The Ten Commandments Of Studio Product Photography

I drafted this list of ten commandments to help these young photographers maximize their chances of tabletop photography success
By William Sawalich
I teach a product photography class, and I'm consistently surprised when fairly advanced students still get confused on some basic do's and don'ts of camera settings for working in the studio, particularly with subjects that aren't moving. So I drafted this list of ten commandments to help these young photographers…

How To Up-Res An Image File

I recently sent an image file to a client who had plans to enlarge it to more than five feet wide for a trade show display
By William Sawalich
I recently sent an image file to a client who had plans to enlarge it to more than five feet wide for a trade show display. Straight out of the camera, my file was more than 5,000 pixels on the long side, and the printer's specifications said it should be…

Give New Life To Old Lenses

As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to my gear, I can be a bit of a cheapskate
By William Sawalich
As much as I hate to admit it, when it comes to my gear, I can be a bit of a cheapskate. It's not that I won't invest in good gear. On the contrary, I like to invest in good gear and then keep it for years and years and…

Layer Images To Eliminate Noise

As great as digital camera sensors have become at combating noise, this film-grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head
By William Sawalich
As great as digital camera sensors have become at combating noise, this film-grain-reminiscent interference can still rear its ugly head at high ISOs and in long exposures. So, removing excessive noise—literally improving the signal-to-noise ratio—is as important as ever. There are plenty of traditional approaches to eliminating noise—from using Photoshop's…

Getting Creatively Unstuck

There’s a technique I preach when teaching students about arranging tabletop still-life photographs
By William Sawalich
There's a technique I preach when teaching students about arranging tabletop still-life photographs. Because we tend to arrange things a little too perfectly even when we're working hard not to, I like to suggest setting up a scene just as you think it should be and then moving the camera…

How To Future-Proof Your RAW Files

In a back room of my studio we have a half dozen file cabinets jammed full of negatives and transparencies from the good ol' film era
By William Sawalich
In a back room of my studio we have a half dozen file cabinets jammed full of negatives and transparencies from the good ol' film era. The bad thing about them is they take up a lot of space, but the good news is they're essentially future-proofed. They're analog, and…
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