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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.

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video Gear Currently Available

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 10, 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I've compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 12/10/2014)

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 10, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 12/10/14)

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

Luxi For All on an iPhone running Cine... Read More

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How to Shoot One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location By Yourself

Photography & Video Tutorial

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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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Product Review: SteadiDrone QU4D 2014 Quadcopter

Heavy Duty and Stable Flying Multirotor for Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 07, 2014

This UAV manufacturer based out of South Africa has set out to make durable, stable and easy to transport designs that run on the popular 3D Robotics Pixhawk GPS Flight Controller and provide smooth footage for a GoPro HERO4 in a brushless gimbal. I think they're on to something here...

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11 Tips to Photograph Wild Animals Without Getting Killed

Photography & Video Tutorial

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

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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First Look: Hands-on with the GoPro HERO4 Black

Actual Results and Dispelling Misconceptions for Aerial Videographers

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 14, 2014

Since the announcement of the flagship camera in GoPro's new HERO4 lineup, I get to give the HERO4 Black a test with several devices and gimbals to see how it compares to the HERO3+ and share my initial results.

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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

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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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Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Big News in the Fight for Aerial Videography and Photography in the US!

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 02, 2014

Iconic photo and commercial small drone manufacturers, 3DR, Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x]'s Project Wing, GoPro, and Parrot all join forces to form a coalition to fight for the rights to commercial small UAV/UAS useage and work with existing orgnaizations to devlop safety and proper regulatory oversight in this exploding industry.

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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

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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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OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

The New Lineup of GoPro Cameras Now Includes Real 4K/24-30fps Capability, Built-in Touchscreen and Overall Improved Performance

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 29, 2014

Beyond the leaks, rumors and speculation over the past month, we've got the official press release directly from GoPro this morning, complete with images and a great new launch video. This lineup of cameras is truly impressive and we'll be sharing a hands-on review with you shortly as well.

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Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Precision, Power and Autonomous Flight Control

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 27, 2014

Beyond traditional smaller quadcopter designs on the market, the usual choice for an upgrade is a hex or octocopter... but the form factor of 6 motors and props on the three-armed "Y" formation of the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 airframe provides not only good stability in windy conditions, but a hotrod of a UAV capable of over 55mph and some truly impressive video footage. But hold on - this sucker can really FLY!

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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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EOS 7D Mark II: the Baby EOS-1D X

The EOS 7D MK II is not 4K, but does 1080p at 60fps, offers MOV or MP4 and compression algorithms (IBP, ALL-I, Light IPB).

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 15, 2014

Although many are moaning about the EOS 7D Mark II missing important things - to them - the fact is that the new camera is a baby 1DX or 5D Mark III. Canon, again, goes for stability instead of folklore. And extends video options, along with photographic capacities that justify the 5 year wait for a new camera.

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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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