5 Master Portrait Photographers to Inspire You

Read photographer profiles on these five masters of portraiture
Photo of Malkovich as Warhol
If you’re going to learn from someone, you might as well learn from the best. That’s how we felt while looking back at some of our favorite portrait photographer profiles from Digital Photo Pro over the years. Today we’ve rounded up interviews with five master portrait photographers from DPP to inspire you to take more great pictures. Our... Read more

Body Control: Daisy Seilern-Aspang Talks About Her Images of Human Bodies Doing Incredible Things

Photographer overcomes her fear of heights to capture death-defying portraits
Photo from Body Control series 1
When you see Daisy Seilern-Aspang‘s death-defying portraits you might not believe they’re real. Or, at the very least, you could assume her shots of athletes and performers posing in what would appear to be extremely risky positions in her series “Body Control” were created mainly through the magic of Photoshop. That’s... Read more

In Your Face! Michael Grecco Discusses New Book of Classic Punk, Post-Punk & New Wave Music Photos

Never-before-seen concert and backstage photos document an unforgettable era in music history.
Photo of the Dead Kennedys
I often wonder what it would’ve been like to see some of my favorite punk rock bands of the late 1970s in their prime. Since groups like the Ramones, Sex Pistols and the Clash were all a little bit before my time, much of my experience watching these bands play in the cramped, grimy clubs where they first started out consists of viewing grainy... Read more

Harold Ross: Master Of Shadows

The art of light-painted landscapes at night
“If you think about painting a landscape at night,” says Ross, “the areas that are lit are lit, and the areas that aren’t lit are completely black, completely unlit. So, just by using the lighten blend mode in Photoshop, we can get rid of that darkness.” Great photography can be magical when the artist creates a sense of wonder through... Read more

Julie Blackmon: No Place Like Home

This Missouri-based fine-art photographer makes off-kilter images of domestic life that are anything but humble
“Airstream,” 2011. For the Dutch genre painters who inspire photographer Julie Blackmon, 17th-century domestic life offered a familiar subject that was warm and fuzzy on its varnished surface. Yet these artists often invested their seemingly mundane interiors with hidden meanings: They used expressions, gestures and props to suggest that the activities... Read more

Vincent Laforet: The Magic Of The City In Motion

An award-winning photographer experiments with long-exposures and aerials
Although large parts of Laforet’s new aerial images are blurred, other sections, like the distant skyscrapers in this nighttime aerial of Los Angeles, are sharp, crisp and detailed. To achieve such detail, Laforet told us that images like this one were captured using a medium-format camera system. Vincent Laforet first fell in love with shooting aerials... Read more

Nino Rakichevich’s Quest For Available Light

Why this fashion photographer generally avoids lighting gear when attending important events like Paris Fashion Week
This image was included in the “Enchanted Garden” editorial spread for the “Revolutionary Chic” editorial story in Al Sharkiah magazine. The model is Xenia Ryzhkavets, the fashion Designer, Julien Fournie, and the Fashion Editor and Stylist, Suna Moya. Growing up in Yugoslavia, Nino Rakichevich dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer. He... Read more

Lydia Panas Speaks Her Mind In Portraits

Learn how this photographer produces her psychologically charged portraits
Kitty With Black Tulle, 2011. From the series The Mark of Abel. “My work is so much about home,” says Lydia Panas, when describing her unique brand of conceptual portraiture. “At some level, it’s about where we come from and how that influences who we become.” Working primarily in the tranquil conditions of her 70-acre farm in rural Pennsylvania,... Read more

Lara Jade: Exploring The Essentials In Fashion And Portrait Photography

This New York City-based photographer examines what it takes to be successful in fashion and portrait photography
Fashion and portrait photographer Lara Jade got her start in photography as a young teenager growing up in Staffordshire, England, with interests in self-portraiture and conceptual art. These interests came to life thanks to a confluence of events: her final exams, for which she wanted to do a paper on illustration; the discovery of the DeviantArt online... Read more

Desiree Rios: Leaning Into Vision

A promising photojournalist gains her footing
Desiree Rios: Leaning Into Vision
Eliseo, Ama’s great grandson and the photographer’s second cousin, places his hand on Ama’s inside her home on November 5, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas. Fresh to the game, photojournalist and documentary photographer Desiree Rios has been out in the field covering news stories for only a couple of years, and she’s already a regular contributor... Read more