An Easy Way to Do a Realistic Sky Replacement in Photoshop

Photoshop has added new tools to do a professional-level sky replacement in an image.
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Replacing a boring sky in an outdoor photo by using software in post-production has gotten really popular lately, mostly because it’s gotten so easy. There are quite a few programs and apps out there that will do sky replacement in an image with the tap of key or the click of a mouse. While these “quick fixes” might be fine if you’re... Read more

How to Use Layer Masks in Photoshop: 5 Pro Tips

Get the most out of your Masks while editing your photos
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Working with Layer Masks is one of the backbones of image editing in Photoshop. But are you really getting the most out of your Layer Masks or do you find yourself making the same mistakes on your photos again and again? Software guru Colin Smith of photoshopCAFE is someone who has spent his whole career working with Layer Masks and he has some advice... Read more

On Assignment: The Art of Panning

Simon Bruty on how panning can make or break a sports photography assignment
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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... Read more
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Fast 4-Light Setup Produces Stunning Studio Portraits

Turn to this classic lighting arrangement when you're in a hurry
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If you’ve booked some studio time for your next portrait session but don’t have a ton of time to actually shoot it, here’s a fast and easy 4-light set-up from Eli Infante that will come in handy. In the below video tutorial, Infante shows you his four-light studio process using the Westcott FJ400 strobe set-up. Similar lighting from... Read more

Make Skin Tones Pop in Portraits with This Photoshop Technique

Add depth and shape to skin by creating "Zones" during editing
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Portraits don’t always look the way you want them to straight out of the camera. One of the biggest issues can be your subject’s skin tones, which may look dull or flat if not properly lit or if make-up – or a lack thereof – is off. Fortunately, there are many ways to tweak a portrait during post processing. And, of course, one of the... Read more

How I Made It: The Story Behind Anabel DFlux’s Powdery Pooch Photo

Dog photographer combines Holi powder and leaping Belgian Malinois into an exhilarating image
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Some photo concepts take months of brainstorming to produce. Others hit you like a bolt of lightning. Put Anabel DFlux’s striking shot of a colorfully powered dog leaping through the air in the “bolt of lightning” category. The powder, as we later learned, is similar to Gulal, a non-toxic substance used during the Hindu festival known... Read more

On Assignment: Diving with Dolphins

Surf photographer Zak Noyle on how he captured underwater images of these gorgeous aquatic creatures
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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... Read more

How to Avoid Burnout as a Photographer: 5 Tips

Decrease your stress with these suggestions from photographer Dane Isaac
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For a professional photographer these days, burnout seems inevitable. Clients are fickler, rates aren’t what they used to be, and let’s not even mention what the pandemic has done. But what if there was a way to avoid photographer burnout before it happens? New York City-based portrait and commercial photographer Dane Isaac says it can be... Read more

How I Made It: The Story Behind Zach Cooley’s Moon Shot

This eye-like single exposure took lots of planning and patience
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To say that Zach Cooley has an eye for capturing amazing photos of the moon would be an understatement. His series of nature photos featuring low-hanging shots of the moon seemingly interacting with the surrounding landscape, are the sort of images that make you stop on social media and say: “Wow, how did he get that?” No image has elicited... Read more

On Assignment: Why I Decided to Photograph My Own Portrait (And Why You Should Too!)

Self portraiture is a great way to put yourself in your client's shoes
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Digital Photo Pro’s new 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... Read more