The Expedition Wooden Tripod

I do love the craftsmanship and quality of a well made wooden tripod.
By William Sawalich
Here's a great tripod for the old-school purists among us. It's the Expedition Wooden Tripod from Photojojo. This heavy duty tripod is light for what it is, but it's definitely heavy for everything else. The listing at Photojojo is utterly ridiculous for suggesting that smartphone photographers should use this cumbersome…

Finding Your Personal Photographic Vision

The piece is taken from a graduation speech Minkkinen gave to the class of 2006 at the New England School of Photography in Boston.
By William Sawalich
Here's great and inspiring piece published at PetaPixel all about a topic that isn't well covered in the photoblogosphere. Photo blogs are generally much more interested in talking technique, and way more interested in talking equipment, than they are at discussing the basics of touchy-feely stuff such as "artistic vision."…

Adorama Goes “Through The Lens”

Adorama's video content producer Salvatore D'Alia says that audience feedback about the show has been great.
By William Sawalich
With its new Internet-based TV show "Through The Lens," photo retailer Adorama aims to focus on the work of talented young photographers. And to do so, it has used an interesting metric: it is seeking out the most popular photographers on Instagram. In the most recent episodes (numbers eight and…

Knobs, Dials And Sliders For Lightroom And Photoshop

For instance, instead of virtually dragging a slider to adjust exposure in Lightroom, Palette allows you to physically adjust an actual slider next to your keyboard to make that same change.
By William Sawalich
Are you looking for a more tactile approach to your digital image editing? Perhaps you should look into Palette. Palette is a system of interchangeable physical buttons, sliders and dials that are connected to your computer and can be mapped to specific controls in Lightroom or Photoshop. For instance, instead…

Samy’s Presents An Evening With Douglas Kirkland

Kirkland will also be demonstrating the new 50-megapixel DSLRs from Canon—the 5DS and the 5DSR.
By William Sawalich
If you're in Southern California—specifically the Westwood area of Los Angeles—I suggest you head over to the Crest Theater tonight at 7pm for an evening with master photographer Douglas Kirkland. For half a century, Kirkland has made iconic celebrity portraits of everyone from Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn to Angelina…

Strobing Surfing

He was able to create what amounts to a studio-lit version of a surfing action shot, and do it with battery powered strobes from about 500 feet away.
By William Sawalich
Michael Clark is an amazing photographer. And thankfully, he's not shy about sharing his knowledge and experiences with the rest of us. He regularly sends out a newsletter in which he tells the stories of his most interesting shoots, and recently he told the story of how he photographed a…
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