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Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Light

Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Light

In this episode on Film Riot, Ryan Connolly walks us through a series of tips and tricks on how to light your subject using different tools and techniques. I do realize these tricks are for film and cinematography, but they can be very easily translated to photography. One of them is a technique called “book lighting”, in which case you light your subject by diffusing a bounced light source, thus making it super nice and soft....

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Watch Joe McNally Deconstructing Light on Adorama

Watch Joe McNally Deconstructing Light on Adorama

Here’s another episode of Joe McNally deconstructing light on AdoramaTV. Joe walks us through how he took the picture of Ken Collins, pilot of the SR-71 Blackbird that was published on National Geographic. You will see that to light his subject at the time when it’s near approaching the golden hour, Joe did not use anything of a complicated setup at all. One light source, and without even a modifier. The result came out nicely...

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How To Shoot B-Roll by Slavik Boyechko

How To Shoot B-Roll by Slavik Boyechko

B-Roll is what makes up the bulk of the visuals in a video, so despite the inferior name, B-Roll is a big deal. In this video below, videographer/director Slavik Boyechko of the PBS series INDIE ALASKA walks us through how to slide, pan, tilt, and rack focus while making beautiful B-Roll visuals for feature stories. Here is a summary of the B-Roll tips demonstrated in the video:Start with your wide lens. When you arrive at your...

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How to Remove Vimeo’s “More Video” Top Navigation

How to Remove Vimeo’s “More Video” Top Navigation

I can’t be the only one who dislike the top navigation of Vimeo; the one that has all the “More Videos” videos, alongside with the Staff Pick. I understand it’s not as intrusive, and it really doesn’t get loaded by your browser until you scroll all the way to the top, but it’s still annoying for every time I scroll. I really couldn’t care less about those things. Finally, I came up with a...

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Peter Hurley: It’s All about the Squinch!

Peter Hurley: It’s All about the Squinch!

When it comes to headshot photography, there really isn’t anybody out there that’s better than Peter Hurley, in my opinion. Peter has the amazing ability to direct the subjects in front of this camera so well that their faces completely change for the better, which I didn’t think was even possible. More than a year ago, Peter posted a tutorial video with tips on how to accentuate the jawline. This time, he’s produced...

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Basic Photography Tips: Umbrella 101

Basic Photography Tips: Umbrella 101

Today on the Slanted Lens, Jay P. Morgan will discuss how to use umbrellas on set. Umbrellas are a great modifier and the one that most people start with. They’re inexpensive compared to soft boxes and octodomes, making them very attractive. They collapse and fold away, helping with transporting and carrying with you. They are the first step in controlling light to achieve your photographic vision. Jay will go over different types of...

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Make WordPress Send an Email when a Contributor Submits a Post for Review

Make WordPress Send an Email when a Contributor Submits a Post for Review

Situation: you manage a blog with multiple contributors, editors, and admins. While contributors can create and edit posts, there’s no mechanism to let the site’s editors know that a post is ready for review once a contributor hits the ‘Submit for Review’ button. I wanted to automate this process so that when a contributor is done with writing their post, he/she can just hit the button, and an email will be...

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Fashion Photographer Lindsay Adler on [FRAMED]

Fashion Photographer Lindsay Adler on [FRAMED]

Lindsay Adler is a professional fashion and portrait photographer who has rocked the photography industry at an incredibly young age. With a stunning portfolio and knack for educating, this episode is definitely something to uplift your creative juices. With her work being featured on several magazines including Sublime, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, Shutterbug, Rangefinder and many more, she is most definitely an...

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“Heart of Vancity” Timelapse by Joel Schat

“Heart of Vancity” Timelapse by Joel Schat

Check out the time-lapse video below called “Heart of Vancity” shot by Canada-based photographer Joel Schat. The video is one of the cleanest I’ve seen. The composition is top notch, the music is epic, the movements are so smooth, and there is virtually none of light flickering. What you’ll notice is that is Joel Schat focuses on shots that involve a lot of change in terms of lighting. How did Joel achieve such...

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Tips on How to Pose a Bride for a Photoshoot

Tips on How to Pose a Bride for a Photoshoot

Here’s another Jasmine Star’s installment on how to pose a bride for a photoshoot. When you are photographing a bride, it is as important to make her feel comfortable as it is to have the pictures look good. One of the tricks is to give the bride something to hold, because it will create natural lines and curves where they are supposed to be. This can be easily done since there’s always the bouquet. You can also give...

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