Tip of the Week

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…

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…

Adjusting Canvas Size with a Batch Process

Photoshop’s Canvas Size tool gets even better once you know how to apply it to several images at one time
By William Sawalich
Some Photoshop functions seem so simple, what could you possibly have to learn about them? Take Canvas Size for instance. It’s the function found under Photoshop’s Image menu, and it’s most often used to increase the size of the “canvas” on which a digital image file sits. Canvas size is…

Photoshop’s Top Time-Saving Automation Tools

How to record actions and use batch processing to speed up a workflow
By William Sawalich
Recording actions and batch processing are, in my opinion, Photoshop’s best time-saving features. Any time you’ve got a repetitive task to perform, a recorded action makes it quicker. Any time you’ve got that repetitive task, or a series of tasks, to perform on more than one image file, batch processing…

Winter Photography Warm-Up

Equipment and tips to help you make the most of cold-weather photography
By William Sawalich
Along with the new year, winter has arrived. If you pocketed a little money over the holidays, here’s some suggested equipment you can invest in for your cold weather photography adventures, as well as a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your valuable time outdoors this…
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