Mark Seliger's Oscars Portraits

Impromptu celebrity portrait sittings at the Vanity Fair after-party yield beautiful results
By William Sawalich
Mark Seliger and his crew set up a portrait studio at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party and lots of celebrities stopped by. The photographer sent out many of the portraits via Instagram, and they're creating quite a buzz! These wonderful portraits from a world-class photographer are made even more amazing…

Photoshop Turns 25

The company hopes to grow from 3.5 million subscribers to more than 6 million by the end of 2015.
By William Sawalich
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Adobe Photoshop has been the industry standard photo editing software since version one. While some recent changes to the application caused quite a commotion (when Adobe converted the licensing from one-time-purchase to subscription) they were actually the first steps of bigger changes to come.…

Behind The Scenes Of A Sports Illustrated Photo Shoot

It's a great shot, and for anybody interested in the realities of commercial photography this "making of" story is a must-read.
By William Sawalich
Robert Seale is a Houston-based commercial and editorial photographer, and he just published a great behind-the-scenes story of the making of his photos—including the cover—for this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. Seale was charged with photographing Houston Rockets star James Harden, and he selected a rooftop location atop a parking…

Many World Press Photo Finalists Were Disqualified

Photojournalists are held to a higher standard—as they should be. It's a shame that so many photographers who should know better, don't.
By William Sawalich
World Press Photo recently announced the winner of its Photo of the Year competition (which you can read about at the New York Times via the first link below). But, as is so often the case, there's an interesting story behind the story. And in this case, it's the fact…

Stop Stealing Photos

Well now there's a web site dedicating to exposing these fraudulent photographers.
By William Sawalich
We've all heard of unscrupulous people publishing photographs without permission. This is what comes to mind when I think about someone who is "stealing photos." But there's an even more egregious type of photography theft, in my opinion, and it's actually perpetrated by photographers. Actually, maybe the perpetrators are just…

Affinity Photo, Mac Photo Editing Software

It's called Affinity Photo, and it looks to be a pretty powerful retouching program.
By William Sawalich
Just the other day I was wondering if Adobe could be considered to be one of those few companies that has almost no competition. For a long time, for instance, Microsoft was in that position, because virtually everybody—or so it seemed—was using a Windows computer. Obviously that's changed, and so…
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