19 Tips For Shooting Better Portraits

by Staff February 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

If you appreciate visual art and aesthetics—and, if you’re reading PetaPixel, chances are good that you do—then you absolutely must watch the new Netflix original docu-series “Abstract: The Art of Design.”

Developing your own 35mm or 120 film at home almost always requires a darkroom, but LAB-BOX wants to change all that. The new ‘multi-format daylight-loading film tank’ lets you develop your own film anywhere, even in bright sunlight if you’d like. No darkroom required.

When you look at the work of a professional, award-winning beauty photographer like Zoë Noble, it just has that something extra. If you’re wondering what that “something” is, this tutorial Noble created reveals one of the most important ingredients: color grading.

Sigma’s Art line is about to get even better. Photos of four new Sigma lenses have leaked ahead of the CP+ trade show on Thursday: one Contemporary series lens, and three Art lenses that we have a feeling photographers will be tripping over themselves to buy.

Most still shooters use a ball head mount on their tripod, but photographer Hudson Henry wants you to reconsider. As he explains in the video above, using a fluid head built primarily for videographers will give you a lot more versatility.

Artist Brian Kane recently purchased advertising time on digital billboards along interstate freeways in Massachusetts, but instead of putting up more ads to compete for commuter eyeballs, Kane decided to put up photographs of nature. The project is titled “Healing Tool.”

You can literally see the rise of the photograph in this fascinating short video that compiles every single front page the New York Times has published from 1852 until the present day.

They’re official! Arriving right on time, given this weekend’s massive photo leak, Sigma has revealed their newest trio of full-frame Art lenses for Canon, Nikon, and Sigma bodies: the long-awaited 24-70mm f/2.8, the 14mm f/1.8, and the 135mm f/1.8.

‘Ultra-wide angle’ and ‘minimal distortion’ are not terms you typically see together. But that’s what lens manufacturer Irix is claiming with their new ultra-wide 11mm f/4 rectilinear lens for full-frame Canon, Nikon, and Pentax DSLRs.

Fine art photographer Nicky Hamilton just completed an impressive photo series titled “The Lonely Man.” Each photo in the project took him an average of 3 months to sketch, build, light, and shoot.

I am one of the lucky few to have grown up with Leica. It is weird to critically think about the irrational purchase of such an expensive camera as new digital models are released, but if you grew up with a Leica in your life it is very hard to let go of the brand.

Russian model Viktoria Odintsova is being harshly criticized online for a photo shoot she did that involved handling by one arm from the edge of a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper in Dubai… with apparently no permission and no safety equipment.

The prestigious photojournalism contest World Press Photo announced its 2017 winners this week. A look at the data quietly published alongside the winning shots offers a glimpse into what cameras top photojournalists around the world are using these days.

Sony is making a lot of their new 100mm f/2.8 GM lens with its Smooth Trans Focus technology. But what exactly is this so-called STF, how does it work, and why does it produce smoother bokeh? This short video explains all.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But I wonder, what else do “they” say? In order to find out I’ve culled together the best quotes on the subject of photography. I hope they inspire you.

If you want sharp black and white images with fine grain, then you’ve come to the right place!

Yongnuo has officially launched their much-anticipated budget portrait lens: the 85mm f/1.8 Canon clone that you could already find floating around eBay last week.

Behind every perfect inspirational travel photo and candid “girls night out” shot is an amateur boyfriend Instagram photographer. He’s always there, sometimes contorted into strange and awkward positions to get the shot, but rarely acknowledged… until now.

When Sigma calls their new Contemporary 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM a “light bazooka,” we’re not sure which definition of “light” they’re using. But given the lens’ f/5 max aperture and ultra-light construction, we’re going to guess they mean light as in lightweight.

Fashion model Kendall Jenner was a guest on The Tonight Show this week, and one of the subjects she discussed with host Jimmy Fallon was her love of photography and recent cover photos she shot for Love Magazine. You can watch the 3.5-minute segment above.

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