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Thursday, January 08, 2015

George Wilson: Mastering White Balance

Photography is about light. I learned this years ago, when I began to capture images on film. I was careful then to observe the light and of course take notice of the light temperature. Film, darkroom chemicals and paper were expensive. I was on a budget, as I still am today. Technology has now come a long way from using either daylight or tungsten rated film with color correction filters. I have hung onto these and they reside in a small corner of my photo closet, mostly for nostalgic reasons. Technology has made some great advances in photography, but I...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jay P Morgan: Photographing Christmas Lights

To help get into the holiday spirit, Jay P Morgan and the Slanted Lens crew set out to photograph Christmas lights, as well as a Christmas portrait series. This post, the first of two, focuses on photographing the Christmas lights alone. The next post will illustrate how Jay P incorporates a portrait into the shot.     There are a few basic things that will allow you to take great photographs of Christmas lights this holiday season: 1. Time of Day. The best time to photograph outdoor Christmas lights is at dusk while there is still a little daylight. When the...

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Monday, December 08, 2014

George Wilson: Take a Picture, Make a Photograph

I often don’t venture beyond my own backyard to make my photographs. Some have been great and popular images, while others, although very good images, languish in my files waiting for a buyer. As I cross my patio and step into the deep green grass, I smell the fresh Florida air. November air is fresh and clear, not bound by the humidity of the summer months. I live in the city but my backyard offers a short break from the world around me. I have made a myriad of photographs here, including some nights under the stars. Just...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

George Simian: Shooting Night Portraits on Location

On November 8th of this year, we took our Location Lighting workshop to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, as we’ve done before, using battery-powered strobes from Photoflex. But this time, we did it at night. Urban streets typically have interesting lighting at night, mostly signage and ads, some neon, and some continuous lights that make for fascinating backgrounds. However, there’s never enough light reaching the sidewalk for a high-quality portrait. That’s where a battery-powered strobe comes in. We used two different lights to serve as the main lights for the subjects. The first...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Jay P. Morgan: One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location

For this shoot, Jay P. Morgan traveled to coastal Maine to photograph commecrial fishermen. The goal was to demonstrate one light dramatic portraits on location working solo. Jay P only had his traveling partner Julene shooting behind-the-scenes footage, but otherwise he shot alone, without his usual Slanted Lens crew.   My Run and Gun Setup For this shoot, I used a Photoflex TritonFlash on a stand with an OctoDome that had a soft Grid attached to it. I choose this setup a lot because it is small and easy to move around. The footprint isn’t very big and...

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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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