/Darryl Lara

About Darryl Lara

I’m Darryl Lara. I have been into digital photography for the last seven years. I enjoy shooting portraits and macro photography. I also work as a freelance photographer and photo retoucher. I enjoy being in nature whether it be scuba diving or trekking. Several other interests include sports, music, automobiles and working out. You might say that photography runs in the family as several other relatives are either professional or hobbyist photographers. The camera is my constant travel companion and I look forward to seeing more of the world. I also have a passion for writing blogs about my work and helping others become better in this craft. I hope you enjoy my photos and posts. I look forward to meeting other shutterbugs in my photography adventures.
15 02, 2017

Portrait Photography: Shooting Outdoor Portraits

By |2018-03-15T07:01:08-08:00February 15th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

Shooting outdoor portraits is something that should be in every photographer’s repertoire. Doing outdoor photo shoots is one of the easiest ways you can master photography. It can also be the starting point for a photography career. I started out shooting portraits around seven years ago by accident. Ever since the first time, I grew to [...]

11 02, 2017

Portrait Photography: My Photography Workflow

By |2017-02-08T07:54:15-08:00February 11th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

Every shooter has his or her unique photography workflow. I figured mine out early on and it has been evolving. I want to share it and perhaps influence others to develop a similar workflow or even a better one than mine. While the title says it is for portraits, it can be a viable for almost [...]

9 02, 2017

Shooting with a Macro Extension Tube

By |2017-02-08T21:45:51-08:00February 9th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|0 Comments

The macro extension tube is a tool in macro photography that hasn’t had much utilization. Most macro photographers opt for macro filters or reverse rings. But the macro extension tubes can work as well or even better than any other device that adds magnification to your lens. I have been using the macro tube for over [...]

6 02, 2017

Shooting Your First Engagement Photo Shoot

By |2017-04-10T23:16:56-08:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|2 Comments

The engagement photo shoot has become a trend lately. Before, the couple only had photos of their wedding ceremony and reception. Engagement photo shoot sessions or e-sessions as they are called are used in invitation, a teaser video for the wedding and for the “save the date” banners to advertise the wedding. I started out shooting [...]

2 02, 2017

Photoshop Tips: Frequency Separation Retouching

By |2017-02-02T05:45:09-08:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

Frequency separation retouching has become a popular portrait retouching technique. It is an easy way to edit portraits to clean out blotches and imperfections without worrying about loss of detail or texture. It is the technique used by magazine editors to clean photos of models especially for closeup shots. I have been doing photoshop retouching for [...]

29 01, 2017

The Debate: Shooting RAW vs JPEG

By |2017-05-14T23:56:57-08:00January 29th, 2017|Categories: Pro Photography|3 Comments

The debate of shooting RAW vs JPEG has gone on for a very long time. Ever since the first cameras that could shoot RAW were introduced, photographers have been divided on which is the better format. The reasons for shooting either also vary with every shooter. I have been shooting from a time before digital photography [...]

24 01, 2017

Family Portrait Photography: Taking Fun Family Photographs

By |2017-03-07T23:56:03-08:00January 24th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|0 Comments

I have been shooting family portraits for several years now. I accidentally stumbled into the genre when I was asked to fill in for a peer who was sick on the day of the shoot. Ever since then, I have been doing family portraits especially during the holiday season. Creating and taking interesting family portraits can [...]

19 01, 2017

Nifty Fifty Lens: Why Get the 50mm Prime

By |2017-03-08T00:38:41-08:00January 19th, 2017|Categories: Gear and Tools|Tags: |0 Comments

The 50mm prime lens which is also called the Nifty Fifty Lens has been a staple of countless photographers since it was first introduced. I started with a Pentax ME Super that came with a Pentax-A 50mm F1.7 lens around two decades ago. Even to this day, the 50mm lens is still found in the camera [...]

9 01, 2017

Portrait Photography: Taking Creative Beauty Shots

By |2017-01-09T03:56:36-08:00January 9th, 2017|Categories: How-to Tips|4 Comments

One of my favorite types of portrait photography is taking creative beauty shots or what we know as headshots. Beauty shots are close-up portraits that are typically done in a controlled environment like a studio. Headshots can be used for several purposes like the portfolio of an actor, to showcase the makeup or hair styling the [...]

8 01, 2017

Wedding Photography: How to Shoot Creative Wedding Portraits

By |2017-01-09T08:48:54-08:00January 8th, 2017|Categories: Pro Photography|Tags: |3 Comments

Shooting creative wedding portraits can be one of the most rewarding things a photographer will ever do in his career. Every photographer I know has considered being a wedding photographer as a profession at some point. Some of us got lucky and landed jobs shooting weddings and events. I remember that I was fairly new in [...]

4 01, 2017

Tips for Concert Photography: Shooting Your First Concert

By |2017-03-14T13:22:52-08:00January 4th, 2017|Categories: Pro Photography|4 Comments

Concert photography is a very fun and enjoyable thing to do. You not only get to listen to good music, you also get a chance to create fantastic photographs to share to the world. Taking photos of concerts can also be your ticket to a professional photography career. Taking photos of your first concert photography gig [...]