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

This eye-like single exposure took lots of planning and patience
Photo of the moon by Zach Cooley
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

How to Create a Professional-Level YouTube Studio in a Small Space

6 tips to get you looking good on YouTube even if you live in a tiny apartment
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More and more pro photographers are starting YouTube channels to promote themselves and their work. But if you’re a photographer who hasn’t yet joined the YouTube craze, you’re probably wondering how to get started. And perhaps one of the most intimidating things about YouTube is figuring out how to create an attractive studio to shoot... Read more
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How I Made It: The Story Behind Eric Smith’s Surprising Whale Photo

The moral of the image: don't forget to look behind you!
Photo of whale by Eric Smith
Talk about a whale of a photo! Eric Smith captured the surprising image above about a year ago in Mexico just before the pandemic shut the world down. Smith’s shot surfaced again on social media this past week as a reminder of the way things were before group photo shoots like this became risky business. We caught up with Smith to find out the... Read more

On Assignment: How to Turn an Image from a Dream into a Real-Life Portrait

Regis and Kahran Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography explain the process behind one of their assignments
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Digital Photo Pro has launched a new monthly column called “On Assignment” where Canon Explorers of Light, past and present, will share a backstage look at one of their favorite assignments and how they delivered the goods. This month we go On Assignment... Read more

On Assignment: How to Use a Portrait Photography Self-Assignment to Spark Creativity

Photographer Vanessa Joy walks us through a recent self-assignment project while sharing tips
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Editor’s Note: Have you ever wondered how your favorite photographers capture the images they take? Starting this month, Digital Photo Pro will be launching a new monthly column called “On Assignment” where Canon Explorers of Light, past and present, will share a backstage look at one of their favorite assignments and how they delivered... Read more

How I Made It: The Story Behind Ira Block’s Photo of Myanmar

Location scouting and a clear goal helped produce a memorable image of Myanmar in a more peaceful time
Photo of Myanmar by Ira Block
Photographer and educator Ira Block recently shared the above photo he shot a few years ago in Myanmar on his social media pages the day after the country’s military staged a coup and arrested a large number of pro-democracy leaders including Myanmar’s president Aung San Suu Kyi. We wanted to learn more about the image and how Block captured... Read more

Travel Portrait Techniques

Follow these valuable tips when traveling abroad
Travel Portrait Techniques
Because I was prepared for some resistance to taking photos while visiting Morocco, I altered my approach and utilized a variety of compositional hacks to get some unique photos. I’ll just come out and say it: I love to travel with photography as my primary agenda. Everything from the decision-making process of where to visit to deciding which... Read more

Add Motion To Strobe-Lit Portraits By Dragging The Shutter

This slow-shutter-speed-with-flash technique adds a hint of motion and a lot of interest to portraits and fashion photographs
Add Motion To Strobe-Lit Portraits By Dragging The Shutter
Dragging the shutter works particularly well in settings with a bright background. In this case, the window light creates a silhouetted subject ready to be illuminated by a strobe—here softened by a large silk diffusion panel. That soft key light can sometimes look flat and plain, but the blur from dragging the shutter while handholding (visible particularly... Read more

As Numerous As The Stars

Take your astrophotography to the next level with these techniques
As numerous as the stars
With today’s cameras and lenses, it has never been easier to capture the stars and the Milky Way and get sharp, clean results. All it takes is some technical knowledge, patience and a good amount of practice. Before we start, I think it’s important to note that most of these images are the result of blending multiple exposures together in... Read more