Tip of the Week

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…

Simplify The Background With Lens Choice

When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it's well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on
By William Sawalich
When you first start taking pictures you concentrate on the subject, making sure it's well-focused, positioned appropriately in the frame, well-lit and so on. But soon you realize, as we all do, that concentrating on the subject isn't enough. Frequently we learn this when some element of a background—a palm…

Eight Ways To Speed Up Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it’s properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers.
By William Sawalich
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (as it's properly named) has become a staple in the digital darkrooms of many photographers. The more images one creates, however, and the more time they spend making them, the more important it becomes that the program works quickly and efficiently. So, here are eight ways to…

Adjusting Your Camera’s Image Quality

Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality.
By William Sawalich
No matter what kind of camera you're using, from compact point-and-shoot to high-end DSLR, there are a whole lot of camera settings to choose from. Some of the most basic camera settings can have a huge impact on image quality, as well as the quantity of images you can make…

Sponsored Tip: Developing A Personal Style: Motifs

I'm also a devotee of the medium; I am constantly looking at photos old and new...
By Brian Dilg, Courtesy Of New York Film Academy Photography School
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…

An Alternative To The Light Tent

As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don’t love light tents.
By William Sawalich
As a studio photographer I have a bit of a confession to make: I don't love light tents. You know what light tents are, right? They're those boxes of translucent diffusion designed for photographing tabletop items. Don't get me wrong: I know tents have their place. It's just that some…
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