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Crafting Vignettes: Part 2

Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you’ll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest.
By William Sawalich
Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you'll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest. For that, a little post-production wizardry is perfect for adding and enhancing vignettes. These vignette adjustments can also be applied on a scale…

Crafting Vignettes: Part 1

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers.
By William Sawalich
Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you're likely to get a room full of different answers. For many, the thought of vignettes conjures images of cheesy, tacky, outdated oval borders around portrait photos. But in truth, the vignette is a powerful tool for driving…

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Delay

Delayed perception.
By Brian Dilg, Courtesy Of New York Film Academy Photography School
Continuing my series of tips to help you see the world through fresh eyes with the goal of developing a personal style, I'm going to talk about one of the most important elements to creating enduring images: delayed perception. The gist of this technique is to render elements of an…

Getting Started With DSLR Video

So, you want to make movies?
By William Sawalich
So, you want to make movies? You're in luck, because most new digital cameras have HD video recording capabilities as well. But, just because you have a video-capable camera doesn't make you a capable video shooter. So, here's what you need to know—from camera setup to shooting tips—to get started…

Simplify The Background With Lens Choice

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it's well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on
By William Sawalich
When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it's well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on. But soon you realize, as we all do, that concentrating on the subject isn't enough. Frequently we learn this when some element of a background—a palm…

Eight Ways To Speed Up Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers.
By William Sawalich
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it's properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers. The more images one creates, however, and the more time they spend making them, the more important it becomes that the program works quickly and efficiently. So, here are eight ways to…
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