Anatomy Of An Amazing Photo Assignment

The company decided that instead of using the feed to simply promote its products.
By William Sawalich
One of the most distinctively 21st century commercial photo assignments is the social media shoot, in which a big-name brand contracts a photographer—usually a hip, young 20-something—to provide youthful authenticity with the help of their iPhones and their hip, stylish friends. These social media assignments are certainly intriguing, as they…

On Robert Frank

This piece in the New York Times serves not only as a retrospective of the great photographer's work, but it provides context as it tells the story of Frank's life, and his unique approach to making the most of it.
By William Sawalich
Here's a link to a huge, sprawling, wonderful piece about Robert Frank, who the New York Times calls "the most influential photographer alive." Frank is most famous for his book "The Americans," which was the result of a yearlong project that took him across the country as he photographed the…

Restoring And Colorizing An Old Photo In Three Minutes

Ultimately it's just really neat to see how effectively this badly damaged photo can be restored.
By William Sawalich
Here's a neat photographic time-lapse video that's unlike most others. This one features the work of Argentinian photographer and retoucher Joaquin Villaverde. He recorded two hours of meticulous Photoshop retouching and condensed it into a three-minute time-lapse video that shows how he restored a badly damaged vintage portrait print. My…

Newspaper Stands Up To Foo Fighters’ Bad Photography Contract

I'm glad to see more photographers and publications standing up for the rights of content creators.
By William Sawalich
First it was Taylor Swift, now it's the Foo Fighters. According to an article in the Washington City Paper, the newspaper decided not to send a photographer to cover the Foo Fighters when the band performed at a big Fourth of July party because of an unfair contract required by…

Canon Warns Against Fake Flashes

These fake flashes were neither designed nor built by Canon, but were definitely designed to look like the real thing.
By William Sawalich
I just bought myself a brand new Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite flash, and though I've only begun to figure out a fraction of this great flash's features, so far I love it. I'm sure plenty of other folks purchased their own new flashes and are feeling equally smitten, but some folks…

Pricing Images For Social Media Use

So how can a photographer like my friend come to reasonable terms with an advertiser regarding the value of images on social media? Enter this interesting read at the Imagebrief blog.
By William Sawalich
I have a friend, a fellow photographer, who has built quite a following on Instagram. He’s got 20,000-something followers compared to the 50 or so that I can claim. In short, he’s a bit of an Instagram superstar. And as such he’s constantly got brands—from carmakers to fashion brands—beating down…
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