Learning to photograph people is a rite of passage for any photographer. When it comes to portrait photography, there’s so much to consider: lighting, posing, hair & make-up… not to mention post-production retouching. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, these four tutorials will help you develop your portrait photography skills:

1. How To Shoot Dreamy Backlit Portraits With Natural Light

Portrait photographer Lisa Holloway is known for her photos of children full of emotion and gorgeous natural light. Learn her tricks for photographing kids using sunshine as your light source.

Elliott & His Hen by Lisa Holloway on 500px.com

2. How I Captured & Processed the Most Popular Portrait I’ve Ever Taken

Warui Belmont‘s tutorial guides photographers through his studio lighting setup using strobes—complete with a lighting diagram—and shares his Photoshop editing process to enhance colour and details.

Desirability by Warui Belmont on 500px.com

3. Pro Tip: Use Leading Lines to Enhance Your Portraits

This tutorial—courtesy of Weekly Imogen—will teach you how to draw attention to your subject through composition to create a dynamic portrait.

autumnal mood by Karen  Abramyan on 500px.com

4. The Secrets To Shooting And Processing Natural Light Portraits by Jessica Drossin

Jessica Drossin shares her tips for using post-processing to bring your natural light portraits to life. Learn the subtleties of balancing light and shadows from start to finsih.

The Poet by Jessica Drossin on 500px.com

Do you have any portrait tips of your own? Share them in the comments below—or even better, share your favorite portrait and we may share it on social media.