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Save Retouching Notes Right In A File

Photoshop is a powerful program, made even better by the addition of simple note taking
By William Sawalich
Way back in the early 1990s, one of my first digital imaging instructors talked about the importance of making recipes for the digital edits we were making in Photoshop. That way we could always go back and adjust those changes later, or recreate them on a different image file. That…

Deciphering Memory Card Tech

There’s a lot of cryptic code on CF and SD cards. Here’s what it all means.
By William Sawalich
How do you know what kind of memory card you should use in your camera? Check the owner's manual right? Well sure, that will tell you the appropriate format, but what about all the other variables that come with flash memory cards—like speed ratings, classifications and the many acronyms plastered…

Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 2

Sending High-Resolution Finished Image Files
By William Sawalich
Last week we addressed my favorite methods for sending low-resolution proof files to subjects and clients. This week I’ll explain part two of the delivery process: sending those pesky high-resolution finished digital image files. In the early years of the digital revolution, I found myself delivering high-resolution image files to…

Delivering Digital Image Files, Part 1

Sending Digital Proofs
By William Sawalich
Isn't it great, living in the future? In the old days we only had one option for delivering pictures to our clients: prints. But these days we've got all those old options that we can produce from our digital image files (like prints, albums and books) as well as a…

You Need A Cable Release

To make sharp pictures, get your hands off your camera with these tools and techniques.
By William Sawalich
If you go back far enough in the history of photography, you'll get to a time where photographers absolutely had to use a cable release in order to trigger the shutter. And this was a good thing, as it usually makes for sharper pictures. Consequently large format photographers have been…

If You Can Only Have One Background…

…A white seamless is your best bet. Here’s why.
By William Sawalich
- When you want your background to look white in pictures, it's much easier to start with a white background. True, you could dump enough light on a gray background that you overexpose it and make it look white, but this presents a number of challenges that are usually alleviated…
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