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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…

How To Photograph Art Like an Expert

My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork
By William Sawalich
My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork. He is also a former staff photographer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he photographed everything from tiny paintings to large sculptures and installations. When I wanted…

Photographic Copy Work

The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images is called copy stand photography, or copy work
By William Sawalich
The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images (such as paintings, drawings, prints or photographs) is called copy stand photography, or copy work. It involves making the closest duplicate of the original image as possible. That means minimizing distortion with the right lens and camera position, and lighting the subject so…
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