How To Photograph Art Like an Expert

My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork
By William Sawalich
My friend Elon Schoenholz is a talented photographer who is often hired by museums to photograph gallery interiors and artwork. He is also a former staff photographer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he photographed everything from tiny paintings to large sculptures and installations. When I wanted…

Photographic Copy Work

The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images is called copy stand photography, or copy work
By William Sawalich
The foundation of photographically reproducing two-dimensional images (such as paintings, drawings, prints or photographs) is called copy stand photography, or copy work. It involves making the closest duplicate of the original image as possible. That means minimizing distortion with the right lens and camera position, and lighting the subject so…

Ultimate Imaging Combo

What does it take to show off the capabilities of advanced photo-printing technology?
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{mp4}epson/1-17-EpsonBTS_Motorcycle_LaRoche-Hasselblad{/mp4} What does it take to show off the capabilities of advanced photo-printing technology? Go on set at Stage 3 Productions in Warren, MI, as Epson teams up with Hasselblad to create a stunning 1.2GB RAW file image that pushes the limits of digital imaging and printing. You'll also get…

Contrast Correction and Color Balance By The Numbers

No matter what mood you’re trying to create in a photograph, one thing about exposure values generally remains true
By William Sawalich
No matter what mood you're trying to create in a photograph, one thing about exposure values generally remains true: there should be pure black values and pure white values if you want your images to have pleasing contrast and reproduce well. If you can set a solid baseline of black…

Black-And-White Magic

I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here.
By Rick Sammon
I usually give how-to advice in this column, and I'll do that here. Before we begin talking about the "how" of black-and-white, let's talk about the "why." Here's the original color file from which I created the opening image for this column. I took the shot in Iceland on one…

Learning to Light Shiny Objects

What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold?
By William Sawalich
What happens when you try to photograph a reflective surface such as glass, chrome or gold? Simple: you end up photographing whatever is visible in the reflection. If you point your camera straight into the bathroom mirror, for instance, you'll take a picture of your own reflection, right? The same…
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