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Creating a Fantasy Portrait with Simple Elements

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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Using the Sun as a Key Light

Photography & Video Tutorial

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:

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Adjusting Camera Meters in Snow

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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Comparing 6 Cameras

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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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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Horror Lighting

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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Which macro lens is best?

Which macro lens is best?

Choosing the right macro lens depends on your shooting style.

By Tom Bol | January 20, 2014

I've been shooting a lot of macro lately, from flowers to butterflies to frogs.  But I don't always use the same lens, because macro shooting requires different equipment depending on the situation.  Here is the condensed guide to help you choose which macro lens is best for... Read More

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15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

15-Stop Singh-Ray Mor-Slo Filter

Use this filter for creative effects in midday light.

By Tom Bol | January 13, 2014

A little while ago I reported on the 10-Stop Mor-Slo filter from Singh-Ray.  This ND filter was great at blocking light for creative effects; if you wanted 30 second silky water shots this was the filter to create it. Now Singh-Ray has gone a step further with their 15-Stop Mor... Read More

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A Portable Light Studio for Nature Photographers

A new tripod became the center for my new portable studio for nature photography. Learn here how to build your own!

By Jose Antunes | January 10, 2014

For nature photography following Meet Your Neighbours protocol, you need a white background. I've just built my own very portable studio, and I am so happy with it and the results achieved that I want to share the news with you. Read on.

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Art of the Holiday Card

Art of the Holiday Card

Hand-made, much appreciated, portfolio-rich attention-getter

By Sara Frances | December 24, 2013

Holiday images, by email, Facebook or hand made card, are are perfect way to thank clients, revalue friendship and show off personal creativity. New Year is the perfect time, spanning religious preferences and cultures.

It’s easy to put appropriate thoughts of the season into a... Read More

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The Lazy Photographers White Background

The Lazy Photographers White Background

If you want to photograph flowers with white backgrounds, you can do it the lazy photographers way. Learn here how.

By Jose Antunes | December 22, 2013

Flower photography with white backgrounds is something that interests me, but I do not always want to carry with me the right material to do it. The proper way to do it requires, obviously, a background with the right colour, but once you find flowers under the right conditions, you can trick viewers into thinking you did a studio shot.

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AquaTech underwater flash

Waterproof housings for your TTL flash

By Tom Bol | December 20, 2013

After my earlier post on underwater wireless speedlights, many readers have been asking me if there is a dedicated underwater TTL flash housing, and the answer is yes.  I have long been a user of Aquatech products (see underwater shooting in my book, Adventure Sports Photography;... Read More

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I Received a Photography Award… And So What?

Photo awards online are now a daily routine, it seems. Even if you don't participate, you get an award. It's rather strange!

By Jose Antunes | December 12, 2013

Photo awards online now come by email. You open your computer and discover you've been the lucky recipient of a photo award. And you did nothing, many times, to win. He live in a rather strange world, from my point of view.

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Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1

A blazing fast mirrorless camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

By Tom Bol | November 20, 2013

I used to carry the indestructible Nikonos V with me on many of my adventure sports assignments. Shooting stories for Canoe and Kayak, I ventured from the iceberg-choked waters of Alaska to the steamy tropics of Honduras.  One piece of gear that never failed was my waterproof... Read More

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Singh-Ray IR Filter

Singh-Ray IR Filter

Shooting infrared without converting your camera to IR.

By Tom Bol | November 13, 2013

I recently saw a photography exhibit that had an infrared section.  Some of the IR shots were just plain cool.  So that naturally led me to researching how to create IR images.  The first solution that was mentioned was converting an 'old' camera to IR.... 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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When Should You Convert To Black & White?

To convert or not to convert.... that is the question.

By Dan Carr | September 24, 2013

I have just got back from a few weeks traveling and shooting in S.E Asia and much of my time was spent in Cambodia exploring the incredible ancient runins around Siem Reap, and then heading out on a 4X4 trip around the northern part of the country to access some more remote, less frequented places.  I had certain self imposed goals for the trip and wanted to make sure that I captured a full range of images so that I could package up a collection to sell to a photography magazine.  This meant getting some shots that truly showed the beauty of the Cambodian countryside and the life that lives within it. 

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Creating Visual Impact with Weather and Temperature

Creating Visual Impact with Weather and Temperature

How to make people shiver in two dimensions

By Sara Frances | August 30, 2013

Go for the cold! Seasons are changing, and I found this inspirational image group to suggest a project for the coming winter.

Rendering a feeling of temperature is the third way to harness natural elements to create image impact. The first two are time of day (or more precisely... Read More

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