Portrait Photography 101 eBook now available

I am excited today to release a brand new eBook for all of you to enjoy. Besides post production tips and tutorials on the site I have also shared some tips to help improve your portrait photography. These articles have always received good feedback and something many people have requested more of. I’ll continue to provide free articles on the site but also am adding some premium eBooks that will go into things in a little more detail. These are also going to be very affordable so everyone can pick them up. I want to help out the photo community as much as possible and am pricing this eBook at just $5!

It’s a 36 page eBook that was created to give you some practical ways to improve your portraits. Everything is explained in real life terms with beautiful large sample images. No drawn out techie terms just straight forward answers. If you love taking photos of your kids, are a amateur photographer or a professional looking for some portrait ideas this is the perfect book for you. Read through some real life scenarios along with high resolution images to learn how to take better portraits. Camera settings and stories about each shoot are included. It’s a downloadable PDF so can be viewed from any computer or device.

Whether you are looking to get better photos of your kids with your DSLR or are a professional looking to improve your portraits this guide will give you 15 useful tips to improve the portraits you take. Get the eBook now and start to improve your portrait photography!

You can also get this in the iBookstore for your iOS device here:

15 Tips to better Portraits – Mark Stagi

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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. Looks great!

    I know this is hardly the place to ask, but as regards sunset photos (I see one in the screen shots above) – I have been trying to find out which is the safest way to take them, both for me and for the camera. And not just with people in like your photograph, but pics of the sunset or sunrise itself.

    Many forums say that you shouldn’t look directly through the lens at the sun as it can harm your eye (which seems a sensible enough assertion), but that to use Live View is not good for the camera because the sensor is exposed to the Sun for longer and can harm it. The manual that comes with my Canon T3 also says not to point the camera at the sun in Live View (“During Live View shooting, do not point the lens toward the sun. The Sun’s heat can damage the camera’s internal components”).

    Perhaps they mean just the midday sun?

  2. Thanks for the comment. The sun at sunset won’t harm your eyes or sensor at all, nothing to worry about. Obviously you don’t want to stare at the sun for minutes direct no matter how low or soft it is, but when the sun is getting low at sunset you definitely want to turn your camera towards the sun and thats when you can get some really great and creative shots 🙂

  3. Thanks, it is good to have an answer. I even asked Canon on Twitter though, and they replied – “thanks for this, we do not recommend looking directly at the sun through your camera.” This was in reply to my question as to whether it was OK to point the camera at a sunset to take a photo in live view.

    I think this is how newbies like me get confused 🙂

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