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How To Find A Lens’ Sharpest Aperture

There’s an old photographer’s rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open
By William Sawalich
There's an old photographer's rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open. That means on a lens with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, the sharpest aperture is likely to be around ƒ/8. In practice, it's different with…

How To Fake A Ring Light Strobe

Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography
By William Sawalich
Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography. The strong direction of the frontal source and its unique shadow outline are hard to replicate any other way—unless, of course, you don't have a ring light, and you want to fake it, as I did here. All…

Making Multiple Exposures In Camera

Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures
By William Sawalich
Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures? DSLRs are increasingly outfitted with multiple exposure options, and I'd be surprised if sooner than later it wasn't standard for every camera. In the old days of film, you had to mechanically trick your…

The Ten Commandments Of Studio Product Photography

I drafted this list of ten commandments to help these young photographers maximize their chances of tabletop photography success
By William Sawalich
I teach a product photography class, and I'm consistently surprised when fairly advanced students still get confused on some basic do's and don'ts of camera settings for working in the studio, particularly with subjects that aren't moving. So I drafted this list of ten commandments to help these young photographers…

How To Up-Res An Image File

I recently sent an image file to a client who had plans to enlarge it to more than five feet wide for a trade show display
By William Sawalich
I recently sent an image file to a client who had plans to enlarge it to more than five feet wide for a trade show display. Straight out of the camera, my file was more than 5,000 pixels on the long side, and the printer's specifications said it should be…

Give New Life To Old Lenses

As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to my gear, I can be a bit of a cheapskate
By William Sawalich
As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to my gear, I can be a bit of a cheapskate. It's not that I won't invest in good gear. On the contrary, I like to invest in good gear and then keep it for years and years and…
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