No More Holgas

The rumors about a new Holga factory were untrue
By William Sawalich
I was minding my own business on Facebook the other day when I saw a post from Patrick White, the Director of Merchandising for Freestyle Photographic Supplies in Los Angeles. I know Freestyle primarily as the North American distributor of everybody’s favorite plastic camera, the Holga. Well it turns out…

Check Out The Penclic

There’s a neat new device I’ve been playing with called the Penclic Mouse
By William Sawalich
Well, the holiday shopping season is officially here. I hope you’re not spending this “black Friday” in line at some big box retailer waiting to get a VCR for 95 cents. Instead, why don’t you stay inside where it’s nice and warm, eat a few leftovers and read about all…

Happy Thanksgiving!

These Thanksgiving-themed how-to articles are sure to get you in the holiday spirit
By William Sawalich
Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader. Hopefully your day will be more about relaxing with family and dining on your favorite comfort foods, but if you’re looking to learn a little about photography today might I suggest you take a look at this collection of 19 Thanksgiving-related photography tutorials compiled by Digital…

If Only I’d Known Then What I Know Now

McNally’s advice is valuable for any photographer looking to make a go of a career in these challenging times
By William Sawalich
Oh, the many things I wish I’d known when I was just starting out as a photographer. I’ve got a list a mile long that includes the simple advice to value my own work (because if I don’t, nobody else will) and the suggestion that I get out there and…

Ansel Adams Photographed American Internment Camps

In 1943, Ansel Adams was invited by his friend Ralph Merritt to photograph the large Manzanar relocation camp
By William Sawalich
They say those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Well hopefully we won’t let our irrational fears overcome us yet again and repeat the mistakes our government made during World War II when internment camps were created to forcibly house more than 100,000 people of Japanese origin—nearly two-thirds…

Reuters Bans RAW Photos

They want in-camera JPEGs and only those JPEGs
By William Sawalich
In an effort to curb unethical over-manipulation by unscrupulous photojournalists, news agency Reuters has issued a worldwide ban on its photographers submitting images made from RAW files. If a photographer still wants to shoot RAW, that’s fine—but they must shoot JPEGs too, and submit only the JPEG image files. It…
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