Yousuf Karsh’s Masterful Portraits

As the story goes, Karsh was given just a couple of minutes to photograph the British Prime Minister in December of 1941. Churchill was in no mood to be photographed, and he was chewing on a cigar.
By William Sawalich
I shoot a lot of portraits, and I always look to the masters of portraiture for inspiration. Near the top of that list of masters—maybe even right on top—is Yousef Karsh. Not only is Karsh's portfolio filled with iconic portraits, but the legend of the man has taken on iconic…

Favorite Photos From A Week Of Auroras

Included are examples of the green glow in the United Kingdom, frenetic starbursts above Alaska and a Purple glow way down in New Zealand.
By William Sawalich
Last week was a busy one for weather in a pretty unusual way. Auroras, otherwise known as the "northern lights," were in full effect all around the world. From North America to Europe and even down under, photographers were out in the light night light to photograph the unusual phenomena,…

Learn How To Make A Pinhole Camera With This Video Tutorial

That should be no surprise, given that it was produced by the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
By William Sawalich
Did you ever make a pinhole camera when you were a kid? I did. I still have it, in fact. And I have the handful of other designs I've experimented with over the years. If you've never experienced the unbridled joy of taking a picture with a box made of…

Understanding How A Digital Camera Really Works

The article also goes into a bit of useful information about file formats, pixels and white balance as well.
By William Sawalich
If you want to understand the basics—and I mean the very basics—of the technology inside your digital camera, this article at the iOS and Mac developer blog OBJC is a great place to start. With a simple and straightforward paragraph or two about everything from aperture and shutter speed to…

New York City Stop Motion

It's a very creative project and a great way to make something particularly fun out of a bunch of otherwise fairly mundane photographs.
By William Sawalich
Here's a pretty cool time-lapse look at New York City. Really it's less a time-lapse and more a delightful stop-motion film. It's comprised of several hundred photographs of everything from beautiful old brownstones to the ubiquitous yellow cabs that pack the city's streets. It's a very creative project and a…

Lytro Studio Open For Business

At Lytro Studio, photographers can finally get a firsthand understanding of exactly how light field technology works, and what the pictures look like.
By William Sawalich
Lytro, makers of the unique Illum camera with light field technology, has opened a storefront in Tokyo, Japan where prospective Lytro buyers can get hands on with the camera, the processing software and even the Lytro mobile application. At Lytro Studio, photographers can finally get a firsthand understanding of exactly…
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