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Thoughts on a Steampunk Train Shoot

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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Balancing Light Bulbs with Strobes

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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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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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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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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Imagenomic Noiseware

Imagenomic Noiseware

This updated software reduces noise with one click.

By Tom Bol | October 21, 2013

Noise has long been the dread of digital photographers.  It creeps into shadows, night skies and even skin tones when you crank up the ISO. Luckily, every new DLSR that arrives seems to better handle noise from shooting at high ISO. Remember when ISO 800 was a big deal? Then came... Read More

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Industrial Color Brands: The West Side Story, Part 2

A Conversation with Business Director and General Manager Joann Gambino

By Vince Gonzales | September 21, 2013

In part two of my article on Industrial Color Brands I visit the “Best Coast” location headed up by Business Director and General Manger Joann Gambino.  I sat down with Joann at the Culver City location and talked about Industrial... Read More

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Breaking Down Double Exposure Technique

Breaking Down Double Exposure Technique

new waves, no secrets, exactly how - from Gavin Phillips

By Sara Frances | September 18, 2013

I’ve got my favorite, old fashioned ways to make doubles, but Gavin Phillip’s new “industrial revolution” tutorials simplify the process of creating beautiful double exposures for everyone. So easy to begin and fine-tune what used to be time and tricks intensive in... Read More

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How to make and add texture overlays to photos

How to make and add texture overlays to photos

Think mystery, excitement, glamour, exoticism, allure, charm. A bouquet of possibilities.

By Sara Frances | September 18, 2013

Overlays are all about romance. Pictures we’re emotionally drawn to need more than a “just the facts” look. Imagine

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Better Bokeh

Better Bokeh

Techniques to improve your bokeh.

By Tom Bol | August 29, 2013

Have you ever been to a photo tradeshow and listened to people talk about their lens bokeh? To a non-photographer, this sounds a little suspicious. First question, how come everybody is saying bokeh so many different ways...how do you say bokeh? And second, more importantly, what is... Read More

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Industrial Color Brands: Servicing a Modern Digital Industry, Part 1

A Conversation with Founder and CEO Steve Kalalian

By Vince Gonzales | July 22, 2013

Leisurely scanning the archives of the Production Paradise website, an eye popping black and white Guess ad caught my eye shot by fashion photographer, Alix Malka and finished by New York based studio, Industrial Color.  My interest piqued, I... Read More

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Alien Skin Exposure 5

Alien Skin Exposure 5

The new version of Exposure is a major upgrade with many new features.

By Tom Bol | July 07, 2013

In the early years of my photography career, I shot volumes of Velvia 50 and Provia 100. I knew any landscape I shot with Velvia 50 would be saturated and rich, you could also feel the tones and textures in the shot. Naturally when I started shooting digital, I attempted to duplicate... Read More

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Palm Springs Photo Festival

Photo Enthusiasts Gather in the Desert for The 2013 Festival

By Vince Gonzales | May 08, 2013

The Palm Springs Photo Festival was held this year at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Palm Springs for 6 days drawing photographers, vendors, lecturers and players of all types involved in the creation and business of photography.  The event director, Jeff Dunas created an environment... Read More

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Topaz Detail 3

Topaz Detail 3

This useful plug-in gives you more control than ever of your sharpening.

By Tom Bol | April 25, 2013

Bottom line, if your shot isn't sharp, then nothing else matters...delete, delete, delete.  I spend countless hours working on my images after a shoot, and sharpening is one of the most important parts of my workflow.  Sharpening takes some time to master since not all... Read More

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Simplify Your Creative Business

Simplify Your Creative Business

By Dan Carr | April 03, 2013

As a self-employed creative professional I wear many hats on a daily basis.  My virtual hat rack includes photographer, accountant, marketing manager, administrative assistant, video editor, writer, lawyer and business development manager.  You can see why I need a whole... Read More

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Working The Red Carpet

"Game of Thrones" Premiere at The TCL Chinese Theatre

By Vince Gonzales | March 29, 2013

Publicists, executives, starlets- oh my.  I covered the recent red carpet for the upcoming season premiere of HBO’s "Game of Thrones" at the TCL Chinese Theatre and after party at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.  As a contributor to FilmMagic and... Read More

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Giving Back

Visiting the students at Orange Coast College

By Tony Donaldson | March 14, 2013

I recently had a chance to talk to the students of Leslie McCall's Professional Digital Techniques class at Orange Coast College. OCC has an amazing facility and great faculty. The school is amazing, there are tons of 5D, 7D, Canon AE-1 (film bodies) cameras and lenses, all Profoto... Read More

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