New Mac Pro for A New Era

I'm in the midst of pondering an upgrade to my aging Mac Pro desktop computer.
By William Sawalich
I'm in the midst of pondering an upgrade to my aging Mac Pro desktop computer. It was my understanding that Apple would be ending support for the Mac Pro and moving users to a more iMac-centric experience, but last week's announcement of the new, R2D2-meets-Darth-Vader Mac Pro set me straight.…

Get A Kick Of Light

You may or may not be supportive of the idea of using an iPhone in place of a camera, but whatever your stance on the use of an iPhone for photography, I'm betting you'll have no problem with the idea of turning your iPhone into an LED light.
By William Sawalich
You may or may not be supportive of the idea of using an iPhone in place of a camera, but whatever your stance on the use of an iPhone for photography, I'm betting you'll have no problem with the idea of turning your iPhone into an LED light. No, it's…

Photographing Kids At Home

I'm no expert child photographer, but I have strong opinions about it.
By William Sawalich
I'm no expert child photographer, but I have strong opinions about it. Namely, I am passionately opposed to ridiculous props and heavily styled baby photos that simply treat the child as a prop in an otherwise complex scene—which is usually a scene that's emulating another artist's work, as well. Who…

Add A GoPro To Your DSLR

You know, I think this concert photographer is a pretty smart guy.
By William Sawalich
You know, I think this concert photographer is a pretty smart guy. He's Pierre Bourgault, and I think he's smart because he stuck a GoPro video camera on top of his DSLR to cover a recent assignment—and that's something that I've done too. The GoPro is such a compact HD…

Silent Shooting

I was recently shooting an assignment in which I was frequently changing camera settings.
By William Sawalich
I was recently shooting an assignment in which I was frequently changing camera settings. Without realizing it, suddenly my Canon EOS 5D Mark III was in silent mode, making the quietest little "snick" sound with every release of the shutter. Gone was the loud "kachunk" of the normal single shot…

When Life Gives You Lemons...

When life gives you lemons, turn it into lemonade.
By William Sawalich
When life gives you lemons, turn it into lemonade. That's how the saying goes, anyway, though it's easier said than done. But that's exactly what photographer Rob Hart did after being laid off—along with the entire photo staff of the Chicago Sun-Times. Hart has been documenting life after layoff with…
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