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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…

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…
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