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…

Catalog Photography How-To

Sometimes it's the simplest shots that require the most carefully crafted techniques
By William Sawalich
Sometimes it's the simplest shots that require the most carefully crafted techniques. That's my opinion of simple studio-style catalog photography, in which a product of some sort is photographed on a white background. It's a clean, clear, straightforward representation. But, as anyone who's ever attempted making a white background bright…

The Painterly Portrait

While studying the painting, I observed the shadow and highlight areas of the painting, as well as the highlights on the girl's hair and arms.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
My guess is that most readers of Digital Photo don't rent a studio for thousands of dollars a month and don't have thousands of dollars invested in studio lighting equipment. Me, neither! That, however, doesn't stop me, and shouldn't stop you from making studio-quality images. All you need is basic…

The Professional Print

With a camera on every smartphone and the explosion of photo capturing and sharing, we're constantly surrounded by images.
By The Editors
With a camera on every smartphone and the explosion of photo capturing and sharing, we're constantly surrounded by images. The typical user of social media is inundated with dozens or even hundreds of images a day taken by friends and family. It's hard to stand out amidst the noise. This…
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