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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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Monday, January 27, 2014

George Simian: On the street with Portable Lighting Gear

Los Angeles' "Arts District", a large neighborhood of abandoned warehouses and industrial lofts, just East of Downtown, has blossomed into the visual center of the film and graphic-arts world (and is rapidly gentrifying with condos and cafes). Many of its walls are covered with highly creative murals - most put up illegally, before City Hall finally acknowledged their artistic value, and repealed the regulations that criminalized outdoor wall painting! Just before sunset one day, we took a short walk and shot some test photos for a future workshop in front of a few different murals. It was a very fast, ...

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Tim Snow: Comic Book Store Portrait

  One of my favorite photographic challenges is to make a portrait under less than ideal circumstances. When I was contacted by my friend Jason Rockman to make some portraits in a comic book store, I knew it was going to be very fun. Jason, a DJ for Montreal’s CHOM 97.7 FM radio station and singer for Slaves On Dope, is a bona-fide comic book freak. It is a passion he literally wears on his sleeves. As it turns out, British tattoo magazine Skin Deep is putting out a special edition which will focus on super-hero inspired ink and...

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Power of Light in Scotts Valley with Craig Dale

Hard to believe that this gorgeous portrait was made by an emerging photographer on her first try with studio lighting. But that is exactly what Deborah Hayes did at the Photoflex® Power of Light workshop, on June 15th in Scotts Valley, California. Deborah and 28 other participants learned the building blocks of photographic lighting from pro photographer Craig Wallace Dale. The workshop began with Craig explaining the basic vocabulary of light (brightness, direction, contrast, color, and the specular diffuse range), and ended with students moving into the three shooting situations and creating dynamic pictures with gorgeous light that they created....

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: Making Strobes and Daylight Work Together

This Spring, Jay P. Morgan set out with his crew to the Bonneville Salt Flats to create some surreal images. In the video, you'll see how to blend strobes with daylight so that your images do not look artificially lit. Jay P. demonstrates a method he uses to better visualize and control what his strobes are doing when the modeling lights are not bright enough to guide him.            

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Jade Hannah: Working with Color on Location

  Recently, I shot a spec shoot for a makeup company to show both natural and crazy makeup and hair. I shot on location with simple, painted 6x8-foot wooden boards to lend some color to the backgrounds. The main challenge with not shooting in a controlled environment like a studio is that you're constantly dealing with off colors and lights coming from different directions, even if you think you're only dealing with white walls. To cut down on the ambient light for this shoot, I used two black LiteDisc reflectors, which also provided a negative fill and...

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Jade Hannah: Fashion Sunseeker Swimwear

I began casting for this project a week before the shoot date. A tight deadline, but not an uncommon one. In looking for a new makeup artist, I went through a school, Face Stockholm, which has some really great students and alumni whom I've worked with in the past. For this shoot, we planned out three basic looks that were clean, summery and matched the colors of the bathing suits. Thanks to the portability of my lighting kit, we were able to shoot inside my office against a wall that had a pattern I thought would go well with...

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ian Spanier: The Two-Minute Shoot

  The Two-Minute Shoot" is something I came up with on assignment for Muscle & Fitness magazine shooting with the Florida Gators football team a few years ago. The concept of the shoot was to do a day-in-the-life of the National Championship-winning team as they trained inside and outside their Gainesville, Florida facility. In a situation like this, I would need to have a consistent look inside and outside as much as possible. I knew I wanted to have better light quality than a on-camera flash would provide, and I wanted to have more light control, something I wouldn't...

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Jay P. Morgan: Creating Bokeh

For this lesson, photographer Jay P. Morgan was in New York City shooting in Times Square. He wanted to explore shooting bokeh with all the intense lighting of Times Square. The term "bokeh" is Japanese and means "blur" or "haze". Here, Morgan takes a look at different lenses and aperture settings to see how they create this cinematic look. Different lenses create different patterns and you'll see how a 200mm lens compares to that of a 50mm lens.   Bokeh Tests Before heading out to Times Square, Morgan first did some bokeh tests indoors with Christmas lights. With Christmas...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ian Spanier: Sometimes One Light is Enough

I’ll admit that sometimes on set, it’s about the “show” that you need to put on for your client. What I mean by this is that there are times that having lots of equipment around and assistants constantly moving becomes a necessary part of showing your client that you are more than just a monkey who presses a button. And while that’s all fine and good, sometimes you can say a lot more with one light on a stand than with a cube truck full of gear. All too often, photographers these...

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