Tip of the Week

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…

Crafting Vignettes: Part 2

Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you’ll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest.
By William Sawalich
Sometimes, no matter how deliberately you shape the light in a scene, you'll still want to aid the viewer in getting immediately to the center of interest. For that, a little post-production wizardry is perfect for adding and enhancing vignettes. These vignette adjustments can also be applied on a scale…

Crafting Vignettes: Part 1

Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you’re likely to get a room full of different answers.
By William Sawalich
Ask a room full of photographers what they think of vignettes and you're likely to get a room full of different answers. For many, the thought of vignettes conjures images of cheesy, tacky, outdated oval borders around portrait photos. But in truth, the vignette is a powerful tool for driving…

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Delay

Delayed perception.
By Brian Dilg, Courtesy Of New York Film Academy Photography School
Continuing my series of tips to help you see the world through fresh eyes with the goal of developing a personal style, I'm going to talk about one of the most important elements to creating enduring images: delayed perception. The gist of this technique is to render elements of an…

Getting Started With DSLR Video

So, you want to make movies?
By William Sawalich
So, you want to make movies? You're in luck, because most new digital cameras have HD video recording capabilities as well. But, just because you have a video-capable camera doesn't make you a capable video shooter. So, here's what you need to know—from camera setup to shooting tips—to get started…
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