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How To Insure Photography Equipment

I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches
By William Sawalich
I recently suffered through a flood at my studio that caused many thousands of dollars in damage and many months of headaches. Thankfully, though, we didn't lose any expensive camera equipment, and the computers, furniture and structures we did lose were covered by insurance. It got me thinking, though, about…

Photographing Clear Objects

Lighting stuff is easy, right? You just point a light at it, and you can see it.
By William Sawalich
Lighting stuff is easy, right? You just point a light at it, and you can see it. But what if the thing you're trying to photograph is transparent—as in crystal clear? In that case, simply pointing a light at it won't work. You have to concern yourself with what can…

Histogram Exposure Adjustments in Lightroom

We all know what a good histogram should look like, right?
By William Sawalich
We all know what a good histogram should look like, right? A "normal" scene should not be too heavily weighted toward the left side of the histogram—the shadow side—or else we risk underexposure. Likewise, a normal scene's histogram shouldn't spike heavily toward the right, the highlight side, or the image…

Retouching Multi-Layered Files

The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers
By William Sawalich
The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers. Layers allow you to make edits without ever changing the original image-forming pixels. They sit there undisturbed on the background below. By the time I'm ready to do the…

How To Build A Book Light

I’m always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire
By William Sawalich
I'm always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire. The subtle differences between a simple softbox and a light bounced off a flat or through a silk are intriguing to me, because while each of these sources is "soft," they're both distinctly different. The type of…

Get Higher Resolution With a Tilt-Shift Lens

Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons
By William Sawalich
Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons: to combat distortion in architectural images or to change the plane of focus. But there's a third use for a tilt-shift lens that's particularly powerful: It can create a wider angle of view…
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