celebrity portraits

Portrait Photography Tips: Less is More

Clearing out all the distractions from a photo is often more important than what you put in. Remove everything that draws your eye away from the essence of the image. Clear the clutter. Eliminate the extraneous. Keep It Simple Stupid! When Forbes assigned me to shoot Don King, art director Bob Mansfield’s directions consisted of …

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Survival Guide to Editorial Photography at CSULB 04.24.13

SURVIVAL GUIDE TO EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Date: Wednesday April 24, 2013 Time: 7pm California State University Long Beach University Theater (UT 108) 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, California 90840 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, President of APA Editorial Photographers, will discuss how to maximize the creative and commercial rewards while avoiding bad contracts and stagnant rates. …

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Giving Dwyane Wade the Championship Look

I’m often asked what I say to bring out the expression I want when photographing a portrait. The truth is there is no magic phrase – but there is a method. One of the keys to portrait photography is knowing how put your subject in the right frame of mind to get the expression you …

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Get Inspired by ART & SOUL

Get Inspired showcases ART & SOUL photographed in partnership with The Creative Coalition and Sony which pairs Brian Smith’s portrait photography of celebrities with their hand-written testimonials supporting the arts including two of my favorite celebrity portraits of BFF’s Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce. Thanks for the love Get Inspired! You can get more …

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Film Noir: Evan Handler

There are many online photo communities and I’ve recently enjoyed interacting with the 500px online photo-sharing community. This weekend I added a portrait of Evan Handler AKA ‘Charlie Runkle’ from the ART & SOUL project to a group of black & white celebrity portraits I call Film Noir. An alert 500px member noticed that if …

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