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How To Use A Large Format View Camera

An introduction to how 4x5 film cameras work
By William Sawalich
I recently sold a camera on eBay. It was a Linhof large format 4x5 studio camera. In the process, a potential buyer emailed to inquire about how to use the camera because his plans were to learn the process of using a view camera with this Linhof. It occurred to…

Learning to See in Black and White

Simple techniques to turn a platitude into a practical bit of photographic advice
By William Sawalich
It's a cliché that even I have used from time to time: to become a better black and white photographer, you've got to start to see the world in black and white. I don't mean moral extremes here. I'm talking about physically interpreting a scene in the unique ways that…

Using Lightroom’s Radial Filter

The radial filter is a great tool for vignetting and blurring off-center subjects.
By William Sawalich
One of the best ways to edit images inside Lightroom's Develop module is to put adjustments to use with the Graduated Filter and the Adjustment Brush. With the addition of the Radial Filter to this lineup, powerful adjustments now have a new level of control, and one that makes vignetting…

Save Retouching Notes Right In A File

Photoshop is a powerful program, made even better by the addition of simple note taking
By William Sawalich
Way back in the early 1990s, one of my first digital imaging instructors talked about the importance of making recipes for the digital edits we were making in Photoshop. That way we could always go back and adjust those changes later, or recreate them on a different image file. That…

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…
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