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Make High-Key Portraits Indoors And Out

When you’re photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait
By William Sawalich
When you're photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait. High-key images are photographs in which almost all of the values in the scene remain light and bright, with minimal deep…

Mastering Intentional Blur

Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad
By William Sawalich
Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad. Whether they're caused by poor focus, camera shake or a fast-moving subject, blur is not usually desirable. But, in some situations blur can actually be a valuable story-telling tool. It can demonstrate the speed of a fast-moving subject, or communicate…

How To Use Auto ISO

For the longest time I considered my camera’s auto ISO feature something only amateur photographers used
By William Sawalich
For the longest time I considered my camera's auto ISO feature something only amateur photographers used. It was for people who didn't fully understand the intricacies of light sensitivity and exposure adjustments, I told myself. True, I'd long used aperture priority and shutter priority automatic exposure modes when a situation…

One-light Portrait Lighting

The things you can do with a single light source are simply amazing
By William Sawalich
The things you can do with a single light source are simply amazing. If ever you doubt this, walk outside and take a look at the sun. Don't stare at it, mind you, but consider the variety of beautiful lighting scenarios created by that single source up in the sky.…

Fixing Bad Light

We're all faced with bad ambient light from time to time.
By William Sawalich
We're all faced with bad ambient light from time to time. Sometimes it’s too flat, or too dark, or just too plain boring. Well, here's a look at a few types of bad light and what you can do to fix them. Midday Sun A professional photographer with a beautiful…

How To Make An Animated GIF

Animated GIFs are experiencing a bit of resurgence of late
By William Sawalich
Animated GIFs are experiencing a bit of resurgence of late. It seems like they're most often used to make goofy Internet memes out of scenes from movies and TV shows, but animated GIFs can actually be another useful storytelling tool for photographers. Animated GIFs live somewhere between stills and video,…
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