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How To Buy A Lens

What lens should I buy?
By William Sawalich
A photography student recently asked me the million-dollar question: "What lens should I buy?" She wanted to add to her budding camera kit, and she was hoping beyond hope—as most folks who ask this question are—that I would simply answer with the perfect, magical equipment choice. "You need the Argonaut…

Using Photoshop’s Color Look Up Tables

Have you heard about Color Look Up Tables
By William Sawalich
Have you heard about Color Look Up Tables? They're a fairly recent addition to the photographic workflow, having been added to Photoshop in version CS6. But the premise behind color look up tables (sometimes called CLUTs or LUTs) has been around a lot longer than that as a method of…

Get Started With Light Painting

Many photographers will tell you that they are painters of light, which sure enough may be true
By William Sawalich
Many photographers will tell you that they are painters of light, which sure enough may be true. But, there's a specific technique known as light painting that involves a long exposure and the deliberate addition of light to the subject by "painting" it in specific areas of a scene. Photographers…

Don’t Shoot on Green Screen

Every once in a while, while referring to the creation of multiple photographs with the intention of compositing them together in a finished blended image, someone will use the phrase “shoot it on a green screen.”
By William Sawalich
Every once in a while, while referring to the creation of multiple photographs with the intention of compositing them together in a finished blended image, someone will use the phrase "shoot it on a green screen." The term "green screen" tends to be loosely interpreted, but most folks are talking…

Five Ways To Black And White

Back in the good ol’ days of the darkroom, creating a black and white photograph was easy
By William Sawalich
Back in the good ol' days of the darkroom, creating a black and white photograph was easy: start with black and white film in the camera and end up with a black and white print. But thanks to the digital revolution, what has become even easier—black and white with one…

Choose The Right Lighting Setup

So you want to improve your photographs by improving your lighting
By William Sawalich
So you want to improve your photographs by improving your lighting. Sounds like a good plan to me. But there are a lot of viable lighting options out there, so here's a primer explaining the pros and cons of various lighting options you have at your disposal. STROBE VS. CONTINUOUS…
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