Photographer Wins Photo Competition, Loses It Days Later

The award should have gone to fellow photographer Nicholas Walker was notified shortly after the event that he, in fact, should have been the winner.
By William Sawalich
Poor fella. The only thing worse than not winning a photographic competition you've entered is being told you've won, and then having the rug pulled out from under you later. That's what happened to Australian photographer Mike Bowers, who applied for the Kennedy Foundation award, attended the gala, and was…

How Not To Buy A Fake DSLR

The camera was technically a real enough D7000, but its external printed serial number didn't match the internal serial number revealed in the firmware.
By William Sawalich
Poor Craig Skinner. He bought a new Nikon D7000 last year and when it recently needed repair he sent it to Nikon. Then he received an unfortunate phone call, explaining why the company was unable to repair it: "It's not genuine. It's fake." It turns out that in his quest…

Learn Photography From The Movies

There are countless photographic documentaries out there, and they can be a wonderful way of broadening your understanding of the art and craft of photography.
By William Sawalich
I've been fortunate, over the years, to learn from hundreds of world-class photographers, and I remember bits of advice each of them shared with me. But I also have learned from some of the greatest masters of the medium, even those who were gone long before I arrived, via virtual…

Ryan Schude’s New Book

Roads publishes a retrospective of ten years' worth of Schude's work in a new book called, appropriately, Schude.
By William Sawalich
Photographer Ryan Schude makes some very unique work. He creates big-scale productions in which he functions as much like a movie director as a photographer. There's a lot of action at any given moment in one of his frames, and he uses multiple exposures and lots of actors to create…

New Tech Removes Reflections

Researchers at Google and MIT have developed the algorithm and, at least in the video demo they released, the results are pretty amazing.
By William Sawalich
If you've ever tried taking a picture through a window you know how tricky those darn reflections can be. You're in a hotel, for instance, and you'd like to take a picture of the view out your window, but instead you end up with a picture that's half outside skyline…

The Giving Lens

"We work with organizations that do clean drinking water projects, species preservation, women's rights, all sorts of stuff," Brown says.
By William Sawalich
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with humanitarian photographer Colby Brown, who travels the world making not only landscapes and travel photos, but working to help people in need wherever he finds them. To that end he's actually started a company with the purpose of combining photographic education with…
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