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…

Split Toning Three Ways

In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn’t settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print
By William Sawalich
In the days of the darkroom, smart photographers didn't settle for simply making a pleasing black and white print. They took their silver-halide process one step further and toned prints to make them last longer. This archival processing had an added benefit: the resulting tones—blues from one element, pinks, browns…

Let Patience Yield The Magic

Earlier this year, my daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom.
Text & Photography By Stephanie Calabrese
Earlier this year, my daughter and I visited the Magic Kingdom. Disney attractions and experiences are being photographed by tens of thousands of visitors each day. The #Disney hashtag alone on Instagram yields more than 13.5 million image posts. What child isn't wowed by the sight of a castle? And…
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