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Build A Speedlight Softbox

When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I’ve always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer
By William Sawalich
When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I've always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer. For instance, my favorite flash modifier is a simple white card and rubber band, employed to create a great bounce when the flash is pointed straight up. More important, though, it's dirt cheap and easily…

How To Photograph Cars

Did you ever find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation trying to pull off a tremendous photograph
By William Sawalich
Did you ever find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation trying to pull off a tremendous photograph? Only all the time, right? It seems like I'm always trying to pull a proverbial rabbit out of my photographic hat. Like when a client recently hired me to photograph a beautiful car in…

D-I-Y Beauty Shot Mode

Here’s how to recreate the effect in camera and in post
By William Sawalich
The first thing the beauty shot mode will do is slightly overexpose—whether that's via flash or available light. So, if you'd like to start there in-camera, simply set your manual exposure to be a half-stop or more overexposed. If you're shooting on an auto mode, adjust the exposure compensation to…

Mastering Low-Light Flash Fill

Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it
By William Sawalich
Low-light flash photography can be frustrating, especially when you're new to it. Balancing ambience nicely with flash seems like the mark of a masterful photographer, but it's actually fairly easy once you know the basics The trick to balancing ambient light with your flash is to think of these two…

Master the Art of Shooting Sunrise and Sunset

We hear it all the time: sunrise and sunset are two of the best times to shoot because of the quality of sunlight during these “magic hours"
By William Sawalich
We hear it all the time: sunrise and sunset are two of the best times to shoot because of the quality of sunlight during these "magic hours." But what, exactly makes these times so special? More important, what makes shooting at the beginning of the day different from shooting at…

Ten Reasons To Use A Tripod Other Than Long Exposures

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: You should use a tripod when you shoot with slow shutter speeds to make long exposures
By William Sawalich
Stop me if you've heard this one before: You should use a tripod when you shoot with slow shutter speeds to make long exposures. I know, tripods are old news. But, there are many more reasons to use a tripod other than when you're using slow shutter speeds. In fact,…
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