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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Jay P Morgan: Snoot Basics

Today Jay P Morgan answers the age-old question, “What is a snoot?” A snoot is a funny name for a piece of equipment that fits over a studio light or portable flash and allows the photographer to control the direction or area of coverage of the light. In film, black wraps are used to create snoots – basically black aluminum foil that can be formed into a funnel and molded to the light. So what is the area of coverage with a snoot? This is a hard question to answer since there are many different sizes from different...

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Monday, February 02, 2015

George Wilson: In search of the Dynamic Wildlife Image

For me, wildlife photography is a window into a world of animal behavior that few people understand. Fewer even take the time to enjoy and still fewer enjoy photographing wildlife. Over the years I have learned to create technically good images, but until I began to understand wildlife, those images were plain and devoid of “life”. Through the journey of the evolution of my photographic skills, I have learned something new almost every time I have ventured into the field. When working with wildlife, you must consider the following items: Shooting Angle: When photographing wildlife, the subject&rsquo...

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Jay P Morgan: Understanding Grids

For this assignment Jay P Morgan shot at the YouTube Space for the first time. He was going for a film noir look so he experimented using grids and strobe heads. This article shows how Jay P used grids to his advantage and demonstrates how you can mix them with tungsten light. Grids are honeycomb metal inserts that fit inside of a strobe reflector. They restrict the area of light coverage and help give you more control. First, Jay P took a look at how the different sizes of grid light with a subject against a white wall. In the...

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bending Light: 7 Ways to Use the Photoflex 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector

Reflectors are a great way to add or subtract light in many different lighting scenarios. As a photographer myself, I always have at least one reflector at every shoot. With the 7-in-1 MultiDisc Reflector you have even more control over tricky lighting situations. This article will focus on 7 main ways you can manipulate light with reflection and diffusion to get the results you want. 1. White Reflection Let’s start with the most basic method of reflecting light, the white surface. White reflectors are very versatile and can come in handy with a variety of lighting challenges. Most often they...

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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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