Testing A Camera's Waterproof Claims… In A Sink!

The Olympus OMD EM1 is a weather-proof (meaning it's mostly water resistant, if not truly water-PROOF) compact mirrorless camera that's been getting attention from photographers thanks to, among other things, those water-resistant features and its nice nod to classic SLR styling.
By William Sawalich
The Olympus OMD EM1 is a weather-proof (meaning it's mostly water resistant, if not truly water-PROOF) compact mirrorless camera that's been getting attention from photographers thanks to, among other things, those water-resistant features and its nice nod to classic SLR styling. Over at the Phoblographer blog, Chris Gampat decided to…

On Backlight

I've been a fan of backlighting ever since a professional photographer explained to a teenage me that I should actually shoot into the sun if I wanted to add depth and drama to action photos at a sporting event.
By William Sawalich
I've been a fan of backlighting ever since a professional photographer explained to a teenage me that I should actually shoot into the sun if I wanted to add depth and drama to action photos at a sporting event. Sure enough he was right: backlighting is amazing. That's the moral…

iOS 7 For Photographers

Many moons ago I thought the idea of treating smartphones as legitimate photographic tools was preposterous.
By William Sawalich
Many moons ago I thought the idea of treating smartphones as legitimate photographic tools was preposterous. Now here we are in 2013 with the introduction of the new iPhone 5S and its accompanying iOS7. Both have made some serious updates to the camera's ability to take great pictures, as evidenced…

How Photographs Can Heal

This month marked the 12-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
By William Sawalich
This month marked the 12-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. On his Photoshop Insider blog, Scott Kelby published a wonderful story from photographer Joe McNally, who reflects on his photographic reaction to that day. He spent the remaining days that fall photographing firefighters and rescue workers, the first responders…

The Photographer's MBA

Every professional photographer I know says the same thing about their education: they wish they'd learned more about business.
By William Sawalich
Every professional photographer I know says the same thing about their education: they wish they'd learned more about business. Instead of creative tips and photographic techniques, the nuts and bolts of running a business is often what professional photographers talk about when they get together. To that end comes The…

Composition Beyond The Rule Of Thirds

Do you have two hours to dedicate to improving your compositional skills?
By William Sawalich
Do you have two hours to dedicate to improving your compositional skills? I realize that sounds like a tall order, but maybe you can do what I'm doing and break those two hours up into a few different sessions in order to make your way through this tremendous video presentation…
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