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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…

Breaking Bad Photographic Habits

We all have them. They come in infinite forms
By William Sawalich
We all have them. They come in infinite forms. They're bad habits, from chewing with your mouth open to biting your nails. But the worst habits of all are the ones that compromise your photographs. If you want to start improving your photography, start working to break these habits. •…

Use A Hard Light For Portraits With Pop

The rules of portraiture say you have to use soft light to make your subjects look their best
By William Sawalich
The rules of portraiture say you have to use soft light to make your subjects look their best. While it's true that soft light (from diffused sources like windows and softboxes) is definitely flattering for faces, it can also be somewhat boring when it's not used carefully. So sometimes I…

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…
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