Photographing The Remnants Of The First World War

Beautiful photographs that illustrate the story exquisitely.
By William Sawalich
One hundred years ago, the German army arrived in a tiny French village at the edge of the Argonne Forest. It would be the focal point for years of fighting, including the offensive that finally ended the first World War nearly four years later. The New York Times travel section…

Photographing The World’s Oldest Trees

Her photographs are interesting and beautiful, and the result of a decade-and-a-half worth of photography—and deserving of any viral status it's achieved this week.
By William Sawalich
It's good to see Beth Moon getting a bit of internet fame for her beautiful black and white images of the world's oldest trees. I don't want to say I'm ahead of the curve, per se, but I did purchase this book to give as a Christmas gift to a…

Pillars Of Creation

The most popular picture of the day, from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
William Sawalich
NASA today released a new and improved image of "The Pillars of Creation," a gas and dust cloud near the Eagle Nebula. Made from the Hubble Space Telescope, the new ultra-high-resolution image is an update of the space agency's most popular image of all time--the original having been made nearly…

Illuminated Skiing At Night

The results are certainly worth it, though, as this film is unlike anything ever seen before.
By William Sawalich
Skiing films are a genre all their own, and while even the simplest among them still features tremendous athletes in beautiful locations, the best of these films are truly transcendent works of art. This one, from Sweetgrass Productions, is totally different than any other skiing film that's come before—or at…

The Human Element In Pictures

People add instant interest to otherwise empty pictures.
By William Sawalich
The other day I mentioned the great photographer Robert Capa and his famous quote, "If your photographs aren't good enough, you're not close enough." It's great advice, sure enough, and it goes a long way to making better pictures. But I'd like to add to it another bit of advice:…

Happy New Year!

The DPS tutorial takes you through the simple steps of creating your own calendars with a variety of templates, which makes creating custom photo calendars fun and easy.
By William Sawalich
Here's the perfect project to start the new year off on the right foot. Why not make a 2015 photo calendar using Lightroom? You can add a dozen (or more) of your favorite photographs to your own templates, or skip the tedious work of creating your own dated calendar templates…
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