Bent Reflectors Are A Good Thing

I've mentioned before how much I like Teri Campbell's wonderful book, "Food Photography & Lighting."
By William Sawalich
I've mentioned before how much I like Teri Campbell's wonderful book, "Food Photography & Lighting." It's a tremendous, practical, and inspirational resource for anyone interested in either food photography or still life tabletop photography in general. It's such a good book that I use it as a teaching aid in…

Adjusting Black Point And White Point For Better Images

Former OP editor Rob Sheppard recently published some useful digital imaging information on his Nature and Photography blog, and it's about giving your pictures more pop by adjusting the blacks and whites.
By William Sawalich
Former OP editor Rob Sheppard recently published some useful digital imaging information on his Nature and Photography blog, and it's about giving your pictures more pop by adjusting the blacks and whites. This is a topic I'm fairly passionate about, because I tend to adjust both in post in hopes…

Using Adobe Creative Cloud For iPad App Creation

For a while now I've been interested in learning how to design an app for devices like the iPad in order to showcase my work—much as one would with a traditional printed portfolio.
By William Sawalich
For a while now I've been interested in learning how to design an app for devices like the iPad in order to showcase my work—much as one would with a traditional printed portfolio. I know there are plenty of readymade portfolio apps out there, but I believe that making an…

A Solar Corona Composite

When it comes to photographing the natural world, some people tend to get all up in arms about digital imaging, compositing, and anything they deem to be a bit too fishy to be considered "real" photography.
By William Sawalich
When it comes to photographing the natural world, some people tend to get all up in arms about digital imaging, compositing, and anything they deem to be a bit too fishy to be considered "real" photography. While I appreciate their sentiments and understand where they're coming from, sometimes they take…

Beautiful Black & White Storm Photography

The beautiful black & white storm photographs of Mitch Dobrowner are featured in a slideshow on the CNN photo blog.
By William Sawalich
The beautiful black & white storm photographs of Mitch Dobrowner are featured in a slideshow on the CNN photo blog. Dobrowner has been chasing storms all through the west and Midwest for four years, and he has seen everything from monsoons to tornados and massive supercell thunderstorms. Working in the…

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.…
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