See The ViDi

It's the third generation of the ViDi action camera, and it's available for pre-order now.
By William Sawalich
For every industry, there's a standard. And for every industry standard, there's always an upstart challenger. You'd be hard-pressed to argue that the GoPro doesn't set the standard in the world of action cameras. But the ubiquitous camera does have its flaws. For lots of users, the biggest flaw is…

Photography + Philanthropy = Fotolanthropy

Ten percent of the profits from the sale of Fotostrap go to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit organization with the mission of capturing and sharing true stores of people who have overcome adversity via photography and film.
By William Sawalich
Continuing the recent trend of highlighting philanthropic photographic avenues, allow me to call your attention to Fotostrap. It's a camera strap available in a variety of different styles in fabric and leather, and it's customizable with a monogrammed leather ergonomic shoulder pad. More important, let me call your attention to…

Momenta Pairs Photographers With Nonprofits

Momenta pairs students with local nonprofits to create photo or video stories that speak to the mission of the partner organization.
By William Sawalich
Not long ago I wrote about photographer Colby Brown and his philanthropic organization, The Giving Lens, which pairs photographers with NGO organizations worldwide for photo workshops with a higher purpose. Well I recently learned about another organization with a similar concept a little closer to home. It's called Momenta Workshops,…

Terra Flamma

Palley is certainly making something beautiful out of something terrible.
By William Sawalich
With deadly wildfires raging throughout the west, this collection of nighttime work from photographer Stuart Palley is particularly timely and poignant. Palley began photographing wildfires in California a few years ago, eventually turning the growing body of work into a new, Kickstarter-funded book he calls Terra Flamma. He uses long…

The Least-Visited National Park

This island destination is tough to get to, which may explain why it sees fewer visitors in a year than Yellowstone gets in a day.
By William Sawalich
I recently had the opportunity to interview landscape photographer Chris Miele for a profile in Outdoor Photographer magazine. I really enjoyed learning about the young man and his work. He dropped me a line just the other day to tell me about his most recent trip to the least visited…

A Photo Shoot In A Pool In The Studio

Here's a neat behind-the-scenes video that shows how Manso, using Broncolor strobes for the very first time.
By William Sawalich
I've faked a pool in my studio (using blue paper and a big sheet of rippled plexiglass) but only as an out of focus background. I've never actually built an real pond in my studio like Gonzaga Manso did for a recent Broncolor concept shoot. Here's a neat behind-the-scenes video…
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