Dramatic Lighting - Up Close and Personal

With the light close to the subject, contrast and drama both increase
By William Sawalich
When I interviewed tremendous luxury car photographer Tim Wallace last year, I was struck by how dramatic many of his automotive detail shots are. He’s a master of using light to let a sensuous subject emerge from the shadows, and he told me how he does it: lots of light.…

Making Metallic Prints

From the lab and at home, there are lots of great options for metallic printing.
By William Sawalich
It used to be that if you wanted to print on metal you'd have to make a tintype or, even earlier, go see Louis Daguerre. But in recent years, there's been a resurgence in metallic printing options, some of which are actually printed on sheets of real metal, while others…

How To Travel Light As A Photographer

Shaving pounds and ounces can make the difference between a traveling struggle and a truly pleasurable adventure
By William Sawalich
I love photography, and I love to travel. Problem is, I don’t necessarily love to travel for photography. The issue, of course, is figuring out how to get all the necessary equipment from point A to point B safely and efficiently. The best way to make this task easier is…

Seeing Life In Black & White

Create striking images with these five essential qualities of monochrome
Text & Photography By Meredith Winn
Is black-and-white the purest form of photography? Some photographers believe so. The art of black-and-white photography removes all distractions so the strength of the composition shines through. "Shadow is a color as light is, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones." Paul Cézanne was…

Should You Shoot In B&W?

The short answer is no—here’s why
By Wes Pitts
When you set out with the goal of making a black-and-white photo, you may be tempted simply to shoot in monochrome. Practically every digital camera provides this option, so why not simplify your postprocessing work by going grayscale from the start? 1 | You May Later Want A Color Version.…

Show Clipping For Black & White

Use this handy Lightroom feature to ensure deep blacks and bright whites
Text & Photography By Wes Pitts
In addition to the histogram, one of the most useful tools for checking your exposure in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is the Show Clipping option. You can toggle it on and off in the View menu or with the keyboard shortcut "J". Show Clipping identifies shadow and highlight areas at…
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