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
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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

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

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