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How To Build A Book Light

I’m always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire
By William Sawalich
I'm always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire. The subtle differences between a simple softbox and a light bounced off a flat or through a silk are intriguing to me, because while each of these sources is "soft," they're both distinctly different. The type of…

Get Higher Resolution With a Tilt-Shift Lens

Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons
By William Sawalich
Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons: to combat distortion in architectural images or to change the plane of focus. But there's a third use for a tilt-shift lens that's particularly powerful: It can create a wider angle of view…

Three Great Uses For A 50% Gray Layer

The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing
By William Sawalich
The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing. Any edit you make doesn't irretrievably change the actual image-forming pixels, but rather these edits happen on layers above the original, unmodified background. A layer filled with 50% gray, when combined with a…

How To Find A Lens’ Sharpest Aperture

There’s an old photographer’s rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open
By William Sawalich
There's an old photographer's rule of thumb that states the sharpest aperture on a given lens can be found about three stops from wide open. That means on a lens with a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, the sharpest aperture is likely to be around ƒ/8. In practice, it's different with…

How To Fake A Ring Light Strobe

Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography
By William Sawalich
Ring lights are popular light sources, especially for fashion and glamour photography. The strong direction of the frontal source and its unique shadow outline are hard to replicate any other way—unless, of course, you don't have a ring light, and you want to fake it, as I did here. All…

Making Multiple Exposures In Camera

Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures
By William Sawalich
Did you know your DSLR might make it easy for you to make in-camera multiple exposures? DSLRs are increasingly outfitted with multiple exposure options, and I'd be surprised if sooner than later it wasn't standard for every camera. In the old days of film, you had to mechanically trick your…
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