Tip of the Week

The Revert Workaround

How to use Photoshop’s “start over” command without actually starting over
By William Sawalich
One of my most often-used Photoshop tools is called Revert. Found under the File menu, the Revert command might be thought of as the “throw it all out and start over” tool. That’s how it’s usually used, anyway. Revert discards every edit you’ve made, every last one, since the file…

The Develop Module’s “Solo Mode”

Clean up your interface and streamline your workflow with this simple setting
By William Sawalich
One of my favorite things about Lightroom is that it’s a one-stop shop for organizing and editing images. I use the program’s Library mode to sort, edit, keyword and generally organize my image files from all of my assignment work and personal photography. Then I simply click over into Develop…

The Best Lights For Matching Ambience

Easily match ambient light, from tungsten to daylight, with a bi-color LED
By William Sawalich
In recent years, more and more of my portrait clients have shied away from formal, studio-style poses and lighting, preferring instead a natural, realistic appearance. That means more often I’m working with ambient light—be it daylight, window light, or tungsten-lit interiors—and augmenting it with my own source. In the old…

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…
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