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More Artful Architectural Photos

When I land a particularly challenging photo assignment, I turn to my friends for their insights and advice
By William Sawalich
When I land a particularly challenging photo assignment, I turn to my friends for their insights and advice. When the assignment involves architecture, the first person I turn to is my good friend, the talented architectural photographer Elon Schoenholz. He creates subtle, sublime photographs with a beautifully simple approach, using…

Aperture Basics

Apertures, irises and f-stops. What do they all have in common?
By William Sawalich
Apertures, irises and f-stops. What do they all have in common? For starters, they're all terms for the same thing—the size of the opening inside a lens that determines the amount of light that is able to pass through during a given exposure. As shutter speed dictates time, the aperture…

The Photo Studio Safety Primer

There are a lot of ways to get hurt in photography
By William Sawalich
There are a lot of ways to get hurt in photography. You could sprain an ankle on a pre-dawn hike to a landscape location, or drop a lens on your toe while making a family portrait in your own backyard. But nowhere is it more dangerous to be a photographer…

Using Picture Styles For Photo And Video

I’ve been a RAW shooter for several years now, so I’ve never paid much attention to my camera’s available picture styles
By William Sawalich
I've been a RAW shooter for several years now, so I've never paid much attention to my camera's available picture styles. You see, picture styles (or "picture controls," as Nikon calls them) don't apply to RAW image files. They're for folks who shoot JPEGs, TIFFs or video files. But if…

Assignment Breakdown: Full-Length Portraits

I recently accepted an assignment that involved three long days of portrait shooting
By William Sawalich
I recently accepted an assignment that involved three long days of portrait shooting. What the client wanted was fairly simple and straightforward: full length portraits on a bright white background. It was simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Many photographers struggle with creating a bright white background for portraits,…

Tips for Macro Lighting

Warm weather is here. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and make beautiful pictures of the littlest things in this world
By William Sawalich
Warm weather is here. It's the perfect opportunity to get out and make beautiful pictures of the littlest things in this world—like flowers and insects and other tiny items you might find around the house. Whatever you may be photographing with your macro lens, here's how to light with everything…
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