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You’re a photographer. You have to back up your photos. You don’t have a choice. You’re about to learn why backing up is so important, how I back up my Mac, the equipment I use, and how my backup strategy will change in the future. (hint: it involves deleting 80% of my photos)Why Backing Up Your Photos […]

The post How I Back Up Photos on My Macbook Pro appeared first on On Portraits.

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My portrait photography education didn’t happen in a classroom, library, or workshop. Most of what I learned came from studying my heroes’ work, trying to figure out why I loved their pictures, and then putting my own twist on them. In fact, I can see that my portrait style has come from a never-ending cycle of:Attempting to […]

The post 20 Powerful Portrait Photography Lessons from 20 Great Portrait Photographers appeared first on On Portraits.

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Today’s question comes from Tom B.: In May of this year, Hasselblad silently discontinued their leading Hasselblad Flextight scanners as future Mac updates will be incompatible with their color software. I’m not sure they really had competitors for quality (other than ancient, cumbersome and fiddly drum scanners), and it makes me wonder where this leaves […]

The post Q&A: What Is the Future of Film Scanning? appeared first on On Portraits.

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On Portraits by Michael Comeau - 1w ago

 I love portrait photography. Yes, I have my hate-filled moments (see: 4 Things I Hate About Portrait Photography), but photographing people has been the most rewarding endeavor of my life. Why?  It’s because...I Meet Interesting People I’d Never Encounter OtherwiseI’m a textbook introvert. I suck at small talk, I don’t like crowds, and I can go an entire day […]

The post Why I Love Portrait Photography appeared first on On Portraits.

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Photography gear is fun. It helps us make the image we see in our heads. And the very best of it makes our lives easier. So I've put together a list of the 12 pieces of gear that make a huge difference in my life... photographically speaking of course! And you know what -- not one item on this […]

The post My 13 Favorite Pieces of Photography Gear appeared first on On Portraits.

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Like many photographers, I have way too many camera bags and backpacks.Look in my closet and you’ll find a big pile of stuff from the likes of Thinktank, Tenba, and WANDRD. But my favorite out of every bag I’ve ever owned is the LowePro Tahoe BP 150 backpack. It’s the second least expensive LowePro backpack, and it’s […]

The post Lowepro Tahoe BP 150 Backpack Review – The Ultimate Compact Camera Backpack appeared first on On Portraits.

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Want to make more money in your photography business? Then grab these business books. Reality check: being a great photographer and being great at business require completely different skillsets. Only two of the books on this list are specific to photographers. The rest are the best of the hundreds of business books I've read in the past 20 years. […]

The post The Best Business Books for Photographers That Want to Make More Money in 2019 appeared first on On Portraits.

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Need creative ideas for your next portrait shoot? Good! You’re about to get 18 different ways to shake up your portrait photography so you can make high-impact images that stand out from the crowd. Best of all, even a total beginner can use them:1. Shoot the Eye and Only the EyeMy #1 portrait lens is a macro lens. Why? […]

The post 18 Creative Portrait Photography Ideas You Can Use Right Now appeared first on On Portraits.

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Photographers love to argue about Raw vs. JPEG. So I've put together a test so you can see the real truth about how each works in a real-world portrait photography situation. On the surface, JPEG files are superior. They look better straight out of camera, have smaller files, and have universal software compatibility. You can see that on this […]

The post Raw vs. JPEG: What Portrait Photographers Need to Know appeared first on On Portraits.

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Hey Mike, Do you have any advice for making non-models comfortable in front of the camera? I always have trouble getting people to relax. -Kevin Hi Kevin, Thank you for the question. Let’s start from a nervous subject’s  point of view. What could they be afraid of ahead of a shoot? I’d guess it’s things […]

The post The P.E.D.S. Method for Making Your Portrait Subjects 100% Comfortable, Even If You Have No Personality appeared first on On Portraits.

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