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A Wireless Trigger for HDR and More

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If you need a wireless trigger for HDR bracketing and normal long exposures for less tham $100, tthis is a viable option.

By Jose Antunes | April 15, 2014

When I recently decided  to get a new wireless trigger to substitute my Canon TC-80N3, I opted for the Phottix Aion, a "all in one" system you should probably check if you're in the market for a new trigger. Read More

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Topaz Detail: More Sharpness at a Lower Price

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The quest for more detail in photos does not always have to go through the most common tools. Try Topaz Detail for a change!

By Jose Antunes | April 10, 2014

Forget the old Unsharp Mask many old timers still think is the peak of technology (yes, you still hear this from some people!). Also, go out of the ordinary routes and beyond the Smart Sharp path many use. Or any of the other sharpening tools commonly available to most people. Try something different, exploring the options of Topaz Detail, one plugin that works with most common photography editors, and will extend you ability to get detail in your photos.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

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The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | April 07, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S.

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Comparing 6 Cameras

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | April 07, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are comparing 6 cameras on our mountain man and woman shoot. We were working in Utah shooting for a client in late February and had a day off to shoot some lessons. We found a great location with teepees and hired a horse and mountain man and woman to be... Read More

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Master Your Pop-up Flash

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Once you learn to control the pop-up flash on your camera, photography becomes much more interesting. Take the first step now.

By Jose Antunes | April 03, 2014

The idea that flash is to be used only when it is dark, is plain wrong, and the general idea that pop-up flash is unprofessional and should not be used  at all is a second common error amongst photographers of all ages.

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Best WordPress Plugins For Photographers

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By Dan Carr | April 02, 2014

WordPress is the world’s most popular web platform with over 77 million installs running right now.  Many photographers use WordPress to host their portfolios and blogs but out of the box WordPress is a mere skeleton of the powerhouse it can... Read More

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The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The happy owners of the retro looking Nikon Df now have a guide to understand the camera.

By Jose Antunes | April 01, 2014

Fresh from the press, the new Nikon Df Experience - The Still Photographer's Guide to Operation and Image Creation is an eBook user's guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated, powerful, retro-styled full-frame camera.  Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the camera's basic and advanced features, settings, and controls in your photography.

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Gear Tips For Outdoor Photographers

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Stealth Gear or MindShift Gear are familiar names to most photographers that need to battle the elements in outdoor photography.

By Jose Antunes | March 30, 2014

When leading a group of people on a photo tour I usually get asked about the equipment used for outdoor photography. Not cameras and lenses or tripods, but trousers and other items that make for a more comfortable day out, and also protect your equipment. Here is a small list of gear for those moments.

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Thoughts on a Steampunk Train Shoot

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | March 28, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are going to try something new. Instead of our normal lighting breakdown, I am going to share my thoughts on a steampunk train shoot. I am going to go through every shot I made and explain what was going on through my head at the time.

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Google Drive Drasticly Drops Pricing - Now Viable For Photo Storage?

Google Drive Drasticly Drops Pricing - Now Viable For Photo Storage?

Automated off site backup just got cheaper

By Dan Carr | March 24, 2014

Google recently slashed the prices of it's Drive cloud storage solution.  I don't use the word 'slashed' lightly, but since 1TB of cloud storage used to cost you $50 and now only costs $9.99 I think it's usage is deserved! ... Read More

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GoPro Replacement Lenses for Hero3/3+ Black from Peau Productions

Affordable Quality Glass Lenses Give You More HFOV Options with Your GoPro

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | March 22, 2014

The more that I've gotten into aerial videography & photography with the GoPro Hero3/3+ Black, the more I've had issue with the GoPro's OEM "fisheye" wide angle HFOV (Horizontal Field Of View), which distorts the horizon and creates a curved "bubble" effect. The biggest issue with that is when the quadcopter is in motion or the camera is tilted up, the bowing effect of the horizon or long straight lines such as fences, buildings and light poles look like rubber. There are a couple different third-party producers of replacement lenses for the GoPro and after some research, I decided to contact Peau Productions to test a couple of their lenses. Here are my results of this test...

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LinkedIn For Photographers

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Unlock the hidden potential for your photography business

By Dan Carr | March 20, 2014

Whilst LinkedIn doesn't get the media attention of many of the other faster growing social sites it's been slowly gathering pace since its launch in 2003 and now they have 277 million users.

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Using a Tilt-Shift Lens for Focus Control

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | March 20, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are shooting out at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California. Here we will look at the process of using a Tilt-Shift lens for focus control.

Before we break into the lighting lesson, we will talk about how the Tilt-Shift lens works and how we... Read More

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Zacuto Introduces New Lens Supports For Canon And Zeiss Lenses On DSLRs

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By Dan Carr | March 20, 2014

An interesting product from Zacuto for those using Canon Cine Primes and Zeiss Compact Primes.  Clever design!

 

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Take Better Photographs With Your Smartphone

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When I told my friends I also use my smartphone to take photos, they asked for my Instagrams. They were wrong: I create photos!

By Jose Antunes | March 18, 2014

Learning to use a smartphone to take photographs has been, I must say, a slow process, as I am a DSLR user, was a SLR user before that, and also a medium-format photographer, for many years, while using film. I used Bronicas for much of the commercial work I did. I've played with compact cameras - in fact tested many models, both in film and digital formats - but taking pictures with a Smartphone was not in my plans. Even less to transform each image in an Instagram.

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Mixing HMI and LED Lights

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | March 13, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are shooting out at the Orange Empire Railway Museum. They gave us access to their steam train and WW2 passenger cars. We will use this setting to look at the process of mixing HMI and LED lights.

We are lighting a very large area. It’s... Read More

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Topaz DeNoise: Less Noise, More Detail

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Removing noise from photos requires a well thought approach. Topaz DeNoise seems perfect for the job. It is slow but reliable.

By Jose Antunes | March 13, 2014

There's one valid and simple reason why I mostly use Topaz Labs DeNoise when editing images. It works! Using it regularly is something that grew naturally in me, as I find the results worthwhile the effort. Now, it is not the fastest noise removal software around, but it surely can offer you results you usually do not get with other software.

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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

It’s a ring thing - in dramatic closeup of course!

By Sara Frances | March 12, 2014

The smallest and usually most valuable (in $$ and sentiment) wedding accessory deserves special

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Microplasma, Your Next Studio Light

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LED may be the recent rage when it comes to light, but microplasma may well be the future portable sun for photographers.

By Jose Antunes | March 12, 2014

At NAB 2014, in Las Vegas, EdenPark Ilumination is showing what they call the evolution of light: their Studio 3000 Microplasma Light, a thin panel that is easier to store, transport and set up than traditional studio lights, and offers high quality, uniform light.

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Promote Control

Promote Control

This remote opens up new possibilities for photographers

By Tom Bol | March 11, 2014

With HDR and time-lapse photography being so popular these days, the biggest challenge for photographers is figuring out how to shoot these images.  Many DSLRs (but not all!) have automatic bracketing functions that allow some frames to be bracketed for an HDR shot.  And... Read More

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