Lifestyle Photography Workshop Images

Here are some images from our last year Lifestyle Photography Workshop. We had one hour of classroom technical seminar and then went out for hands on real life experiment.

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It was great weather, which continued to change on us and challenge students and instructors alike.

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We were really intrigued by the mix of students that we had on the day; some looking to get into portrait photography as a business, while others were looking to improve their travel and personal family photography. It was a fantastic turnout, and we had a lot of good laughs. In the end, we feel our purposes were fulfilled and each student was able to go away having learned something new, or having gained some inspiration for their lifestyle photography pursuits.

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Have a look at some of the images of the day to see how hands-on things really were. Thanks to the wonderful and patient models who graced us with their presence and allowed us to engage with them a little as we worked to improve on lighting, composition, creativity and interpersonal skills. Now we offer this course again.

Register for Lifestyle Photography Workshop here

Please feel free to check our image gallery. Stay tuned as more photos will be uploaded shortly. 

Contact Tamara if you wish to have access to our photo gallery in Smug-Mug.

 

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Lifestyle Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Lifestyle Photography Class

What is a Lifestyle Photography? I was asked several times about this kind of photography, especially for the last few weeks which we are going to have our first part of Lifestyle Photography Workshop in Abbotsford.

So let’s face it. What does Lifestyle Photography means? How it is different from other styles? And what should you know to create the effects that you are after.

Here is a quote from Wikipedia regarding Lifestyle photography:

“Lifestyle photography is a style of photography which aims to portray real-life situations in a controlled setting. Lighting is bright, airy and natural-looking. There are many commercial applications including magazine editorial and advertising usage.”

This is a very simple yet complete description of Lifestyle Photography. So let me just explain what techniques you need to use. Before getting to this point I just want to mention that the Lifestyle Photography class for July 7th is open for registration and only a few spots are available. So book your ticket fast!

1- The very first rule is “Natural Looking”. It means that your set ups should look Natural, Your subject/s should look comfortable and relaxed, The lighting must be nice and bright to the same level that human’s eyes see the scene, there shouldn’t be any harsh highlights or shadows. So understanding the technical features in your camera is the key for this rule. Ted will help you to find out the hidden functions of your camera and guide you through the technical camera settings.

2- Rule numer 2 is to capture Real-Life Situation. It means how to select the location, the timing, What elements to avoid, what elements to add, how to use natural elements from the scene to enhance the image, etc. Tamara will guide you through this important steps.

3- Not that everybody is comfortable in front of the camera (including myself!). Specially you see this problem a lot when you photograph kids! How can you break the ice and make them relaxed? As a great and successful Pro photographer, Anita will give you some priceless tips to break the ice and capture their pictures with a little taste of their personalities.

Book your ticket today.

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions.

Ted and Omnilargess Team

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Lifestyle Family Photography Workshop

Sunday July 7, 2013 – Sunday July 7, 2013

2582 Mt Lehman Road #1

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Description:

Lifestyle Family Photography Workshop

Come join us for a fun day of learning how to capture great, natural looking moments and personal details in our Lifestyle Family Photography Workshop. Using some classroom instruction and mostly hands on experience, you will learn some of the technical aspects of controlling light and exposure and using modifiers to help create the shot you are looking for. This will be balanced with ideas to get your creative juices flowing and to assist in your interpersonal interactions with clients. Gain the confidence you need to shoot in all kinds of locations with all kinds of people. If you have ever had difficulty shooting on bright sunny days, cancelled a photo shoot because of rain, or tried photographing subjects that seemed uncomfortable in any pose – this workshop is for you! With three knowledgeable instructors, this session is value packed, and an opportunity you do not want to miss. Read More…

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Outdoor Portrait class Fraser Valley

Outdoor Portrait Workshop Fraser Valley

Come join us on Saturday April 13 for a fun day of learning how to capture great, natural looking moments and personal details in our Outdoor Portrait photography workshop. Using only one hour classroom instruction and mostly hands on experience, you will learn some of the technical aspects of controlling light and exposure and using modifiers to help create the shot you are looking for. The Outdoor Portrait Photography workshop will be balanced with ideas to get your creative juices flowing and to assist in your interpersonal interactions with clients. Gain the confidence you need to shoot in all kinds of locations with all kinds of people. If you have ever had difficulty shooting on bright sunny days, cancelled a photo shoot because of rain, or tried photographing subjects that seemed uncomfortable in any pose – this workshop is for you!

Topics will include:

Tips and tricks for indoor locations

Personal touches

Choosing a good outdoor location

Lighting

Metering

Interacting with people

Posing

Guide lines and composition

Custom white balance

Focal length

Light modifiers

Flashes

* Program mode, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual mode

Prerequisites: Digital, Interchangeable lens camera and basic knowledge of camera modes and settings (PSAM*), Fully charged battery, Memory card(s).

Items that will enhance your experience, but are not required: External Flash, Light Disc, ND Filter, Flash Diffuser, Monopod.

Suitable for: The beginner, the portrait enthusiast, the professional who wants to expand their knowledge base or gain fresh ideas.

Buy your ticket now!

Here is the Gallery of our previous outdoor photography:

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Outdoor Portrait Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Outdoor Portrait Photography Workshop

A half day of portrait photography fun:

On Saturday April 13 come and join us for a new experience in outdoor portrait photography.

Ted is running this special event to help you see and understand the importance of light at different times of the day, different locations, and how to find and use out door elements to enhance your portrait photography.

Set the Exposure

Set the Exposure

We will meet at our office at 11.oo AM to have our one hour classroom session and will go out to take pictures at 12:00 PM. We will be back to by around 3:00 PM for conclusion of the day.

Composition is the main Key

Composition is the main Key

It is a full Half day photography of lessons and Hands on in Exposure and Composition. Ted will show you how to set your camera for different light conditions and how to use the rules of composition. He also will show you how to spot a place for your portrait images, how to use Light disk, how to use the Flash for fill light, and much more.. So come and discover them!

Fill light can make a big difference

Fill light can make a big difference

We will have our tour rain or shine!! You are going to work with some models and learn how to interact with your subjects.

Take your time to find the right spot

Take your time to find the right spot

Are you interested in taking better family shots?

Then come and experience the power of new skills!

Class size is small, Register now to secure your spot!

 

 

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Outdoor Portrait Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

Saturday April 13, 2013 – Saturday April 13, 2013

2582 Mt Lehman Road #1

View MapMap and Directions | Register

Description:

Outdoor Portrait Photography Workshop

A half day of portrait photography fun:

On Saturday April 13 come and join us for a new experience in outdoor portrait photography.

Ted is running this special event to help you see and understand the importance of light at different times of the day, different locations, and how to find and use out door elements to enhance your portrait photography.

We will meet at our office at 11.oo AM to have our one hour classroom session and will go out to take pictures at 12:00 PM. We will be back to by around 3:00 PM for conclusion of the day.

It is a full Half day photography of lessons in Exposure and Composition. Ted will show you how to set your camera for different light conditions and how to use the rules of composition. He also will show you how to spot a place for your portrait images, how to use Light disk, how to use the Flash for fill light, and much more.. So come and discover them!

We will have our tour rain or shine!! You are going to work with some models and learn how to interact with your subjects.

 

Register

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