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The Peripheral Vision Retouching Technique

How do you determine which spots need fixing? Look Here, Click There.
By William Sawalich
One of the most useful ways to put Photoshop to work improving a photograph is to use it for simple spotting and retouching of tiny distractions in any shot. With a portrait, for instance, small blemishes, pores and wrinkles serve to keep a portrait subject from looking his or her…

The Super-Simple Fix For Common Moiré

Got Moiré? Here’s the fastest, easiest way to eliminate it in Photoshop.
By William Sawalich
Have you ever encountered moiré? It's the discolored rainbow pattern that can pop up in digital images at the most inopportune times. It shows up when tight patterns in a subject's clothing (most often, I find, in the fine patterns of men's suits) create virtual interference due to the way…

Photoshop Tip: Automatically Select The In-Focus Area Of Any Image

Believe it or not, Photoshop can tell what’s in focus and what’s not.
By William Sawalich
Last week readers learned about a powerful, efficient, easy-to-use Photoshop selection method called Color Range. This week we'll discuss another tremendous selection tool, in many ways the "sister" to the Color Range since they're found right next to each other in the Select menu. It's called Focus Area, and it…

Make Precise Selections With Photoshop’s Color Range Tool

The simple approach to making crazy-accurate selections a snap
By William Sawalich
When working in Photoshop, accurate selections can be a time-consuming, sometimes confounding challenge. And while there are lots of tools to aid in selecting various parts of a scene, not all of them are as efficient and easy to use as others. If you find yourself always falling back on…

Road Lighting Hacks

In a pinch, almost anything can become a light modifier
By William Sawalich
There are a lot of great light modifiers out there. From scrims to grids, diffusers to flags, if you've got the money, you can buy some beautifully constructed items from any number of manufacturers for shaping, modifying and controlling light. At my studio we own quite a few versatile light…

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…
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