Emulating Open Shade With Strobes

To create broad soft light with strobes, bouncing is key
By William Sawalich
Open shade is one of the most beautiful portrait lights there is. It can be found anywhere, practically any time of the day, almost always outside. Open shade is brighter than "heavy shade," because indirect light is reflected off of open sky, nearby buildings or even the ground. It's this…

Digital Toning For Beautiful Black And White

How to use Lightroom and Photoshop to add dimension to black-and-white photos
By William Sawalich
Split Toned Before For generations of darkroom print makers, toning a black and white print was not only a way to add beauty via a subtle gold, sepia or blue tone, but it also added longevity as well. Bonding metals such as gold and selenium to the silver in black…

How To Make A Photo Look Like An Oil Painting

Photoshop’s art history brush is a fast and fun way to emulate the look of an oil painting
By William Sawalich
Before If you've got a photo you'd like to makeover with a painterly flair, consider using Photoshop's Art History Brush. It can transform any photograph into a virtual impressionist painting. I find that it works particularly well on landscapes, flowers, and naturalistic images in general. Found just beneath the History…

Change Your Lens Or Move Your Feet?

The difference between zooming your lens and zooming with your feet
By William Sawalich
In the development of every photographer, at some point we figure out that there are multiple ways to approach the composition of any scene. For instance, if you know you want to shoot a portrait of a person in the park, and you want to photograph her from the waist…

The Peripheral Vision Retouching Technique

How do you determine which spots need fixing? Look Here, Click There.
By William Sawalich
One of the most useful ways to put Photoshop to work improving a photograph is to use it for simple spotting and retouching of tiny distractions in any shot. With a portrait, for instance, small blemishes, pores and wrinkles serve to keep a portrait subject from looking his or her…

The Super-Simple Fix For Common Moiré

Got Moiré? Here’s the fastest, easiest way to eliminate it in Photoshop.
By William Sawalich
Have you ever encountered moiré? It's the discolored rainbow pattern that can pop up in digital images at the most inopportune times. It shows up when tight patterns in a subject's clothing (most often, I find, in the fine patterns of men's suits) create virtual interference due to the way…
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