Tip of the Week

Three Great Uses For High-Speed Flash Sync

High-speed sync is a versatile tool. Here’s how to put it to good use.
By William Sawalich
I tend to think of strobes and flashes as fairly simple lighting tools, even when they’re high-tech and capable of doing all sorts of things like TTL metering and wireless communication. But the one bit of high-tech wizardry that I regularly employ with my flash is high-speed synchronization. Both Nikon…

Why Chimping is Good!

The screen on the back of your camera provides invaluable feedback
By William Sawalich
Do you know what “chimping” is? Chimping is a derogatory term for looking at the LCD on the back of the camera after an exposure. I don’t know why we’re compared to chimpanzees when we look at the back of the camera, but that’s the term that took hold. Here’s…

The Most Important Fact About Image Resolution

To understand how resolution works, start with area resolution
By William Sawalich
A whole lot of people are confused about digital image resolution. So I’m going to simplify it as much as possible, and tell you the only thing that really matters when it comes to the resolution of your digital image files: area resolution. The area resolution (or overall resolution, or,…

Lightroom's Targeted Adjustment Tool

Exposure and color control with the easiest editing tool around
By William Sawalich
There’s a tiny little tool found in Lightroom’s Develop module, and it’s called the Targeted Adjustment tool. And this simple little one-click tool makes major adjustments to color, contrast and exposure with precision and ease. Here’s how. In the Tone Curve pane of the Develop Module, you’ll notice in the…

Fun with Focus and Depth of Field

Three techniques for creating funky depth of field effects in the camera and in the computer
By William Sawalich
Shallow depth of field in a photograph has always been a great way to put the attention exactly where you want it—at the point of focus and nowhere else. But a recent influx of various tools and techniques has made shallow depth of field, as well as special depth of…

How To Handle Harsh Light

What to do when you need to get the shot but the light is just too harsh
By William Sawalich
We all know how important it is to make sure we’re working with nice light. It’s not enough to have a great moment and a great subject in a great composition. If the light’s not right, the picture’s going to suffer. So does that mean if you’ve got bad light—the…
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