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3 Studio Photography Techniques

Learn three photography techniques from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. Photography techniques. There's lots of fun techniques that you can apply to your photography to make it different, make it creative. One of those is light painting. The technique of light painting is done with a long exposure. Your camera's mounted on a tripod, or a very stable position. And you open the exposure for, let's say, 10 to 30 seconds. Your subject is in a dark, and/or dimly lit area. And then you introduce light artificially with a flashlight, or a pen light, essentially painting the light on or around your subject. It's a very interesting and fun technique. If you don't get it right the first time, don't be discouraged. Just keep trying. Keep fine tuning your process. Another technique is motion blur, where you blur the subject, or your subject has lights in it. And you pan the camera or shake the camera in a way that those lights become streaked. If you're supplementing that with some artificial light, or on-camera flash, you can pop the flash on your subject, which will freeze them. Nice, sharp, crisp image of that subject. And then you shake the camera a little bit, and it will streak the lighting in the background. So you've got a nice, crisp subject in front with sort of crazy fun artistic light streaks throughout the background. Another fun technique in photography is time-lapse. So those are a few techniques in photography that can give you a unique different look with just a little bit of effort.

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