Deciphering Memory Card Tech

There’s a lot of cryptic code on CF and SD cards. Here’s what it all means.
By William Sawalich
How do you know what kind of memory card you should use in your camera? Check the owner's manual right? Well sure, that will tell you the appropriate format, but what about all the other variables that come with flash memory cards—like speed ratings, classifications and the many acronyms plastered…

Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 2

Sending High-Resolution Finished Image Files
By William Sawalich
Last week we addressed my favorite methods for sending low-resolution proof files to subjects and clients. This week I’ll explain part two of the delivery process: sending those pesky high-resolution finished digital image files. In the early years of the digital revolution, I found myself delivering high-resolution image files to…

Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 1

Sending Digital Proofs
By William Sawalich
Isn't it great, living in the future? In the old days we only had one option for delivering pictures to our clients: prints. But these days we've got all those old options that we can produce from our digital image files (like prints, albums and books) as well as a…

You Need A Cable Release

To make sharp pictures, get your hands off your camera with these tools and techniques.
By William Sawalich
If you go back far enough in the history of photography, you'll get to a time where photographers absolutely had to use a cable release in order to trigger the shutter. And this was a good thing, as it usually makes for sharper pictures. Consequently large format photographers have been…

If You Can Only Have One Background…

…A white seamless is your best bet. Here’s why.
By William Sawalich
- When you want your background to look white in pictures, it's much easier to start with a white background. True, you could dump enough light on a gray background that you overexpose it and make it look white, but this presents a number of challenges that are usually alleviated…

Turn A Hollow-Core Door Into A Long-Lasting Studio Reflector

How to DIY a versatile, rolling reflector that’s built to last
By William Sawalich
Foamcore and insulation sheeting make nice reflectors when you need something large—say, four feet or more in any dimension, and especially if you want a big ol' 4x8 sheet reflector. But the problem with these paper-based products is that they don't hold up well to use and abuse. So that's…
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