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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

George Wilson: Wild Horses

September for me means South Dakota and wild horses. I typically spend the month walking among the herds at the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary. It is there that I guide other photographers up close to these magnificent animals, imparting bits and pieces of photographic information and equine photography tips. The sanctuary is home to more than 500 wild mustangs running free across 11,000 acres of grasslands, canyons and the Cheyenne River. Founded in 1988 by Dayton O. Hyde, it is a non-profit organization that receives no state or federal funding. The time I spend there among the galloping herds is both a...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Jay P Morgan: One Light Corporate Portrait

In this Slanted Lens video, Jay P. Morgan shows us how he shoots a corporate call center portrait. He has shot these types images for years and says their success largely hinges on getting the right person to be the talent, as well as the right lighting approach. Check out the details in the video and still imagery below:     For this type of shot, the person being photographed represents the face of the company. Ideally, this person should make the company image feel open and inviting. There are a couple things to know when prepping talent for a...

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Jay P. Morgan: Diffusion Filter Comparison

In this post, Jay P. Morgan from The Slanted Lens examines camera diffusion and provides an excellent comparison for diffusion filters. In the late ’80s and ’90s, you couldn't shoot with enough diffusion on the camera. Today, we live in an era of sharpness. We’ve hit the point where it’s so sharp that it is difficult for retouchers to get a nice image. I think the trend now is shifting towards a little softer image in camera that needs less work later on. Here are some basics on what diffusion filters provide: Highlights...

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Jay P. Morgan: Lighting an F-16 and its Pilot

In this recent Slanted Lens post, Jay P. Morgan had a photo-shoot out at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona to get shots of fighter pilot Josh “Chunk” Moffet with his F-16. In this video, you’ll see how his lighting techniques served to compress the dynamic range for fantastic results.     The first obstacle we had to deal with was the plane facing the direction opposite of what I wanted and not being able to move it. In choosing the best angle to photograph the F-16 in this position, it would have had me...

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Chromakey Studio Lighting Kit

In response to the ever-increasing demand for chromakey lighting solutions, Photoflex has come up with an ideal base kit for those at any skill level shooting photos or video. The main objective for this type of work is to render a clean, easily removable background so that a different background can be easily dropped in. The Chromakey Studio Lighting Kit makes that process easy, no matter what type of software you may be using. This kit includes the following equipment: (3) StarLite®: medium digital kits (1) StarLite®: small digital kit (1) ProDuty BackDrop Support Kit (1) BackDrop 10’ x 12’ Chroma...

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kanights: Doubled Up and Diffused at the SkatePark

Legendary Skateboard photographer Bryce Kanights shares his lighting techniques for capturing airborne riders at midday. See how the Adjustable ShoeMount Rotating Hardware makes shooting with speedlights at any time of day a breeze!     Photographed and produced by Bryce Kanights To see more of Bryce's work, visit his Pro Showcase page To learn more about the equipment used in this shoot, check out the links below: Adjustable ShoeMount Rotating Hardware OctoDome®: small Compact LiteStand    

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Trevor Sherwin: Moulin Rouge Boudoir Portrait

In this video tutorial, Boudoir Portrait photographer Trevor Sherwin examines his lighting strategy for a recent portrait session. This piece is a great reminder that whether you use one light or ten, it's always important to know what each light is doing and how it helps to serve your vision.       Produced by Trevor Sherwin To see more of Trevor's work, visit his Pro Showcase page To learn more about the product used in this video, click on the links below: FlexFlash 400W Strobe 72" Shoot Through Umbrella LiteDome: medium HalfDome: small Small SoftBox Grids for HalfDome ...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jay P Morgan: DIY Softboxes in a Pinch? Sure!

This DIY video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens includes six tips for setting up a home or office studio. Jay P. demonstrates how to make a wall-mounted backdrop holder, how to control your window light and even how to make your own lights. Check it out:   To learn more about the non-DIY lighting kit in this video, click HERE    

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Jay P. Morgan: Mixing HMI and LED Lights

Recently, Jay P. Morgan and The Slanted Lens crew produced a vintage train station shoot at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. Since they were shooting both stills and video, they needed to use continuous lights and Jay P. decided to use a mix of HMI and NorthStar™ Lite LED (both daylight-balanced).     For this The Slanted Lens piece, we shot out at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California. They generously gave us access to their steam train and World War II passenger cars. We used this setting to look at the process of...

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Tim Snow: Portraits of a Chiropractor

Mixing your artificial light source with ambient light is a great way to draw the eye to your subject. One of my favorite challenges as a photographer is showing up to a location I have never seen, assessing the situation, and making some great photographs in a short period of time. Renée Dallaire is a Pointe-Claire, Quebec, based chiropractor who was in need of some new photographs for her website. She had initially contacted me asking to make some portraits and to photograph her newly-renovated reception area and consultation rooms. After speaking with her and discussing her needs,...

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