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

How I Made It: The Story Behind Jason Vinson’s Fiery Fall Photo

An autumnal tree, a kissing couple and exquisite lighting combine to make a great image
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Summer has just begun but Jason Vinson’s photo at the top of this story really puts us in an autumn mood. Shot as part of an engagement session, the kissing couple in the photo appear to form the trunk of the tree that explodes in auburn flames above them. We wanted to learn more about this fiery photo, particularly how it was lit – the lighting... Read more
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On Assignment: Setting the Pace

Bruce Dorn on always trying something new as a photographer
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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 Bruce... Read more

How to Use an Inflatable Pool as a Dramatic Backdrop for Portraits

This DIY backyard set-up will help catch the eye of clients
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Here’s a clever do-it-yourself photography project to try out this summer. In the below video, photographer Irene Rudnyk shows you how she set up an inflatable kiddie pool in her backyard and used it as a dramatic backdrop for a portrait/fashion session. “I actually tried doing this concept in my living room this winter, which was honestly... 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

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 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