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The Most Important Flash Tip

For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories
By William Sawalich
For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories. Commonly included in that kit is a handheld flash, or speedlight. These flashes mount to the hot-shoe on top of the camera, and are brilliant devices that communicate with the camera via TTL metering…

Use A Polarizer On A Cloudy Day

Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right?
By William Sawalich
Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right? You do it when you want to make blue skies on sunny days look really deep blue. Oh, and you can also use polarizers to eliminate strong reflections, from window glass or even…

Archiving With Lightroom

When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed
By William Sawalich
When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed. Well, a few years have passed and I couldn't be happier with Lightroom's organizational capabilities. One of my…

Mastering Intentional Blur

Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad
By William Sawalich
Most photographers would probably agree that blurry images are bad. Whether they're caused by poor focus, camera shake or a fast-moving subject, blur is not usually desirable. But, in some situations blur can actually be a valuable story-telling tool. It can demonstrate the speed of a fast-moving subject, or communicate…

Make High-Key Portraits Indoors And Out

When you’re photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait
By William Sawalich
When you're photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait. High-key images are photographs in which almost all of the values in the scene remain light and bright, with minimal deep…

How To Use Auto ISO

For the longest time I considered my camera’s auto ISO feature something only amateur photographers used
By William Sawalich
For the longest time I considered my camera's auto ISO feature something only amateur photographers used. It was for people who didn't fully understand the intricacies of light sensitivity and exposure adjustments, I told myself. True, I'd long used aperture priority and shutter priority automatic exposure modes when a situation…
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