Master The Meter

Improve your exposure accuracy with a handheld light meter
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
When the photography world made the switch from film to digital, one casualty of the conversion was the handheld light meter. Those LCDs on the backs of cameras made handheld meters (in the eyes of many, at least) obsolete. But in fact, there's almost as much reason to use a…

How To Use A Large Format View Camera

An introduction to how 4x5 film cameras work
By William Sawalich
I recently sold a camera on eBay. It was a Linhof large format 4x5 studio camera. In the process, a potential buyer emailed to inquire about how to use the camera because his plans were to learn the process of using a view camera with this Linhof. It occurred to…

Learning to See in Black and White

Simple techniques to turn a platitude into a practical bit of photographic advice
By William Sawalich
It's a cliché that even I have used from time to time: to become a better black and white photographer, you've got to start to see the world in black and white. I don't mean moral extremes here. I'm talking about physically interpreting a scene in the unique ways that…

Pro Black & White Printing

Tips for getting the best results when working with a professional photo lab
By Ashley Myers-Turner, Photography By Drew Gurian & Andy Biggs
Before digital, enjoying and sharing photographs meant either slideshows, or more commonly, prints. Printmaking is an art unto itself, and that's no less true in digital photography. Some photographers prefer to master this part of the craft and make their own prints with a fine-art photo printer, but others prefer…

Using Lightroom’s Radial Filter

The radial filter is a great tool for vignetting and blurring off-center subjects.
By William Sawalich
One of the best ways to edit images inside Lightroom's Develop module is to put adjustments to use with the Graduated Filter and the Adjustment Brush. With the addition of the Radial Filter to this lineup, powerful adjustments now have a new level of control, and one that makes vignetting…

Save Retouching Notes Right In A File

Photoshop is a powerful program, made even better by the addition of simple note taking
By William Sawalich
Way back in the early 1990s, one of my first digital imaging instructors talked about the importance of making recipes for the digital edits we were making in Photoshop. That way we could always go back and adjust those changes later, or recreate them on a different image file. That…
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