Tip of the Week

How To Photograph Basketball

Simple tools and techniques get you closer to the action than in any other sport
By William Sawalich
The NBA Playoffs are in full swing, so I thought why not offer some tips for photographing basketball. When I was a young photographer, there was nothing I enjoyed more than covering a high school or college basketball game. No sport puts you closer to the action with your camera,…

Understanding The Exposure Triangle

A look at the three camera controls that dictate exposure and how they work together
By William Sawalich
Switching the camera’s exposure controls from Auto to Manual for the first time is a big step. For beginning photographers ready to make that leap, all you need to know about exposure can be found in the exposure triangle. There are three camera controls that affect exposure: ISO, shutter speed…

Clean Up The Background

Simplify a composition with subtle changes to camera settings and angle of view
By William Sawalich
One of the best ways to improve a composition is to simplify it. And a great way to make a picture simpler and drive the focus to the subject is to clean up the background. So here are five techniques for simplifying the background and improving your pictures. 1. Move…

How A Flash Is Like A Double-Exposure

Controlling flash and ambient independently in a single shot
By William Sawalich
Someone recently suggested to me a new way of thinking about flash exposures. This piqued my interest, of course, because among students and young photographers it appears that understanding the intricacies of flash, and in particular of balancing flash with ambient light, is quite a challenge. So in an effort…

That Extra 5%

Five Ways to give your image a little extra quality to help it from good to great.
By William Sawalich
I recently had a great professional photographer tell me about how he does all sorts of things to help him eke out another 5% of image quality. He’s looking to do a few extra little things that add up to a big improvement in his pictures. So here’s a list…

The Importance of “Closer”

A closer look may be all that stands between you and a great photograph.
By William Sawalich
There are a variety of ways that the concept of “closer” comes into play in making better pictures. From composition to lighting to retouching, harnessing the power of “closer” can make all the difference in your pictures. - Iconic photographer Robert Capa famously said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough,…
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