An Automatic ISO Primer

How and why to use the auto ISO feature on your DSLR
By William Sawalich
For a long time in my photography career, I used digital SLRs just like the film cameras that came before—relying heavily on the manual features that I knew would provide me with total control. But eventually I began to investigate the functionality of all sorts of helpful automatic settings, things…

Better Low Light Photography

How to make the most of a photo op when the light is low
By William Sawalich
It's easy to make sharp photos in broad daylight, or beautiful photos with golden sunset light. But what do you do when the light gets really low and you still want to shoot? Here's a handful of tips to help you improve your low light photography skill. - Don't be…

Frequency Separation Retouching… For Hair!

This popular skin retouching technique is also great for taming flyaway hair
By William Sawalich
The frequency separation technique is particularly popular among portrait retouchers who want a subject's skin to look its best without appearing overly retouched or, heaven forbid, downright fake. As good as the process is for skin, it's also quite effective when retouching hair—for eliminating flyaways and stray hairs, in particular.…

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…
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