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With more than two decades of experience Jay P. Morgan brings to his commercial studio two special qualities: a keen appreciation of the bizarre and a knack for flawlessly executing elaborate shots. As a result, the studio’s signature style– imaginative, highly staged “vignettes” which typically flout every convention from gravity to propriety– has won national and international recognition as well as a steady roster of major clients. The disarming freshness and outlandish perspective make the work interesting and visually arresting....

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How to Photograph Christmas Lights

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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.

1. Time of... Read More

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How to Shoot One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location By Yourself

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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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11 Tips to Photograph Wild Animals Without Getting Killed

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By JPMorgan | November 07, 2014

I wanted to use my Tamron 150-600mm lens and see how it worked photographing wildlife. I don’t have much experience with wildlife photography so I called up my father. He shot for National Geographic, the Audubon Society, and many other magazines for years.

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One Light Corporate Image

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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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How to Photograph and Outline Hair

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By JPMorgan | October 13, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, I am going to show you how to do a simple light setup for a person (or two Yetis) in order to be able to outline the subject from the background. We chose a dark gray background so it would be easier to outline the white fur. We are then going to take the... Read More

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Combining LEDs and Tungsten Lights

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By JPMorgan | October 06, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are shooting a commercial for a client called Mini Bini. They make an air freshener for your trash can that really works. To show how well it works, we are shooting a woman lying on a bed of garbage – literally lying on a bed that is covered in... Read More

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Creating a Retro Mummy Image

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By JPMorgan | September 29, 2014

Today on the Slanted Lens, we are shooting out at the old LA Zoo in Griffith Park. It used to be a creepy place, nestled in the overgrown brush about the current LA Zoo. While it has been cleaned up and is open to the public to visit, the creepy factor is still there. We are going to... Read More

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Shooting Time-Lapse Photography at Night

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By JPMorgan | September 22, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are up at Mono Lake in northern California to teach you about shooting time-lapse photography at night. I want to get a great shot of the Milky Way as it moves across the night sky behind the tufas, which are the towers of calcium build up present all... Read More

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Creating a Fantasy Portrait with Simple Elements

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By JPMorgan | September 12, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are creating a fantasy portrait with simple elements. We’re shooting a stylized shot of a girl holding an umbrella in the wind — just a fun exercise in lighting on a set.

We will create an environment with three main elements: 1)... Read More

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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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Using Double Reflectors to Light a Cave

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By JPMorgan | June 30, 2014

For today’s The Slanted Lens lesson, we are shooting a commercial with Joel Ackerman of Ackermania Creative. They create viral-style commercials that are highly entertaining but still focus on selling the product. We will be using double reflectors to light a cave as we shoot... 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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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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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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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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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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