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Diffusion Filter Comparison

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By JPMorgan | July 11, 2014

For today’s TSL lesson, we are going to look at camera diffusion and do a diffusion filter comparison. In the late ’80s and ’90s, you could not shoot with enough diffusion on the camera. Today, we live in an era of sharpness. We’ve hit the point where... Read More

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Lighting an F-16 with 400 Watt Strobes

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By JPMorgan | June 17, 2014

For today’s The Slanted Lens lesson, we are shooting out at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, AZ. We want to get shots of fighter pilot Josh “Chunk” Moffet with his F-16. What an incredible airplane!

The first obstacle we have to deal with is the plane facing... Read More

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Using the Sun as a Key Light

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By JPMorgan | June 02, 2014

For today’s Slanted Lens lighting lesson, we are back with cowboy extraordinaire Will Roberts. Our goal was to get a shot of Will spinning a 50 foot lasso on top of a plastic horse. This shoot had three obstacles to overcome:

Isolate the talent in the background... Read More

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Publicity Shoot with Speedlites

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By JPMorgan | May 26, 2014

For today’s lighting tutorial lesson, we are shooting publicity shots for world famous trick roper Will Roberts with speedlites. For our shoot we came across four obstacles:

    We are shooting in direct sun.     We want to freeze the... Read More

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Adjusting Camera Meters in Snow

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By JPMorgan | May 20, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are still up in Midway, Utah, shooting in what little snow there is left. We started out with no snow falling and ended with a good amount of wet snow coming down hard. It’s very difficult to keep the cameras dry in this situation and keep shooting.... 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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Fashion Designer Trina Turk and Photographer Jonathan Skow on Creating a Southern California Brand

The Couples’ Love of Art, Design and Architecture Shape a Contemporary Lifestyle Collection

By Vince Gonzales | May 06, 2014

I got a chance to sit down with fashion designer Trina Turk and her husband photographer Jonathan Skow at their spacious mid century home overlooking the Palm Springs valley.  I first met Trina & John when they lived a few doors down from me in Los Feliz 18 years ago when Jonathan and... Read More

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Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

A flash unit that can keep pace with your fastest camera frame rate.

By Tom Bol | April 28, 2014

Game changer.  Those are the two words that describe the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 strobes.  First, I was laughing like a child when I turned on these units, cranked my D4 up to 10 frames a second, and watched in wonder as these strobes popped off at 10 frames a second,... Read More

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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.

We are... Read More

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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

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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