The Best Way To Meter Exposure

What you need to know about handheld light meters
By William Sawalich
Your camera is smart and it gets the exposure nailed 99% of the time. But when you’re a control freak like me, you want absolute dominance over every aspect of your exposure process. And that means you want to be able to effectively meter the light and dial in a…

The Importance of Preparation (Sort of)

The Secret to Photo Shoot Success: Have a plan, but remain flexible
By William Sawalich
I’ve long been a believer in being really prepared for my photography assignments. Whatever I may be shooting, I want to have gone over the whole plan in my mind ahead of time, I want to have visualized the shots I plan to make, and I want to make sure…

Photo Contest Tips From The Judges

Improve your chances of winning a photo contest with these rules of what NOT to do, gathered by the Digital Photo judges
By David Schloss
Photo contests are a wonderful way to challenge yourself. Nothing motivates a photographer to create beautiful images more than the thought of submitting them to a panel of judges, and the chance of winning a prize doesn’t hurt, either. Even if you don’t win, the experience will make you a…

Idea To Image

Some thoughts on the creative photographic process
By Rick Sammon
All of our photographs start with an idea. After we have our idea, we set a goal on how to create the image we see in our mind’s eye. We shoot, then we process. In this column, I’ll take you through the steps in one of my idea-to-image sessions, during…

Rectangular Marquee Cropping

Use Photoshop’s marquee tool to quickly break free from a cropping preset
By William Sawalich
Last week’s tip was all about canvas resizing. This week it gets even more action packed with a tip about a cropping shortcut. Will the excitement ever end? I know these tools may not be particularly glamorous, but they’re immensely practical—the kind of Photoshop shortcuts that I use them on…

Tilt-Shift Focus Effects

Create super-shallow depth of field with tilt-shift lenses and their Photoshop equivalents
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
Tilt-shift lenses are often used for architecture and product photography. The “correct” way to use a tilt-shift lens is to adjust the lens elements in order to minimize distortion or to shift the plane of focus for massive depth of field. But breaking the rules with a tilt-shift lens is…
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