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Portrait photography

Tips and techniques on portrait photography, including how to shoot great portrait photographs, best kit for portrait photography, how to light portraits, and everything else you might need to know about shooting great portrait images.

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  • Pauline Petit’s surreal portraits

    Pauline Petit’s surreal portraits

    October 11, 2021

    Pauline Petit tells us about her graphic black & white portraits, awarded second place & public's choice in the EISA Maestro 2021 contest

  • Celebrating the ‘revolutionary’ Picture Post

    Celebrating the ‘revolutionary’ Picture Post

    August 11, 2021

    Not only did Picture Post expertly document British society after the war, it helped to change it for the better - as well as ushering in a new era of popular photojournalism, using the latest camera technology

  • Get photo inspiration from your neighbours

    Get photo inspiration from your neighbours

    August 3, 2021

    Stuck for a documentary or portrait photography subject? As London-based photographer Jenny Lewis reveals to Peter Dench, inspiration could be right next door

  • Family photography ideas to try today

    Family photography ideas to try today

    April 14, 2021

    Whatever is going on with the pandemic, we can still take great images of the family. Four top portrait photographers share some tips and insights you can use today

  • How to take really beautiful portraits

    How to take really beautiful portraits

    October 19, 2020

    There’s more to fashion photography than glamorous models and expensive clothes. Rossella Vanon explains what goes on behind the scenes

  • Can I set up a home studio cheaply?

    Can I set up a home studio cheaply?

    August 7, 2020

    Basically, yes, James Patterson shows how to take stunning flash-lit studio photos with simple gear and learn the fundamentals of off-camera flash

  • Our best-ever tips for portraits

    Our best-ever tips for portraits

    January 12, 2019

    Rules are made to be broken. Our experts suggest shooting as wide as possible, blowing highlights and experimenting with mixed lighting

  • Family portrait photography tips

    Family portrait photography tips

    June 27, 2018

    Discuss what it is your subjects want and start with tried-and-tested poses before advancing to more ambitious ideas. James Paterson gives his tips on shooting family portraits

  • Video: Classic lighting set-ups you should know

    Video: Classic lighting set-ups you should know

    May 11, 2018

    With modern LED lighting it's easier than ever to create classic lighting set-ups for portraiture. Check out our behind-the-scenes video with portrait pro James Paterson, to see how it's done

  • Top portrait photography tips

    Top portrait photography tips

    February 23, 2018

    Entice yourself to shoot portraits by experimenting with different materials, sculpting your portraits, adding flare and more, using our experts’ top tips

  • How to shoot family portraits

    How to shoot family portraits

    January 16, 2017

    It's always a good time for candid images of young family members that you will treasure all year round. Amy Drucker shares her insights and tips on shooting family portraits

  • Shallow depth of field portraiture

    Shallow depth of field portraiture

    August 13, 2016

    Photographer Phil Sharp explains how shallow depth of field can add an extra dimension to your portrait photography. He talks to Oliver Atwell

  • Terence Donovan: Portraits

    Terence Donovan: Portraits

    August 1, 2016

    Through his photography, Terence Donovan captured the 1960s’ spirit like nobody else, photo historian Robin Muir tells David Clark