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Layer Images To Eliminate Noise

As great as digital camera sensors have become at combating noise, this film-grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head
By William Sawalich
As great as digital camera sensors have become at combating noise, this film-grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures. So, removing excessive noise—literally improving the signal-to-noise ratio—is as important as ever. There are plenty of traditional approaches to eliminating noise—from using Photoshop's…

Getting Creatively Unstuck

There’s a technique I preach when teaching students about arranging tabletop still-life photographs
By William Sawalich
There's a technique I preach when teaching students about arranging tabletop still-life photographs. Because we tend to arrange things a little too perfectly even when we're working hard not to, I like to suggest setting up a scene just as you think it should be and then moving the camera…

How To Future-Proof Your RAW Files

In a back room of my studio we have a half dozen file cabinets jammed full of negatives and transparencies from the good ol' film era
By William Sawalich
In a back room of my studio we have a half dozen file cabinets jammed full of negatives and transparencies from the good ol' film era. The bad thing about them is they take up a lot of space, but the good news is they're essentially future-proofed. They're analog, and…

Catalog Photography How-To

Sometimes it's the simplest shots that require the most carefully crafted techniques
By William Sawalich
Sometimes it's the simplest shots that require the most carefully crafted techniques. That's my opinion of simple studio-style catalog photography, in which a product of some sort is photographed on a white background. It's a clean, clear, straightforward representation. But, as anyone who's ever attempted making a white background bright…

Split Toning Three Ways

In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn’t settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print
By William Sawalich
In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn't settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print. They took their silver-halide process one step further and toned prints to make them last longer. This archival processing had an added benefit: the resulting tones—blues from one element, pinks, browns…

What You Can Learn From Shooting JPEGs

I've been a RAW shooter for several years now, but that doesn't mean I’ve mastered every aspect of the format
By William Sawalich
I've been a RAW shooter for several years now, but that doesn't mean I've mastered every aspect of the format. I try to learn new things about my tools and techniques every day. I already knew that when working with RAW files you have to do some things manually that…
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