Make A Shoebox Film Scanner

This technique uses nothing more than a shoebox and scrap paper to create a functional, affordable, 35mm film scanner.
By William Sawalich
Bad news: I don't read or speak Spanish, so I can't translate the text accompanying this video. Good news: this amazing video doesn't need any translating! No matter what language you may speak, this video makes crystal clear everything you need to know to build your own low-fi film scanner.…

Historical NASA Photographs

The images are wonderful, and some of them have literally never been seen outside of NASA labs.
By William Sawalich
The only thing cooler than NASA photographs are vintage NASA photographs. And this gallery from Aperture magazine is filled with beautiful black and white images of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions—including a print of the first photograph ever taken in space (pictured here). The images are wonderful, and some…

Photographing Beauty Around The World

Check out the powerful, beautiful portraits at Bored Panda
By William Sawalich
Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc traveled the world to create her latest project, "The Atlas of Beauty." For it, she photographed women from 37 countries in many different environments in a celebration of diversity and as an effort to remind viewers that beauty is everywhere. "It's not a matter of cosmetics…

Mark Seliger's Oscars Portraits

Impromptu celebrity portrait sittings at the Vanity Fair after-party yield beautiful results
By William Sawalich
Mark Seliger and his crew set up a portrait studio at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party and lots of celebrities stopped by. The photographer sent out many of the portraits via Instagram, and they're creating quite a buzz! These wonderful portraits from a world-class photographer are made even more amazing…

Photoshop Turns 25

The company hopes to grow from 3.5 million subscribers to more than 6 million by the end of 2015.
By William Sawalich
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Adobe Photoshop has been the industry standard photo editing software since version one. While some recent changes to the application caused quite a commotion (when Adobe converted the licensing from one-time-purchase to subscription) they were actually the first steps of bigger changes to come.…

Behind The Scenes Of A Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot

It's a great shot, and for anybody interested in the realities of commercial photography this "making of" story is a must-read.
By William Sawalich
Robert Seale is a Houston-based commercial and editorial photographer, and he just published a great behind-the-scenes story of the making of his photos—including the cover—for this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Seale was charged with photographing Houston Rockets star James Harden, and he selected a rooftop location atop a parking…
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