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Professional Photography 101 - Professional Photography Tips

Learn professional photography, photography lighting, photographic lighting, portrait lighting, portrait photography, photography business, wedding photography, photography studio lighting, photo lighting, and other photography tips and techniques from articles written by a working professional photographer. Care to join our mailing list?

Professional Photography 101 offers free professional photography tips, articles, photography job and career lessons to teach the professional photographer, the intermediate and advanced photography student, how to further their knowledge in the craft, art, and skills needed for a career in professional photography.


Some of the articles and sections contained on this page are about commercial photography, wedding photography, professional modeling, model posing, marketing for the professional photographer, portrait photography, portrait lighting, professional photography portfolios, photography business related issues, and even how to become a professional photographer.  There are also how-to case studies of some very interesting commercial studio shoots, location shoots, and food photographs, where the professional photographer explains exactly how the photo was taken.

Professional Photography 101 - Want to become a Professional Photographer?

What's it like to be a professional Photographer? What are the steps I would need to take to become a professional? What photographic equipment do I need to become a photographer? What makes one photographer better than another? What should a professional photography portfolio consist of? Questions like these, and many more are answered on this site. Enjoy your time here, bookmark us, and visit often to see what new information has added.

Included on this site are professional commercial photographs with explanations on how those photographs were taken, including lighting diagrams and equipment lists. Also, there are essays written by professional photographers explaining different aspects of the industry and various theories relating to the profession of commercial photography.

Professional Photography 101 Overview

Portrait Lighting 101
Everything you always wanted to know about portrait photography and portrait lighting, including a business portrait lighting set-up.

The Professional Photography Career Guide
This site is targeted to the high school student looking to explore photography as a possible career, or maybe the advanced amateur looking to make a career change.

Professional Photography Model Posing 101
Posing tips for models and photographers alike. Also, tips for becoming a professional model.

Professional Wedding Photography 101
Learn the tips tricks and techniques of becoming a wedding photographer.

Professional Photography Equipment 101
Professional photography equipment needed to become a professional photographer or to equip a professional photo studio.

Professional Photography Business 101
Learn various aspects of the photography business including marketing, photography promotion, and portfolio development.

Professional Photography Lighting Techniques 101
A site dedicated to understanding the techniques and princilpes of photography lighting and photography lights.

Professional Sports Photography 101
Tips Tricks, and, Techniques for the amateur sports photographer. (Still in the very early stages of development)

Photography School Information 101
A collection of articles and information related to photography schools and becoming a professional photographers.

The Best Photographers In The World (coming soon)

Headshot Photography Directory
A listing of the best model and actor headshot photographers in the world!


Professional Photography 101 demonstration pages showing a photograph and then explaining how the photograph was created.

Amateur and novice professional photographers often find it fascinating to see how professional commercial photographers create the kind of photographs that look as good as they do. This web site is dedicated to first showing you a photograph and then explaining in detail, how that photograph was created. Many of the explanations include lighting diagrams and other details such as a list of specific equipment used in creating the photograph. Camera, lenses, apertures, shutter speeds, client interaction, and tricks of the trade are all discussed.

Food Photography

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What to look for when selecting an online school for food photography (or any other type of photography)

Online Food Photography Classes - Starting in April 2011, taught by Michael Ray

The Perfect Digital Food Photography Lens
I found a new DSLR food photography lens that I just love!

Best camera angle for food photography
So what's the best camera angle for food photography? This article explains the options and points out the pros and cons.

How to photograph food
How-to article, quite detailed written by a professional food photographer, Me!.

Food blog photography for food bloggers
Learn how to photograph food using professional food photography techniques and non-professional equipment.

Which is the best lens for food photography?
Why choose a particular lens? What's the difference?

Learn to capture steam when photographing food
Professional Food photographer gives you some tips, tricks, and techniques on how to capture steam when photographing food.

Shine, glare and reflections in food photography (good and bad)
Why are reflections sometimes a good thing.

Food Photography Fruit splash (how-to)
Step-by-step discussion of how to do a "splash" photograph in water. Photographer talks about flash duration and timing.

Learn how to photograph soup
Photographing soup is one of a professional photographer's toughest assignments. Learn the tips, tricks and techniques of the pros.

Digital Food Photography Tips
Digital Food Photography tips from a professional food photographer, directed toward the novice shooter.

Tricks of the trade in food photography
A list of items that every photographer should have at hand.

Learn how to buy Food Stock Photography - This is actually a directory of Stock food photography and a few paragraphs on buying stock.

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Visit the Professional Photography 101 Daily blog - tips, Tricks, and comments on what it's like being a professional Photographer.


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Portrait Photography

Portrait Lighting 101
Everything you always wanted to know about portrait photography and portrait lighting, including a business portrait lighting set-up.

Portrait photography lighting set-up
Sample of a proven portrait lighting setup used for business and personal individual photography portraits (with samples).

Portrait photography lighting set-up names
Learn the names and see samples of the various lighting setups so that you can better communicate with others.

Portrait Lighting - Umbrellas or Light Boxes?
Portrait Photographers wonder which is better for portrait photography.

Portrait lighting diagrams
See the portrait lighting diagrams that the professional portrait photographers understand and use every day.

Portrait Photography Lighting Tips
Testimonial portrait photography lighting project with lighting diagram.

Environmental Portrait Lighting Techniques
Learn how to manipulate the ambient light to give you the best portrait lighting possible.

Lighting for portait photography
Sometimes you don't want dramatic lighting but you still want to make a nice portrait. Here's how to create nice open commercial portrait lighting sutups


Wedding Photography

Wedding photography 101
Learn the tips tricks and techniques of becoming a wedding photographer

Part #1 - How to become a Wedding Photographer
Advice on becoming a professional Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography - Film or digital?
What's better to shoot, digital or film...
You might be surprised.

Wedding Photography Shot List
If you're going to shoot weddings, you should
have a shot list as a starting point.

Amazon's Five Star Books on Wedding Photography
If you want to learn more about wedding photography here's the place to look.


Professional Photography as a Career

The Professional Photography Career Guide
This site is targeted to the high school student looking to explore photography as a possible career, or maybe the advanced amateur looking to make a career change.

How to become a professional photographer
A professional photographer tells how he would suggest someone to pursue a career in professional commercial photography.

Photography School Information
A collection of articles and information related to photography schools and becoming a professional photographers.

Photography School Directory
A listing of photography schools from around the USA.

Photography School - What They Don't Teach You
Here are some photography tips and tricks that they don't teach in photography school.

How to choose an online fiid photography school
What to look for when selecting an online school for food photography (or any other type of photography)


Posing Models for Photography

Professional Photography Model Posing 101
Posing tips for models and photographers alike. Also, tips for becoming a professional model.

How to become a model
From a photographer's perspective.


Professional Photography Business

Professional Photography Business 101
Learn various aspects of the photography business including marketing, photography promotion, and portfolio development.

SEO for Photographers
This article tell you how to place higher on Google and other search engines, and will increase your income more than any other article on this web page.

Twitter for photographers - If you're a photographer and you're on Twitter, you need to see this...

Marketing Concepts for photographers
E-mailers, mailers, promotions, web pages, and other promotional devices for photographers.

The Perfect Photography Email Marketing Emailer
This is what I think is the perfect email marketing design.  This is always a subject of much controversy among photographers

Email Marketing for Photographers
Professional photographers are depending more and more on email marketing. This article discusses photo emailers (second page includes email marketing design and frequency).

The ladder of understanding
What makes one photographer better than another?

Morning Light...
A discussion of terms used in commercial photography and what they may actually mean.

The Photographic Portfolio
A professional photographer gives his views on how to develop and present a professional photography portfolio.

K.I.T. - Keeping In Touch with clients.
Low pressure marketing and advertising techniques for the professional commercial photographer.

Art Direction via email
A discussion of the trends toward art direction via email.

How to become a better Photographer
Professional photographer's advice on how to get better at photography.


Photography Lighting Technique

Professional Photography Lighting Techniques 101
A site dedicated to understanding the techniques and princilpes of photography lighting and photography lights.

Photographic Lights
A discussion the different types of photographic light sources available to the professional photographer.

Bigger is not always better.
An essay about photographic light sources size.

Basic Photographic Lighting concepts
An explanation of the basic concepts of professional photographic lighting.

Photography Lighting Techniques
There is one best place to position every light in a photographer's light source.

'True' fill light
You've heard of a main light and a fill light, right. What is the purpose of a fill light and why most photographers don't use one, even if they think they do?

Studio Tabletop Lighting
Professional Photographer shows you his tabletop lighting by showing you the background, without the products.

Photographing lasers (coming soon)
Learn how to photograph lasers on location using special techniques.


Sports Photography

Professional Sports Photography 101
Tips Tricks, and, Techniques for the amateur sports photographer. (Still in the very early stages of development)


Professional Photography Equipment

Professional Photography Equipment 101
Professional photography equipment needed to become a professional photographer or to equip a professional photo studio.

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You don't need a freakin light meter!
Save your money. They're obsolete.

Photographic Lights
A discussion the different types of photographic light sources available to the professional photographer.


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