Choose The Right Lighting Setup

So you want to improve your photographs by improving your lighting
By William Sawalich
So you want to improve your photographs by improving your lighting. Sounds like a good plan to me. But there are a lot of viable lighting options out there, so here's a primer explaining the pros and cons of various lighting options you have at your disposal. STROBE VS. CONTINUOUS…

Layer Masking Tips

I started working with Photoshop way back in the early ‘90s, so I remember a time when Photoshop lacked what today I consider its most powerful tool
By William Sawalich
I started working with Photoshop way back in the early '90s, so I remember a time when Photoshop lacked what today I consider its most powerful tool: layer masking. I worked for years without masks, and for a long time I considered my workaround methods a suitable stand-in. I was…

New Backgrounds With Nothing But Light

Changing the look of the background is discussed
By William Sawalich
I was recently working with a new assistant on location making portraits for a corporate client, when the topic of changing the look of the background came up. I explained to her that our middle-gray background (lit with a focused spot from a gridded strobe) could be turned into anything…

Go Deep

About five or six years ago, the term "bokeh" started getting batted around a lot in the photography community.
Text & Photography By J. Dennis Thomas
About five or six years ago, the term "bokeh" started getting batted around a lot in the photography community. Bokeh became one of the most overused buzzwords of the decade, and now just about every online discussion or review of a lens discusses the phenomena of bokeh at length. Bokeh…

Workflow, Start To Finish, Part 1

My shutter seems like it's going to catch on fire at my current frame rate.
Text & Photography By Tom Bol
"Click click click click click click." My shutter seems like it's going to catch on fire at my current frame rate. I'm leaning off a cliff on Mount Lemmon, near Tucson, in the middle of a photo shoot for Nikon. My job for the last week has been photographing adventure…

The Painterly Image

For most photographers, taking pictures is only a part of the creative image-making process.
By Rick Sammon
For most photographers, taking pictures is only a part of the creative image-making process. The other part, and for some photographers, even the most important part, is enhancing their pictures in the digital darkroom. Image enhancements aren't new. Famed landscape photographer Ansel Adams and noted portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh of…
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