Light Meters Still Matter

Here’s how, and why, to use a handheld light meter effectively
By William Sawalich
There are some pretty cool things happening in the world of handheld light meters these days, like Sekonic's L-478 touchscreen light meter, which can do all sorts of amazing things like create custom profiles for cameras and lenses. But the fundamental task of handheld light meters has remained unchanged for…

Skin Retouching With Frequency Separation

I recently met a professional portrait retoucher who taught me all about her preferred method for skin retouching, commonly called the Frequency Separation technique
By William Sawalich
I recently met a professional portrait retoucher who taught me all about her preferred method for skin retouching, commonly called the Frequency Separation technique. It's a great way to separate the texture of skin from the tonalities. It's important to eliminate unwanted texture like wrinkles and blemishes while not eliminating…

HD Video Primer

During the early days of digital camera development, product design teams learned that the ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) that provided the brainpower for digital still cameras could be mutated to offer video capture features. Good news, eh? No, not really—not at the time.
By The Editors
There have been tremendous changes in recent years with regards to video in DSLRs. As a photography-aware consumer you have three major paths to video nirvana. All have advantages and disadvantages, and all have a place in your life. We’ll consider each separately a bit down the page. Regardless of…

Build An In-Home Photo Studio

Whether you’re shooting for fun or aspire to open your own photography business, building your own in-home studio opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities
By William Sawalich
Whether you're shooting for fun or aspire to open your own photography business, building your own in-home studio opens up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. From still-life product photos to refined studio-style portraits, an in-home photo studio can revolutionize the way you work. Here are a few things…

How To Photograph Football

Fall is here, and for a lot of us, fall means football
By William Sawalich
Fall is here, and for a lot of us, fall means football. If you'd like to try your hand at photographing football—whether it's a Pee Wee league, high school or the NFL—here are five great tips from professional photographer Dilip Vishwanat who covers football for clients like Sports Illustrated, Getty…

Making Long Daytime Exposures

I recently found myself on an impromptu afternoon walk, camera in hand, and faced with a babbling brook and a small waterfall
By William Sawalich
I recently found myself on an impromptu afternoon walk, camera in hand, and faced with a babbling brook and a small waterfall. Wanting to make one of those classic blurred-motion waterfall images, I knew it would take a long exposure and that the fact that it was the middle of…
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