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How to Photograph and Outline Hair

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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Getting Soaked for a Cause

Recreating The Popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" Video As a Photograph And Raising Money For ALS Research

By Vince Gonzales | October 01, 2014

Inspired by the large amounts of money raised from the overly saturated Ice Bucket Challenge trend- I felt a personal challenge to reimagine the popular video concept as a photograph and raise a little money myself for ALS research.  Wanting to capture the moment of ice water... Read More

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Creating a Retro Mummy Image

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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Lighting an F-16 with 400 Watt Strobes

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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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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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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Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

It’s a ring thing - in dramatic closeup of course!

By Sara Frances | March 12, 2014

The smallest and usually most valuable (in $$ and sentiment) wedding accessory deserves special

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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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Photoshop Plugins go to War

Now onOne Software offers a discount to users of Topaz Labs and Nik Software when buying their Perfect Photo Suite 8.

By Jose Antunes | February 10, 2014

There's a war raging on amidst creators of photographic plug ins. And with Adobe going the subscription way, that war has gained a new dimension. Suddenly it is not just a matter of creating apps or plug-ins for Adobe programs, it is a matter of creating alternatives to what has been the reference program for years: Photoshop. And to a certain extent, Lightroom.

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An Optical Printer’s Movie Magic

A Conversation with Bill Conner at Deluxe Labs

By Vince Gonzales | December 30, 2013

I got a chance to chat with optical printer magician, Bill Conner working at Deluxe Labs in Los Angeles.  Bill gave me the insider tour of the optical lab he runs and the skinny on his prized toy, the Producers Service Model 102.  This is a film tool that has helped restore some of... Read More

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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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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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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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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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HDR: when is it too much?

HDR: when is it too much?

We all love opening shadows and recapturing highlights, but how to keep images “real” and avoid going too far?

By Sara Frances | August 15, 2013

Don’t get me wrong. Extreme HDR has many legit uses; you the artist have to decide your message and work toward the subtleties of what you want to convey.

This recent example set is from our workshop in Guatemala during the pre-Easter festivals in Antigua. Readers please weigh in... Read More

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Adobe Cloud Creates Storm of Protests

Adobe Creative Cloud should probably look at Microsoft Office subscription plans.There's a fair deal there, I say.

By Jose Antunes | July 29, 2013

For years Adobe tried to gather all photographers under their banner. Now they've created two segments: the Creative Cloud users and the others, those that still use CS6 and previous versions. And caused a mess that will make them rethink their Cloud ideas and price structure. Here are some ideas that might help!

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