You Need A Cable Release

To make sharp pictures, get your hands off your camera with these tools and techniques.
By William Sawalich
If you go back far enough in the history of photography, you'll get to a time where photographers absolutely had to use a cable release in order to trigger the shutter. And this was a good thing, as it usually makes for sharper pictures. Consequently large format photographers have been…

Beautiful Backlight

Taking and enhancing a backlit shot
By Rick Sammon
Light—it's the main element in every photograph. It's light that photographers endlessly chase in the field, strive to create and shape in the studio or artfully enhance in the digital darkroom. It's light that creates the mood in a scene—and in a photograph. Simply put, it's all about the light.…

If You Can Only Have One Background…

…A white seamless is your best bet. Here’s why.
By William Sawalich
- When you want your background to look white in pictures, it's much easier to start with a white background. True, you could dump enough light on a gray background that you overexpose it and make it look white, but this presents a number of challenges that are usually alleviated…

Turn A Hollow-Core Door Into A Long-Lasting Studio Reflector

How to DIY a versatile, rolling reflector that’s built to last
By William Sawalich
Foamcore and insulation sheeting make nice reflectors when you need something large—say, four feet or more in any dimension, and especially if you want a big ol' 4x8 sheet reflector. But the problem with these paper-based products is that they don't hold up well to use and abuse. So that's…

The One-Click Trick To Make Photoshop Adjustment Layers More Useful

A tiny little button makes a real big difference with Adjustment Layers
By William Sawalich
When working with Layers in Photoshop, one of the most powerful tools for lossless editing is the use of adjustment layers. Rather than actually changing the pixels in the content layer (i.e. altering the original image), you can use an adjustment layer to virtually put a filter over the layer…

Lightroom 6 For Landscapes

An intro to Lightroom’s new HDR Merge and Panorama Merge tools
Text & Photography By Jason Bradley
Creating landscapes has just become a lot easier. With version 6 of Lightroom (and updated Lightroom CC), our ability to stitch together panoramas, and blend images to create HDR files, now can all be done without leaving the Lightroom environment. The tool is called Photo Merge, and although it's new…
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