Shooting Artistic Portraits

Wednesday, 3.6.19

It rained all day, from morning to night. But I still attended another Canon workshop at 7 pm. Tonight’s topic was about shooting portraits, and getting inspiration from the pictures on Pinterest. The idea is to think outside of the box, and take uniquely creative photographs in order to stand out from many other photographers’ work. Most photographers tend to take basic and traditional photographs, which tends to be boring. Such photographers tend to be hired on who’s the cheapest.

Photographer Marlise Hartman talked about shooting beyond basic photographs. It requires using lighting, white balance, flash, poses, models, storytelling, post production, sharp and clear photographs, creativity, and set-ups in a unique way. She encourages photographers to study and critique Pinterest pictures in order to improve their shooting skills.

There are four elements to critique in photographs:

  • Poses
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Moment and storytelling

Then, notice what your dislikes, such as awkward poses and visual distractions.

Post Production Process involves editing photographs on software like Photoshop and Lightroom. Add blue tint to create mood and drama. Add orange tint to create warmth and drama.

Use a magbox to create soft light on the object or subject.

But before starting the photo shoot, the photographer should connect with his/her clients. Maintain eye contact and constant chat with the client in order to help them relax and loosen up. Tell jokes, use fun music, and just hang out.


Place your camera on an iPad while taking photos to create a silhouette with a reflection on the bottom.

Different kinds of lighting include loop, Rembrandt, butterfly, split, broad, and short.

Use a clean wall as a background for the photo shoot. Remove pictures and any distractions from that area.

DVLOP is used in post-production processing, and it works with Lightroom

For environment scenes:

  • Use a wide lens
  • Walk farther away from subject and use compressed lens
  • Avoid open shade areas as well as areas with dabbled light
  • Use natural lighting areas, off-camera flash, or both
  • Don’t blow highlights
  • Crop out light source


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