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…

The Year 2014 In Pictures

As you look at these tremendous images, think about how close you're willing to get.
By William Sawalich
According to the New York Times, these 100 photographs represent the year in pictures. How do you sum up 2014 in photographs? The images are tough, and not for the faint of heart. From Syria to Sudan, Caracas to Ferguson, these are intense images that the times says can be…

How We See The Earth

That data is particularly useful in making striking and informative visuals about the impact of humans on the environment, with images of melting arctic ice and the heating of the poles leading the way.
By William Sawalich
This is a story about a really important camera—the one attached to a satellite called Terra, which was launched in 1999. NASA designed the satellite to collect all sorts of important information about earth, and the camera attached to Terra has, in 15 years, along with 17 other earth-observing satellites,…
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