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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…

Three Great Uses For A 50% Gray Layer

The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing
By William Sawalich
The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing. Any edit you make doesn't irretrievably change the actual image-forming pixels, but rather these edits happen on layers above the original, unmodified background. A layer filled with 50% gray, when combined with a…

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…
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