Unconstitutional Photography Ordinances Create Real Backlash

According to the ordinance, it is illegal to take pictures for any commercial purpose "on the streets and sidewalks of the city in front of any place of business other than the person's own."
By William Sawalich
Back in 1977, for who knows what reason, Atlanta created an ordinance that limited the rights of photographers when taking pictures on city streets. Now, thanks to efforts by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the National Press Photographers Association, it appears the ordinance will be repealed. According to the ordinance, it…

All About Lighting Ratios

lighting ratios were especially useful because they allowed us to measure the light so we'd know precisely what the effect in the picture would be
By William Sawalich
I'm currently teaching a studio portraiture class, and just the other day I was introducing my students to the concept of lighting ratios. Put simply, lighting ratios measure the difference in brightness between the highlight side of a subject's face and the shadow side. The lower the ratio (say, 2:1)…

IKEA Products As Photography Tools

My personal favorite is the "Dröna," a collapsible storage bin that works perfectly as a laptop hood for shooting tethered—or any time you need to see your laptop screen—outdoors
By William Sawalich
In my home town we celebrated the grand opening last week of our first ever IKEA store. Finally, we'll be able to enjoy all the benefits of inexpensive Swedish-made furniture and housewares. Because I'm tuned into everything IKEA at the moment, I was intrigued by this post from Feednrg.com about…

Will No One Pay For Professional Photography?

CBS News has apparently begun tweeting usage requests to photojournalists—effectively, "hey, can we run your picture for free?"
By William Sawalich
I'm growing increasingly tired of large companies that should know better requesting dirt cheap—or, worse, out-and-out free—usage of professional photographs. Am I kidding myself when I remember a past when these entities would actually raise the value of a newbie's work by telling them the going rate? Maybe that was…

One Camera, Lots Of Lenses And Sensors

The camera looks a lot like a typical compact point and shoot except for one difference: the flat front of the body features 16 separate lenses and sensors
By William Sawalich
Did you hear about the new camera with multiple built-in lenses and several imaging sensors? It's the L16 from a startup company called Light, and it's due to ship in late summer next year. The camera looks a lot like a typical compact point and shoot except for one difference:…

Tamrac’s New Stratus Shoulder Bags

My first real camera bag was a Tamrac nearly 30 years ago
By William Sawalich
There are few things I enjoy as much as getting my hands on a new camera bag. To that end, let me tell you about these new Stratus bags from Tamrac. Announced just a few weeks ago, the Stratus line of shoulder bags was built from the ground up and…
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