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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,…

His Pictures Look Better Than Mine! It Must Be The Camera!

I recently received an email from an old friend who is also a new photographer
By William Sawalich
I recently received an email from an old friend who is also a new photographer. She was working on an assignment and had a second photographer working with her. What she noticed was at the end of the day, the other photographer's pictures seemed better than her own. "Her pictures…

Multi-Image Compositing Tips - Part Two

Last week we covered my favorite in-camera tips for making multiple image composites
By William Sawalich
Last week we covered my favorite in-camera tips for making multiple image composites. Assuming you've followed that great advice and created separate individual images that are all nicely aligned and ready to make the merge into a single composite, you'll have an easier time compositing those exposures in the computer.…
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