The Proper Placement of a Reflector as a Key Light

It’s the most powerful key light you’ll ever need, as long as you know how to use it
By William Sawalich
A simple reflector might be the best, most powerful key light you ever need. As long as you know how to use it, that is. Proper placement of a reflector is especially important when using the reflector as a key light (in open shade, for instance). Here’s a great tip…

Blair Bunting Unearths Some Great Portraits

The super-talented commercial photographer shares some unseen images from Deadliest Catch
By William Sawalich
Our good friend and super-talented commercial photographer Blair Bunting dropped us a line the other day to tell us about a new blog post he was planning. It’s all about some recently uncovered images from several years back when he was photographing an ad campaign for the Discovery Channel’s popular…

How to Communicate with Aliens Via Photographs

This selection of NASA-approved images is a case study in non-verbal communication
By William Sawalich
Way back in 1977, as NASA was preparing the Voyager 1 space probe for lift off, the space agency selected 116 images to share with whoever may eventually find the probe—be it alien life forms or simply future generations of earthlings. Voyager 1 is now somewhere around 12 billion miles…

Don’t Tread on the Rights of Photojournalists

A great read on what happened when some people who should be working to protect the rights of journalists temporarily lost their minds
By William Sawalich
With all the tumult in the world today, a free press—which includes photographers—is more important than ever. To that end, I’d like to talk about the fallout from last week’s University of Missouri student protests and the challenges made to the first amendment by some university faculty and staff who—seeing…

The Creative Use Of Deliberate Lens Flare

The use of lens flare as a visual device has only increased in popularity in the intervening decades
By William Sawalich
I’m a big fan of Michael Mann’s 1995 crime drama “Heat.” In its penultimate scene, when detective Al Pacino is chasing criminal Robert De Niro around the runways of LAX after dark, the airport lights and incoming air traffic not only create tension in the ever-changing lighting, but tremendous opportunities…

Throwback Thursday: The Clunky, Cumbersome Origins Of The Digital Camera

It’s fun to see a photographer show how he uses his $20,000 Fuji Nikon to capture image files
By William Sawalich
“With digital technology like this, driving to your local photomat could be a thing of the past.” With that quote, a CNET reporter back in 1995 ushered in a new era in photography, one in which photographers abandoned conventional film cameras in favor of digital capture devices that store image…
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