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Tools for Maximizing Sharpness

Are you looking to increase the sharpness of your photos? Who isn’t
By William Sawalich
Are you looking to increase the sharpness of your photos? Who isn't. We all know about the basic techniques for maximizing sharpness, but what about the tools that really help too? Here's some hardware to help you go the extra mile in your quest for ultra-sharp photos. - The tripod…

5 Game-Changing Photo & Video Apps

I’m not one who typically takes my phone photography particularly seriously
By William Sawalich
I'm not one who typically takes my phone photography particularly seriously. But since I started using Instagram I've found myself growing increasingly enamored, not only with that service in particular (especially for the way it brings me the work from great photographers around the world) but with my cell phone…

How To Photograph Art Like an Expert

My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork
By William Sawalich
My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork. He is also a former staff photographer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he photographed everything from tiny paintings to large sculptures and installations. When I wanted…

Photographic Copy Work

The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images is called copy stand photography, or copy work
By William Sawalich
The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images (such as paintings, drawings, prints or photographs) is called copy stand photography, or copy work. It involves making the closest duplicate of the original image as possible. That means minimizing distortion with the right lens and camera position, and lighting the subject so…

Contrast Correction and Color Balance By The Numbers

No matter what mood you’re trying to create in a photograph, one thing about exposure values generally remains true
By William Sawalich
No matter what mood you're trying to create in a photograph, one thing about exposure values generally remains true: there should be pure black values and pure white values if you want your images to have pleasing contrast and reproduce well. If you can set a solid baseline of black…

Learning to Light Shiny Objects

What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold?
By William Sawalich
What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold? Simple: you end up photographing whatever is visible in the reflection. If you point your camera straight into the bathroom mirror, for instance, you'll take a picture of your own reflection, right? The same…
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