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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

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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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

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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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

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.

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Sir Richard Branson Invests In 3D Robotics

Brings Aerial Expert Colin Guinn to Necker Island for a Demo

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

In a surprise posting on the Virgin website this weekend, Sir Richard Branson share about interest in this emerging technology and acknowledges his investment into the tech company founded by Chris Anderson.

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My Passport Wireless for Videographers

Western Digital celebrates 10 years of its My Passport brand with a Wireless drive up to 2TB.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 03, 2014

Portable drives are nothing new these days, but the new WD portable storage drive wants to be something different: it offers up to 2TB, up to 20 hours of standby power and a SD card slot for direct transfer of data. All under the popular My Passport name!

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Samyang Has a New 50mm for Cinema

Samyang will show a new cine lens at Photokina, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC, to use with the 35 and 85mm models.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 26, 2014

Samyang continues to grow their line of lenses for professional film and video with the new addition, a standard manual focus lens designed for full frame image sensors, the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC. They also presented a normal 50mm lens with similar characterístics, the 50mm F1.4 AS UMC.

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Does Canon Have Two New “EOS 7Ds” to Show?

The successor to the EOS 7D will have a 24MP sensor... or a 20MP sensor, and will be built like the EOS 1D...

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 25, 2014

With Photokina at the door, Canon, as other names in the industry, has some new products to show: one of them is the DSLR that will occupy the position of the EOS 7D. Rumors from those keeping a watchful eye over the subject have suggested the most diverse things about the new camera: nothing is sure, though.

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3D Robotics - The Future of Autonomous Aerial Imaging

Leading Technology for Filmmakers and Industry with Flying Robots

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 23, 2014

You might hear the name 3D Robotics and say "Oh yeah, I've heard of those guys. They also make small UAVs don't they?” ...and you'd be right.. kind of. I take a closer look at this innovative company and peek into the future with one of the industries' great visionaries and technology leaders... and I get excited for what this all means for aerial imaging!

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4K Monitors Under $850

The price of 4K monitors is dropping fast, while the specifications go the other way. But not all that glitters is gold!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 18, 2014

Here they are! 4K monitors for everybody on a tight budget, already under the $1000 many potential users define as the right price point to start looking for a new monitor. 2014 is the - first - year for cheap 4K monitors. And new models are announced each new week.

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Product Review: DSLRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit

The Next Generation Aerial Kit Does So Much More!

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 15, 2014

The DJI Phantom 2 is the second generation quadcopter from the industry giant, boasting better performance and longer flight time and it's remained pretty much a "hobbyist" craft as it comes from the factory - but I'll show you why the DLSRPros Cannes Cinema Edition P2 Aerial Kit has turned this "RC toy" into a serious, useful aerial videography tool. Read More

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Color Correction for Photo and Video

Conceived for photographers and videographers on the go, the new SpyderCHECKR 24 is a portable color management system.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | August 11, 2014

Recently announced, the SpyderCHECKR 24 from Datacolor is a new addition to their product line, which includes the flagship 48 patch SpyderCHECKR. This new tool for photographers and videographers is a precise and versatile camera color calibration and white balance target for both photo and video color control.

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