Use Reflectors For Portraits On Cloudy Days

I'm a big believer in the power of photographic simplicity, especially when it comes to lighting technique.
By William Sawalich
I'm a big believer in the power of photographic simplicity, especially when it comes to lighting technique. Some of the best portraits I've ever made have happened outside of the studio, in nice soft open shade or overcast light. And for those, I find that pretty much all I need…

A talk With Photojournalist David Guttenfelder

The Atlantic's In Focus blog is a tremendous resource for appreciating fine photojournalism.
By William Sawalich
The Atlantic's In Focus blog is a tremendous resource for appreciating fine photojournalism. And that's exactly what you can do with this tremendous post about photographer David Guttenfelder. I was unfamiliar with his name, but had definitely seen some of his amazing work. Guttenfelder just won the 2013 Infinity Awards…

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The term "genius" gets thrown around pretty freely… which means I don't feel too bad for doing it again right now.
By William Sawalich
The term "genius" gets thrown around pretty freely… which means I don't feel too bad for doing it again right now. I'm going to call myself a genius for this brilliantly simple idea. I recently had a photographer friend shoot a job for a good client of mine while I…

Photoshop To Go From "For Sale" To "For Rent"

Say goodbye to buying Photoshop.
By William Sawalich
Say goodbye to buying Photoshop. Adobe announced last week that going forward it will no longer sell its Creative Suite of software in a "perpetual license" model. From now on, the formerly optional subscription service the company calls Creative Cloud will now be the only way the software—including Photoshop—will be…

Photos Of Wreckage With Happy Endings

Here's a fascinating collection of photographs that may at first glance appear to be a bit intense, but you don't have to feel bad about viewing any of them.
By William Sawalich
Here's a fascinating collection of photographs that may at first glance appear to be a bit intense, but you don't have to feel bad about viewing any of them. They each depict "genuine miracles." Photographer Dietmar Eckell has traveled the world photographing the wreckage of downed airplanes in which all…

Find Your Camera's Built-In Level

Longtime readers will note that I've never claimed to be an expert on all the minutiae of my camera.
By William Sawalich
Longtime readers will note that I've never claimed to be an expert on all the minutiae of my camera. And yet I'm still surprised on a regular basis by all the things I don't know. For instance, I've been using a 5D Mark 3 since its release, and only yesterday…
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