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Oakland, CA 94602Oakland, CA 94602

Francis Baker Photography is a studio that specializes in photographing people and their elements. Owner/photographer Francis Baker has made visual art from a broad range of subjects and situations, from a chef preparing a meal to a bride planning her wedding day to a business executive taking an important phone call. Clients have commented that Baker has a knack for making art from the mundane. Baker’s unique style uses a 19th Century process referred to as gum bichromate, which makes use of contact negatives to produce a final image. Baker primarily serves businesses and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, though travel and location-based photography is also an option.

Oakland, CA 94602Oakland, CA 94602

Website(415) 994-3776

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Oakland, CA 94601Oakland, CA 94601

Light Illusions Photography has specialized in portrait photos for clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2002. The studio can cater to sessions for maternity, children, headshots, models, weddings, sports, pinups, commercial products, boudoir and nude shoots, fine art, events, fashion/fitness, and performance/dance. A photobooth is also available, and people can review the photographer's equipment and past work on the group's site. Photographer Tiffany Davis studied photography with Professor David Kerr at Skyline College and has been published in CCSF's Magazine and in City College of San Francisco’s newspaper, has photographed the San Francisco Giants, and was a freelance photographer for Tesla Motors as well.

Oakland, CA 94601Oakland, CA 94601

Website(650) 937-9314

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6 (Good)

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Oakland, CA 94610Oakland, CA 94610

Based in Oakland, CA, Manalo Pictures has been serving the surrounding Bay Area since 2010 with creative and compelling portrait photography and cinematic video from its boutique studio. Principal photographer and owner Gregory Manalo takes a hands-on approach to his craft. Fashion photography is one of his specialties, where he has worked with stylists and designers like Michael Gregory Allen and The Neo Dandy Fashion Collective. Gregory Manalo is also an expert in promotional and film content, as he shoots, edits, writes, and directs all projects that he undertakes. In addition to fashion and film, Manalo also uses his cinematic and photographic skill to capture individual and group dance. His many commercial clients include the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel Channel, eBay, Sephora, PC World, and Discovery Digital Networks.

Oakland, CA 94610Oakland, CA 94610

Website(510) 612-9867

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Alameda, CA 94501Alameda, CA 94501

Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography is a photography company in Alameda, California, serving clients for more than 25 years. They have successfully served editorial, commercial, and non-profit clients throughout the years. Their photo services include corporate: executive head shot portraits, corporate: event and conference photography, healthcare, and non-profit. Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography offers portraits, healthcare photography, corporate photography, education photography, photography for non-profits, lifestyle photography, and more. They have worked for the gay prom, Portrait of the AIDS Generation, documentary projects, and iPhoneography. Saul Bromberger & Sandra Hoover Photography is a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America, International Association of Business Communicators, and San Francisco Chapter of AIGA.

Alameda, CA 94501Alameda, CA 94501

Website(510) 522-1495

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who are the most famous master portrait photographers?
A: In the early 1900s, Man Ray and Ansel Adams were two of the most famous portrait photographers, producing fine art images with famous and non-famous subjects. Today, Annie Leibovitz is one of the most recognized names in portrait photography.
Q: What are some examples of portrait photography techniques?
A: One useful trick when taking a portrait with artificial light is to diffuse your light source. Rather than have harsh spotlights on your sitter, reflect it off a nearby wall for a more natural effect. You can also try using gels, which can change the color of the light.
Q: Should props be included in a portrait?
A: Traditional portrait photography rarely includes props, though many photographers believe the right prop can add personality to the image. If you're going to use a prop, make sure it adds something meaningful to the photo or reveals something about your sitter.

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