Retouching Multi-Layered Files

The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers
By William Sawalich
The thing that really makes Photoshop an invaluable editing tool, in my opinion, is its ability to process images with layers. Layers allow you to make edits without ever changing the original image-forming pixels. They sit there undisturbed on the background below. By the time I'm ready to do the…

How To Build A Book Light

I’m always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire
By William Sawalich
I'm always studying soft lighting techniques in hopes of refining my portraiture repertoire. The subtle differences between a simple softbox and a light bounced off a flat or through a silk are intriguing to me, because while each of these sources is "soft," they're both distinctly different. The type of…

Get Higher Resolution With a Tilt-Shift Lens

Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons
By William Sawalich
Most photographers who employ a tilt-shift or perspective control lens do so for one of two reasons: to combat distortion in architectural images or to change the plane of focus. But there's a third use for a tilt-shift lens that's particularly powerful: It can create a wider angle of view…

Stranger In A Strange Land

When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience.
Text & Photography By Rick Sammon
When we travel, either to the other side of the world or to the other side of the country, making good people pictures can be a rewarding experience. Yes, that experience comes with some challenges, but it's pictures of people that make slideshows and web galleries come alive. Strong portraits,…

Make A Photo Book

After a trip to Moscow in the summer of 2000, I had two choices on how to catalog my travel photos to show off to my friends and family.
By Ashley Myers-Turner
After a trip to Moscow in the summer of 2000, I had two choices on how to catalog my travel photos to show off to my friends and family. The first involved sliding photos into crinkly plastic photo sleeves; the second, pulling out glue sticks, scissors and craft paper for…

Three Great Uses For A 50% Gray Layer

The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing
By William Sawalich
The whole idea behind editing an image on different layers in Photoshop is to employ non-destructive editing. Any edit you make doesn't irretrievably change the actual image-forming pixels, but rather these edits happen on layers above the original, unmodified background. A layer filled with 50% gray, when combined with a…
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