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Opening RAW Files As Smart Objects

One of the things that makes Lightroom such a useful tool in many photographers’ workflows is the fairly seamless way it integrates with Photoshop
By William Sawalich
One of the things that makes Lightroom such a useful tool in many photographers' workflows is the fairly seamless way it integrates with Photoshop. A click of a button will open a RAW image file right in Photoshop, ready to be worked on with Photoshop's even greater range of precision…

Light Meters Still Matter

Here’s how, and why, to use a handheld light meter effectively
By William Sawalich
There are some pretty cool things happening in the world of handheld light meters these days, like Sekonic's L-478 touchscreen light meter, which can do all sorts of amazing things like create custom profiles for cameras and lenses. But the fundamental task of handheld light meters has remained unchanged for…

Skin Retouching With Frequency Separation

I recently met a professional portrait retoucher who taught me all about her preferred method for skin retouching, commonly called the Frequency Separation technique
By William Sawalich
I recently met a professional portrait retoucher who taught me all about her preferred method for skin retouching, commonly called the Frequency Separation technique. It's a great way to separate the texture of skin from the tonalities. It's important to eliminate unwanted texture like wrinkles and blemishes while not eliminating…

Build An In-Home Photo Studio

Whether you’re shooting for fun or aspire to open your own photography business, building your own in-home studio opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities
By William Sawalich
Whether you're shooting for fun or aspire to open your own photography business, building your own in-home studio opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. From still-life product photos to refined studio-style portraits, an in-home photo studio can revolutionize the way you work. Here are a few things…

How To Photograph Football

Fall is here, and for a lot of us, fall means football
By William Sawalich
Fall is here, and for a lot of us, fall means football. If you'd like to try your hand at photographing football—whether it's a Pee Wee league, high school or the NFL—here are five great tips from professional photographer Dilip Vishwanat who covers football for clients like Sports Illustrated, Getty…

Making Long Daytime Exposures

I recently found myself on an impromptu afternoon walk, camera in hand, and faced with a babbling brook and a small waterfall
By William Sawalich
I recently found myself on an impromptu afternoon walk, camera in hand, and faced with a babbling brook and a small waterfall. Wanting to make one of those classic blurred-motion waterfall images, I knew it would take a long exposure and that the fact that it was the middle of…
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