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

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

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