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Build A Speedlight Softbox

When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I’ve always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer
By William Sawalich
When it comes to modifying my speedlight, I've always been a bit of a do-it-yourselfer. For instance, my favorite flash modifier is a simple white card and rubber band, employed to create a great bounce when the flash is pointed straight up. More important, though, it's dirt cheap and easily…

Quick Fix Fridays: Take a Hike!

Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree.
By Rick Sammon
Happy Friday! Edward Weston, one of the most respected photographs of all time, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing." I agree. When it comes to outdoor photography, I say, "Take a hike (or drive or ride) for creative composition." Let me explain. The opening image for this post…

Quick Fix Fridays: Reduce The Noise In Your Nighttime Shots

My dad had a wonderful photo saying: "If a picture is so boring that you notice the noise, it's a boring picture."
By Rick Sammon
My dad had a wonderful photo saying: "If a picture is so boring that you notice the noise, it's a boring picture." That said, noise could actually add to the mood of a picture. On the other hand, it can be distracting. It's up to you whether or not to…

How To Photograph Cars

Did you ever find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation trying to pull off a tremendous photograph
By William Sawalich
Did you ever find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation trying to pull off a tremendous photograph? Only all the time, right? It seems like I'm always trying to pull a proverbial rabbit out of my photographic hat. Like when a client recently hired me to photograph a beautiful car in…

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…
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