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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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Diffusion Filter Comparison

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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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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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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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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Fantasy Portrait: The Day of the Dead

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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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