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Comparing 6 Cameras

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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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Gear Tips For Outdoor Photographers

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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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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Using a Tilt-Shift Lens for Focus Control

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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

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

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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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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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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Getting MoCap Schooled

Senior Technologist Eric Furie Gives Me a Tour of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts Motion Capture Lab

By Vince Gonzales | March 07, 2014

I got a chance to speak with Eric Furie at USC's Robert Zemeckis Center and had a tour of their state of the art Motion Capture Lab located at the School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.  Eric is the Senior Technologist... Read More

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6 Tips for Setting Up a Home or Office Studio

By JPMorgan | March 06, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens we are going to talk about 6 tips for setting up a home or office studio.

We will show you how to make a backdrop holder you can put on the wall that takes up very little space. How to control your window light and even how to make lights at home.... Read More

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Mixing Daylight with LED

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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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Balancing Light Bulbs with Strobes

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By JPMorgan | February 21, 2014

From Jay P Morgan,

Today on The Slanted Lens we will show you how to balance practical lights in a room with strobes. This principle can be a bit tricky to understand and apply but it is an important part of the photographic process. If you shoot with strobes you will need to... Read More

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Continuous Three Light Setup with Special Effects Lighting

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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

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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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Bending Light to Your Command

Control light so it falls where you want! It is simple with a series of reflectors you can fold and take with you anywhere.

By Jose Antunes | February 05, 2014

Once you start to use the Rogue Flash Bender series of accessories you’ll discover you can control light in multiple ways, as I keep finding for each new session using them. Their reflectors are foldable and easily adapted to be a reflector/diffuser, sometimes with a bit of a "gobo"... Read More

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Horror Lighting

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By JPMorgan | February 04, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens we are here with a few scary characters from a B-movie. We will be looking at how to create lighting for a horror photo shoot in the woods. This was a difficult shoot for many reasons. We were off in the woods, away from the road and had to carry all the... Read More

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Using Reflectors

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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

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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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Fujifilm X-T1: Back to the Classics

The new Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless camera shows Fujifilm aiming towards the design of SLRs. A true return to Fujifilm origins.

By Jose Antunes | January 28, 2014

The new Fujifilm X-T1 looks much like the Fujica SLRs from the 70s The recent series of X cameras from Fujifilm,  looking like rangefinders although they're mirrorless cameras in disguise, continues with a new model, this one looking much like an SLR. It's in fact, one could say, the Fujifilm X-E2, released in October of 2013, dressed in a new way., with some extras added. Only this time Fujifilm opted to go the "SLR way", like Olympus did with their recent mirrorless  models.

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Umbrellas 101

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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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