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Beat Your Meter

Understanding how your digital camera's through-the-lens light meter works will help you make more accurate exposures, no mater what metering mode or exposure mode you're using
By William Sawalich
Understanding how your digital camera's through-the-lens light meter works will help you make more accurate exposures, no mater what metering mode or exposure mode you're using. Unlike handheld meters that measure incident light (the illumination falling on a subject) TTL camera meters measure reflected light—the light that bounces off a…

Lighting In Layers

I've studied photography for many long years and with many great teachers, but there are still some techniques you have to stumble into on your own
By William Sawalich
I've studied photography for many long years and with many great teachers, but there are still some techniques you have to stumble into on your own. One of those things for me was learning to light in layers. Whether I'm working with studio strobes, hot lights, or ambient sunlight and…

Sponsored Tip: Global Vs. Local Contrast

While the term "contrast" is familiar to anyone who has adjusted their television, it is also commonly misunderstood in terms of how it affects photographs.
By William Sawalich
This tip article by Brian Dilg comes to us courtesy of New York Film Academy Photography School, where he serves as the Chair of the New York Film Academy Photography Conservatory. Dilg is an internationally published and collected photographer and award-winning filmmaker with over 20 years of professional teaching experience…

How Focal Length Impacts Portraits

I'm fascinated by lens choice. It's something we learn early on and usually think, really, how difficult is it?
By William Sawalich
I'm fascinated by lens choice. It's something we learn early on and usually think, really, how difficult is it? You wanna show a lot, choose a wide lens. You wanna focus in on a little, use a long lens. But I'm still learning, after more than a decade as a…

Eliminate Oversharpening

Sharpening is one of the most- un-glamorous, yet totally essential, digital imaging edits you can make to your photographs.
By William Sawalich
Sharpening is one of the most- un-glamorous, yet totally essential, digital imaging edits you can make to your photographs. Sharpening is a must if you want to make your images look their best; RAW files require sharpening to make them look like JPEGs, and JPEGs (as well as RAW, TIFFs…

Fashion Lighting Sans Studio

If you’ve always wanted to shoot high fashion but you don’t have access to a studio and strobes, consider yourself lucky. That’s right: lucky.
By William Sawalich
If you've always wanted to shoot high fashion but you don't have access to a studio and strobes, consider yourself lucky. That's right: lucky. Because the best studio is the outdoors, and the best light is sunlight—especially when you use it to create gorgeous high-key, high-fashion portraits. Here's how to…
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