Tip of the Week

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…

How To Make Digital Contact Sheets

No matter whether you’re a paid professional or a hobbyist, it’s not uncommon to need to show your work to someone else so that they can select the images they’d like to receive
By William Sawalich
No matter whether you're a paid professional or a hobbyist, it's not uncommon to need to show your work to someone else so that they can select the images they'd like to receive. A wedding photographer, for instance may produce a printed book of proofs for their bride and groom…

Improving Color Accuracy

If you’re new to the concept of color management, this tip is for you
By William Sawalich
If you're new to the concept of color management, this tip is for you. The topic isn't a whole lot of fun, because it's not glamorous, and it's less about creativity than technical accuracy. It can also be kind of a difficult subject to get your head around. Consequently, a…

Dark Backgrounds In Broad Daylight

No studio? No problem
By William Sawalich
No studio? No problem. When working with flash you've got the ability to turn any location into a studio—even bright daylight. Here's how to overpower daylight and create a strobe-only exposure that can render even a bright midday background dark as night. First, start by positioning your subject far from…

How To Cut Window Mats

In this digital world, the photographic print has become increasingly rare
By William Sawalich
In this digital world, the photographic print has become increasingly rare. Rarer still is the artfully matted and framed photograph, although this remains the preferred approach for showcasing fine photographs. If you want to prepare your work for framing, here's my time-tested technique for measuring, cutting and finishing a window…

Five Methods for Bouncing Light

For many photographers, bouncing light means just one thing...
By William Sawalich
For many photographers, bouncing light means just one thing: using a reflector to lighten a subject's shadow side. But bounced light can take many forms because it can be done for many reasons—like making "motivated light" or creating a softer, more natural looking source. Here are five examples of how…
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