Upping Your Equipment Efficiency

This group of tips comes from the world of videography—even though it's still based around shooting with a DSLR.
By William Sawalich
This group of tips comes from the world of videography—even though it's still based around shooting with a DSLR. They're immensely helpful if you, like me, work in an environment where you're regularly interacting with other photographers and videographers, or if you have the occasion to intermingle your gear with…

Awesome Old Mugshots

Learn composition and posing… from old mugshots?
By William Sawalich
Learn composition and posing… from old mugshots? Who knew you could learn the dually important photographic arts of portrait posing and creative composition from looking at an archive of gangster-era police photos. These were either some very creative investigating officers, or some seriously cool criminals who knew how to maintain…

How To Freelens

Oh, kids these days. They're always inventing some funky photographic technique and then giving it a cool name. Like Freelensing.
By William Sawalich
Oh, kids these days. They're always inventing some funky photographic technique and then giving it a cool name. Like Freelensing. I'm hopeful that I'm not last to the party on this one, because I've never really considered this technique before. But why not, right? Freelensing consists of holding your DSLR's…

Shoot Film, Slow Down, Get Better

Here's an interesting concept from John Watson's "Prolly is not Probably" blog.
By William Sawalich
Here's an interesting concept from John Watson's "Prolly is not Probably" blog. He recently wrote about how shooting film made him a better photographer. After reading his post, I couldn't agree more. But I want to point out something significant: it's not really about equipment. It's about approach, and it…

Composing With Secondary Subjects

There's something I particularly like in this composition tutorial from Matt Dutile at the DPS blog.
By William Sawalich
There's something I particularly like in this composition tutorial from Matt Dutile at the DPS blog. While he touches on the rule of thirds and the importance of white space—good points, no doubt, but fairly well covered—it's the advice about adding a secondary point of interest that I think is…

The Photography Tarp

Attention outdoor photographers: do you have a photography tarp?
By William Sawalich
Attention outdoor photographers: do you have a photography tarp? I don't trek into the great outdoors nearly enough, so the idea of carrying a multipurpose photography tarp has honestly never occurred to me. The DIY Photography blog just posted about a new product from Mindshift gear (affiliated with ThinkTank) called…
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