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How to Photograph Christmas Lights

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | December 11, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are getting into the holiday spirit and are headed out to photograph Christmas lights. There are only a couple basic things you need to understand so you can go out and take great photographs of Christmas lights this holiday season.

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How to Shoot One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location By Yourself

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | November 21, 2014

 

This week on The Slanted Lens, I am in Maine heading out to Stonington to photograph fishermen. My goal with today’s lesson is to show how you can get one light dramatic portraits on location by yourself. I have no assistants with me,... Read More

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One Light Corporate Image

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | October 20, 2014

In today’s lesson, I am shooting a corporate image of someone in a call center. I have done these images for years and their success hinges on getting the right person to be the talent. The image represents the face of the company, so the talent should make the image feel open... Read More

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Nikon Df field report

Nikon Df field report

Shooting Nikon's retro Df camera.

By Tom Bol | May 14, 2014

When the Nikon Df was announced late last year, people took notice.  A vintage styled camera with a modern sensor under the hood.  Pretty cool. But some photographers were skeptical about the retro styling and performance of the camera.  I've been shooting a Df for... Read More

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Mixing HMI and LED Lights

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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Mixing Daylight with LED

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | February 27, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we are shooting two camera interviews with executives at East West Bank. We will look at the process of mixing an LED light source with window light as we shoot executive interviews. Because we are working with daylight, we will need a daylight balanced light... Read More

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Continuous Three Light Setup with Special Effects Lighting

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | February 11, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens we will create lighting for a superhero shot using a simple set, smoke and cookaloris or cookie. We will demonstrate the different hang times of the three Rosco smokes. We will show how to make a cookie or cookaloris and how to use it. We will show our... Read More

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Photographing Children

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | February 07, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens we are photographing children for a commercial project at Prestige Preschool Academy. I will share some of the tips that I have learned over the years when it comes to photographing children. We will discuss how to get into their world quickly and produce the... Read More

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Using Reflectors

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 31, 2014

Our TSL set-up today is using natural sunlight with reflectors to add highlights and interest. Reflectors are a great source of light for both stills and video. Using a translucent reflector to soften hard sunlight and a gold white reflector to reflect into your set for pleasing... Read More

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Shooting with Umbrellas

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 28, 2014

Today we are going to run and gun with umbrellas. Umbrellas have been the main stay of light modification in photography from the beginning. They are a lightweight, cheap, portable way to modify the light. We will concentrate on the large 72-inch umbrellas and see how we can create... Read More

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Umbrellas 101

Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 24, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we will discuss how to use umbrellas on set.  Umbrellas are a great modifier and the one that most people start with. They’re inexpensive compared to soft boxes and octodomes making them very attractive. They collapse and fold away making them very... Read More

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Fantasy Portrait: The Day of the Dead

Photography and Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 21, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we are going to break down a fantasy portrait we did of Nadia Dawn in her Day of the Dead make-up. We will look at the crew that was needed and the camera settings, use of smoke machines as well as the location. Then we will move on to the lighting breakdown.... Read More

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Advanced One Light Setups

Photography and Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 17, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we are shooting in a studio in downtown Los Angeles. We have beautiful Cynthia Chavez on our set and we will be exploring advanced lighting setups. Combining a single Dynalite strobe head with a Photoflex silver P22 reflector and a $15.00 dollar mirror from... Read More

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Testing Diffusion Materials on a Steampunk Set

By JPMorgan | January 14, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we are going to take a look at different diffusion materials Rosco makes. We will see how soft and how hard different diffusion materials are and how they wrap around the human face and effect the background as well. Diffusion has been a critical part of... Read More

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Strobes & Daylight

Making Them Work Together

By JPMorgan | January 09, 2014

In today's Slanted Lens lesson we are out at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Our lesson will look at how to blend strobes with daylight so that the image does not look artificially lit. We will look at a method that I use to see what the strobes are doing in daylight and help you... Read More

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Shooting a Chrome Surface on Location

A Video/Photo Lighting Tutorial

By JPMorgan | January 07, 2014

 

In today's TSL lesson we are out on location in downtown Los Angeles shooting for Pilot Freight Services. We are shooting a composite image that will require us to shoot chrome on location. Our shot is for a print ad that Pilot will run in consumer magazines. We... Read More

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Cultivating Creative Confidence

Cultivating Creative Confidence

Art = Innovation

By Sara Frances | December 29, 2013

It’s a delightful anchor to have, this thing we call creativity. But when life concerns press down, it’s often the first thing cast aside. Learn to make creativity your refuge, and it will be your inventive breakthrough..

I’m always looking for angles of thought that... Read More

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Maximum Speedlight Performance

Maximum Speedlight Performance

How to get fast recycle times and more power from your speedlight.

By Tom Bol | December 13, 2013

I teach a lot of lighting workshops, and many of these classes are on speedlight photography techniques. Today's speedlights are affordable and advanced; having one speedlight in your camera bag opens up endless creative possibilities. Better yet, today's speedlights have... Read More

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fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow

By Dan Carr | October 09, 2013

“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business.

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AAXA P4-X Pico Projector

AAXA P4-X Pico Projector

Palm projectors offer small size and great results.

By Tom Bol | September 18, 2013

Every year I manage to maintain my Gold status with United Airlines, easily logging over 50,000 miles. Much of this travel is related to teaching photo workshops. I've streamlined my equipment to minimize weight, but one obstacle I couldn't work around was my big, heavy LCD... Read More

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