Free Portrait Stock Photos – 20 Inspiring Examples

Portrait photography is a photograph of a person or a group of people that captures the personality of the subject. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional there are always new things to learn when it comes to photographing people. As you can see in our gallery of free portrait stock photos, there are many different aspects that you can approach your subject by.

I have selected 20 portrait stock photos from our site that you can check out and get inspiration for your next portrait series.

Homeless Mike

There are homeless people in most larger cities in the world. Homeless people are often a good subject when showing the darker side of live, the despair or even hope.

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Free Insect Stock Photos – 25 Stunning Examples

Insects and bugs are magnificent models in their tiny environment filled with beautiful details. Most of these free insect stock photos below are shot with a Macro lens and although using such a lens is pretty straight forward but there are certain tricks you need to master to be able to produce great photography.

They are the most diverse group of animals on the planet and include more than a million described species and represent more than half of all known living organisms on the planet. Insects can be found in nearly every environment although there aren’t many species that reside in the oceans.

Insect Macro Photography

A true macro is the ability to produce an image that is as big (or bigger) on the film plane (or digital sensor) as it is in real life. This is where we get the term “lifesize” or “1:1 magnification” as it is used in macro lingo. The term “magnification” is important because true macro photography does not involve “zooming” or getting closer to a subject; instead, we are relying on the lens itself to magnify the image that will be projected onto the film plane. Source: How to Do Macro Insect Photography

Here is a list of 25 beautiful and sometimes scary insect stock photos uploaded by our users:

Chafer Beetle Free Stock Photo

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Spring Stock Photos – 20 Beautiful Examples

In this post I have selected 20 beautiful spring stock photos from our free gallery that you can use for your upcoming and future design projects.

For many of us winter is loosening it’s grips and spring is around the corner. With spring the days get longer, trees start sprucing and various types of flowers start to grow. Spring is one of my favorite seasons as it marks the end of the long winter here in Iceland and the beginning of longer days and more sunlight. The insects come to live and the greenery starts to grow, giving us vivid spring colors as they start to blossom.

Freedom Free Stock Photo

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25 Amazing Free Sky & Clouds Stock Photos

Clouds come in different variations and colors and for a photographer the sky is an ever changing canvas with endless possibilities. In this post we have collected 25 sky & clouds stock photos from our free gallery.

Sky & clouds photos can be used for many things, they are very popular as backgrounds for posters, websites and even as overlays. With Photoshop you can create an atmospheric effect by dragging the the sky image into your working document, apply “Gaussian Blur” and then set the layer to “Overlay” or “Soft Light”, or you can experiment with the layer settings. The outcome is often surprising and by combining multiple images, you can create something really unique.

The stock photos below are from various sky and cloud formations, storm clouds, sunsets and almost clear skies. I hope you enjoy them, just click the images to go to the download page.

Beautiful clouds Free Stock Photo

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5 Professional Lightroom Presets You Must Have

If you are a photographer you’re probably already familiar with Adobe Lightroom as well as Photoshop. Both programs allow for add-ons and there’s a huge business online in creating and using them. Professional Lightroom presets as well as professional Photoshop actions (presets) have existed for years, and they can be a life saver, saving you a ridiculous amount of time and help you get the most of your photographs and of course making your clients happy.

The main difference between these two programs is that Lightroom was developed with photographers in mind, and as a veteran Lightroom and Photoshop user myself, I must say that Lightroom has really improved my workflow when it comes to post processing. I still find myself impressed how fast I can process my raw files and add beautiful presets with just a click of a button.

Thankfully for us, there are hundreds of talented photographers that are creating new presets every day. There are a lot of free ones out there, which is awesome, but sometimes it’s hard finding the preset that you need. Professional Lightroom presets always have a certain standard and the value of the presets posted below is something that you can save on a single job assignment.

Here are 5 professional Lightroom presets that you can check out. They are priced between $12 and $29, which is really good value for your money.

486 Pro Lightroom Presets Bundle

486 professional Lightroom presets.

These Lightroom presets were designed to speed up your workflow and bring high caliber creative looks to your photography. Effects range from subtle to dramatic and cover most photographic styles. Each Lightroom preset has been crafted with care to look great with a wide variety of images, with a single click.

486 professional Lightroom presets.

  • 486 pro Lightroom presets.
  • Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, 6 and CC.
  • Compatible with both Mac and PC.
  • Works on RAW and JPEG images.
  • Fully adjustable.
  • Future updates are free. New presets are added regularly.
  • Extended license automatically included

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Family Photography

Almost every family on the planet has a rich and vast culture. This fact opens up the possibilities for capturing unseen but yet powerful family photography. Due to the fact that every family has great stories to tell, just by seeing their habits with foreign eyes, is a tremendous invitation to any photographer in the pursuit of capturing and documenting meaningful stories.

Getting close to them, and even the self, is not easy though; because this require the photographer to get trusted into the intimate circle were the most beautiful and raw stories unravel. I believe that social skills are way more important than the technical aspects of photography in this stage of the discipline, not to say about the gear as well. Remember that Composition will enhance your own voice, so capturing with it should be embedded, and gear is just the tool you’ll be using to record such stories. There is nothing sadder than hearing gear related complaints and excuses while coping with other photographers.

Family Photography - Happy family on the beach By Merelize

Family Photography - Love story By kyaw kyaw win

I believe that doing Family Portraits is one thing, but crafting a body of work that shows the intimacy of a family in is most beautiful state, is completely different. Doing commercial family photography is not a bad thing, and many families are willing to cooperate in the process of achieving more natural images, because they are demanding natural looking photographs. Just look at the references they show when contacting photographers if you don’t believe me.Continue Reading this Post

Christmas Photography Ideas

Christmas is the most photogenic holiday of them all. Everything turns into a folk tale wherever we look. I encourage people to practice and always to keep their camera with them, but I understand that sometimes passion can be slowed down, and this statement is not always accomplished. Thanks to the miracle of Christmas, this downfall turns to be reverted and the mere presence of the holiday, can work as a spirit lifter for them to grab their cameras again and even capture some amazing Christmas Photography.

Christmas Photography Essays

In previous occasions, I have gone crazy documenting many things that happen in the Christmas context. One of them is the preparation of my own household, another great essay that I went through was about diners. All these essays have centered in how my family celebrate this beloved holiday for them. Maybe the images are not striking, but they speak true to myself in terms of family and my own history.

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Autumn Photography

Autumn is about the beautiful colors nature gives to us, this is no secret. But capturing such color has been around autumn photography since quite a time now, and there are some things you should keep in mind while doing the job.

Color Correction

This is something that happens mainly in post-production, and the best thing you can do is to shoot in RAW format. It doesn’t really matter if you are shooting in manual Kelvin degrees on camera, or just in auto (in terms of White Balance of course). Since you can easily correct the color in post-production. White Balance correction allows to create a more accurate mood things to color temperature and tint controllers.

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Changing Faces – Why You Need To Refresh Your Headshots

So you got yourself some professional headshots?

That’s a great move since if you’re an actor you know there is nothing more important for putting yourself out there: and if you’re in the business world then these days there is no excuse for not having a quality headshot on your website and social media.

Changing Faces – Why You Need To Refresh Your Headshots

The good news is that hopefully you’ve already seen professional advances thanks to your killer headshot but here’s the bad news. If that headshot is more than a couple of years old then you more than likely need to update it in order to keep seeing those advances. Continue Reading this Post

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