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How To Build And Use A V-Flat

If you’re outfitting a shooting space of any sort, from huge studio to converted garage, one of the most useful tools is a V-flat
By William Sawalich
If you're outfitting a shooting space of any sort, from huge studio to converted garage, one of the most useful tools is a V-flat. V-flats are easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects, and they're useful as everything from a multi-purpose light modifier to a portrait background. Here's how to make them…

How To Photograph Butterflies

Recently I found myself anxious for the arrival of warm weather and craving a bit of outdoor photography
By William Sawalich
Recently I found myself anxious for the arrival of warm weather and craving a bit of outdoor photography. So what did I do? I headed indoors, of course. I found my local butterfly house and got a dose of outdoor photography in its warm and comfortable confines. There are dozens…

The Importance of Negative Fill

Photographers learn at an early age about the importance of reflectors and fill light to prevent shadows from becoming too dark and dramatic
By William Sawalich
Photographers learn at an early age about the importance of reflectors and fill light to prevent shadows from becoming too dark and dramatic. But what many of us don't learn is the importance of the opposite—negative fill. Negative fill is a great way to add definition and dimension, as well…

Techniques for Maximizing Sharpness

When it comes to sharp pictures, we all know the age-old standard is to put the camera on a tripod and use a cable release
By William Sawalich
When it comes to sharp pictures, we all know the age-old standard is to put the camera on a tripod and use a cable release. But what other techniques can help increase sharpness, without requiring an investment in any new equipment? Here are eight great ones. - Use the sharpest…

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…
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