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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…

The Most Important Flash Tip

For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories
By William Sawalich
For many of us, when we purchased our first DSLR, we also acquired a few accessories. Commonly included in that kit is a handheld flash, or speedlight. These flashes mount to the hot-shoe on top of the camera, and are brilliant devices that communicate with the camera via TTL metering…

Use A Polarizer On A Cloudy Day

Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right?
By William Sawalich
Why do you put a polarizer on your lens? Everybody knows the answer to this question, right? You do it when you want to make blue skies on sunny days look really deep blue. Oh, and you can also use polarizers to eliminate strong reflections, from window glass or even…

Archiving With Lightroom

When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed
By William Sawalich
When I began using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as my primary digital image management tool, I wondered how I would feel about the catalogs I was creating after a few years had passed. Well, a few years have passed and I couldn't be happier with Lightroom's organizational capabilities. One of my…

Make High-Key Portraits Indoors And Out

When you’re photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait
By William Sawalich
When you're photographing a person and you realize that the subject and background are both presenting you with bright tones, you may want to consider making a high-key portrait. High-key images are photographs in which almost all of the values in the scene remain light and bright, with minimal deep…
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