Tip of the Week

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.…

Tips and Tricks for Multiple Exposure Compositing

There’s an old saying that it’s always better to get a shot right in the camera whenever possible, as opposed to fixing it in post
By William Sawalich
There's an old saying that it's always better to get a shot right in the camera whenever possible, as opposed to fixing it in post. And this is certainly true, I've found, in most circumstances…But, not all the time. I also know that there are certain situations in which a…

Build Your Own Strip Light

There are all sorts of studio gadgets and light modifiers that I would love to add to my arsenal
By William Sawalich
There are all sorts of studio gadgets and light modifiers that I would love to add to my arsenal, but unfortunately I just don't have the budget for them all. At the top of that list is a set of strip lights. Strip lights are softboxes a few feet long…

Portrait Posing Guide

The great thing about photography is that there are very few hard and fast rules
By William Sawalich
The great thing about photography is that there are very few hard and fast rules, especially when it comes to the creative, compositional, aesthetic side of things. But there are definitely guidelines that have proven time and again to lead to better photographs. For instance, there are compositional "rules" that…
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