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Retouching With Light

When we talk about making portraits it’s inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up
By William Sawalich
When we talk about making portraits it's inevitable that the topic of retouching comes up. Portrait subjects want to look their best—obviously—so photographers tend to rely on a bag of digital tricks to help accomplish that. A subtle blur to minimize detail, maybe Photoshop's clone stamp or healing brush to…

How To Shoot On Gray Winter Days

This time of year much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than any other time of year.
By William Sawalich
This time of year, much of the country starts to experience more frequent cloudy gray days than at any other time of year. Maybe they're no more frequent, but the colder temperatures sure make winter gray days less fun than a cloudy summer afternoon. Even though steel-gray skies don't appear…

Winter Photography Preparedness

I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine.
By William Sawalich
I was fortunate last year to interview winter photography expert Marc Adamus for Outdoor Photographer magazine. In the course of our discussion he offered some simple, but very important, tips for being prepared for winter photography, which I want to share with you here. "The most common questions I get…

Lighting for Texture

Imagine your subject is a textured plaster wall. Better yet, imagine it's an impressionist oil painting hanging on that wall
By William Sawalich
One of the first lessons I teach each semester in my studio photography class is about using light to enhance texture. Lighting for texture is a fundamental skill in telling stories in pictures, because understanding how to enhance texture also means you'll understand how to minimize it. And that's useful…

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…
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