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One Light Corporate Image

Photography & Video Tutorial

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

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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Combining LEDs and Tungsten Lights

Photography & Video Tutorial

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

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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Shooting Time-Lapse Photography at Night

Photography & Video Tutorial

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

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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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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Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 Strobes

A flash unit that can keep pace with your fastest camera frame rate.

By Tom Bol | April 28, 2014

Game changer.  Those are the two words that describe the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD 1000 strobes.  First, I was laughing like a child when I turned on these units, cranked my D4 up to 10 frames a second, and watched in wonder as these strobes popped off at 10 frames a second,... Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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fotoBiz & fotoQuote Review

An in-depth look at software to manage your business workflow

By Dan Carr | October 09, 2013

“How much should I charge?” is a common question amongst new photo business owners and fofoBiz helps you answer this question with bespoke software that also assists with the day to day operations of your business.

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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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High Lights

How to position lights really high for creative effects.

By Tom Bol | August 16, 2013

You know how it is after you have photographed a particular subject for years? Maybe it is senior portrait after portrait, or college basketball game after game. It seems like you have explored every creative idea you can muster, and things get a little too familiar. This is the point... Read More

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