How to Pose Female Clients for Flattering Portraits

Jerry Ghionis shares his secrets for posing women
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Knowing how to pose women for flattering photos is essential to having a successful portrait photography career. But even some experienced pros might need a refresher course on great poses for non-models. That’s where Jerry Ghionis comes in with his excellent free tutorial below with tips on how to pose women. “This video is all about demystifying... Read more

Sharpen Images by Blurring (Yes, Blurring) Them in Photoshop

It might sound counterintuitive but it works
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Here’s a great Photoshop trick that might seem counterintuitive: you can sharpen an image by blurring it first. In the below tutorial, Photoshop guru Unmesh Dinda shows you this handy technique for portraits, but it works for any photo that needs precise sharpening in post-processing. In the video, Dinda explains how this technique sharpens images... Read more

On Assignment: Creating a Rippling Water Light Effect

Lindsay Adler hits the pool to capture a shimmering portrait
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Digital Photo Pro’s monthly column “On Assignment” is where Canon Explorers of Light, past and present, share a backstage look at one of their favorite assignments and how they delivered the goods. This month we go On Assignment with portrait... Read more
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This Dodge & Burn Technique Gives Portraits an Edge

Harness the power of a classic method through Photoshop
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(Editor’s Note: James Patrick is an award-winning photographer, best-selling author, entrepreneur coach, podcast host and public speaker based in Phoenix, AZ. You can learn more about him at JamesPatrick.com. Read his DPP story on how to create cover photos that sell here.) Certainly, dodging and burning is a photo technique that’s been... Read more

How I Made It: The Story Behind Marla Michele Must’s Romantic Senior Portrait

An endearing couple create a twist on a traditional senior portrait
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To professional photographers, a “senior portrait” is typically captured of a graduating high school senior. To the general public, however, it might resemble something closer to the image at the top of this story by portrait artist Marla Michele Must. Must’s photo showing an elderly couple on the cusp of their 50th wedding anniversary... Read more

How I Made It: The Story Behind Laretta Houston’s Swimsuit Shot of Winnie Harlow

A liberating moment in the surf captured for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit
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There’s something liberating about Laretta Houston‘s photo of Winnie Harlow at the top of this story. Shot for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Houston captures Harlow in a moment of pure release, her back arched and head tilted towards the sun as the milky surf churns below her. It’s no surprise that Houston’s photo quickly went... Read more

On Assignment: Peak Photography

Erin Babnik hikes the French Alps to shoot nature photography
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Digital Photo Pro’s monthly column “On Assignment” is where Canon Explorers of Light, past and present, share a backstage look at one of their favorite assignments and how they delivered the goods. This month we go On Assignment with Erin... Read more

5 Warning Signs You May Be Over-Editing Your Photos

When it comes to post-processing, there's editing and there's over-editing.
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When it comes to post-processing your images, there’s editing and there’s over-editing. And because Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom are such powerful photo programs, there’s a thin line between an image that looks over-processed and one that looks just right. Pro landscape photographer Mark Denney is someone who has learned the hard... Read more

5 Mistakes that Make Pro Photographers Look Like Amateurs

Why are you making these same old errors in your work?
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You’ve spent a lot of time, energy and hard work building a pro photography career so why are you making the same old mistakes that undermine your success? That’s the gist of pro portrait photographer Manny Ortiz‘s opinionated video below where he outlines “five mistakes that make you look like an amateur photographer.” As... Read more

How to Pose Men: 10 Minutes of Tips & Techniques

It's no secret that most male clients don't know how to pose themselves properly
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It’s no secret that most male wedding and portrait clients don’t know how to pose themselves properly. That’s why it’s always good to have a refresher course on the fundamentals of how to pose men to ensure you capture flattering photos that will please your clients. In the below video, photographer Pye Jirsa shares practical,... Read more