Tip of the Week

Shutter Basics

Understanding how a shutter works can make a big difference in pictures and video—especially when working with fast subjects or mixing ambient light with flash
By William Sawalich
Do you know what kind of shutter your camera has? It’s probably one of two different styles: the focal plane shutter or the leaf shutter. More than likely it’s a focal plane shutter, because that’s the standard in most DSLRs. Just because it’s the standard, though, doesn’t mean it’s the…

The Blinking Highlight Method Of Exposure Verification

Digital cameras and post-processing software all offer "blinking highlights." Here's how to use them to determine if your exposure is exactly as it should be.
By William Sawalich
Flashing highlights, blinking highlights, blinkies, zebras. Each of these is a different name for the same thing: an overexposed highlight alert that many DSLRs use to alert the photographer that they've blown out details in the highlights. This alert can actually be used as a very precise and effective exposure…

Fix Your Hair

How to use Photoshop to make improvements to a portrait subject’s hair
By William Sawalich
I love shooting portraits. The only problem is, more than almost any other photographic subject, people tend to have very strong opinions about how they’d like to look in their portraits. That means you have to get very good at not only making them look great with your choices of…

Dramatic Lighting - Up Close and Personal

With the light close to the subject, contrast and drama both increase
By William Sawalich
When I interviewed tremendous luxury car photographer Tim Wallace last year, I was struck by how dramatic many of his automotive detail shots are. He’s a master of using light to let a sensuous subject emerge from the shadows, and he told me how he does it: lots of light.…

Making Metallic Prints

From the lab and at home, there are lots of great options for metallic printing.
By William Sawalich
It used to be that if you wanted to print on metal you'd have to make a tintype or, even earlier, go see Louis Daguerre. But in recent years, there's been a resurgence in metallic printing options, some of which are actually printed on sheets of real metal, while others…

How To Travel Light As A Photographer

Shaving pounds and ounces can make the difference between a traveling struggle and a truly pleasurable adventure
By William Sawalich
I love photography, and I love to travel. Problem is, I don’t necessarily love to travel for photography. The issue, of course, is figuring out how to get all the necessary equipment from point A to point B safely and efficiently. The best way to make this task easier is…
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