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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…

Make Every Portrait Subject Happy

If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won’t be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your portrait subject will be happy with your work.
By William Sawalich
If you make portraits—whether strangers or friends, for fun or profit—it won't be long before you realize there are a few key fixes that almost everyone appreciates. So if you want to give the gift of a beautiful portrait, here are six techniques you can use to ensure that your…

Sponsored Tip: Digital Night Photography

In order to feel like night, your image must be dominated by dark tones. But how dark?
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…
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