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Portraits with a tilt-shift lens? YEAH. I’ve never done it and I wanted to, so I rented the lens! If you aren’t familiar with a Tilt-Shift lens, then you’re probably got a somewhat confused face going on as you read this. It is a special lens, mainly used for architectural photography, due to its ability to […]

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This week’s podcast interviews photographer Zack Arias who discusses big changes in his work and professional life.  We then check in with Chase Reynolds about two hot new pieces of gear.  When that’s done, find out about our latest contest (with big prizes). Get the show here  or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a […]

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Michael Woloszynowicz, like many of the other talented photographers out there, started with humble beginnings, honing his craft and developing a personal style. Portraiture started out with basic tools like speedlights and small softboxes, photographing family, friends and anyone else I could find. I became fascinated with light and how to shape it and play with […]

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One of the major challenges in landscape photography is managing reflected light, especially when working around water.  The single best way to subdue reflection is to use a circular polarizing filter to control the amount of scattered light across the lens in full sun. Polarizing filters are ideal for contrasting clouds against a hazy blue sky, […]

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Jennifer Hudson’s photography mixes fantasy and reality in a enrapturing and compelling manner. Her photos are full of metaphor, yearning for minutes of contemplation each. She mixes the human element with both nature and machine, which can be seen to question where humans really fit, and what we are really made for. Drawing inspirations from themes […]

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  If you want to feel joy, feel alive and see images that exude some real emotion, you will love the work of Chris Lambeth. “I really like the bright, happy, colorful looks. I just like seeing people happy and I like to capture that!” Though that is what Chris tends to shoot a lot […]

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Over the years, I’ve found myself purchasing, trading, selling, tactfully acquiring, or otherwise receiving and getting rid of lenses. I’ve journeyed through pages and pages of reviews and online forums, spoke to many wonderful skilled photographers and dissected people’s images to find out what I wanted and what I needed in terms of glass. My […]

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As the demand for video increases in a photographer’s workflow, so does the need for additional continuous lighting.  The advent of LED lighting has seen the arrival of many lightweight and versatile products, such as the Yongnuo YN-160S Pro LED Video Light.  The YN-160S features 160 LED lamps with 16 levels of adjustment, 5500K color […]

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In a recent podcast conversation, I was able to talk to the fellas over at LensRentals.com.  With their warehouse being full of every type of photography and videography gear, I was curious to know what camera is flying off the shelves in their warehouse.  And their answer might or might not be shocking to some.  Not […]

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  For Sarah Allegra, photography might not have been her first calling, but art has always been in her life. Drawing, painting, writing, jewelry making, creating stuffed animals from patterns she made herself, she has tried just about every art form she could. “In my mid 20′s, I was honing in on painting as my main craft, […]

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I’m a big fan of the CamRanger system… particularly when it comes to shooting unique and challenging camera angles.  By being able to remotely monitor and adjust my camera, I can put it in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot while still getting the best angle.  I can then use the CamRanger app and hardware to control the […]

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Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @28mm, f.16, 1.3sec, ISO 100, 6 frame panorama stitched in Photoshop CC. I was fortunate enough to spend two days shooting at Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas recently. Unlike most days in Las Vegas, we had storms and rain, and it was spectacular. The clouds […]

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I’ve been shooting a lot with small cameras lately. I’ve been on a quest to experiment with mounting multiple cameras in many places.  This has mainly taken place with GoPro cameras for shooting both stills and videos. My go-to piece of grip gear has been my collection of GorillaPods.  From mounting on the ground to wrapping […]

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Whether you’re new to photography or a seasoned pro, gear is an essential piece of image capturing.  And finding the right gear for your needs is a very important part of communicating your point of view.  We as photographers deal with budgets and affording the most expensive gear is not always an option.  With that […]

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  Michael Kelley didn’t graduate from a photo school, didn’t take photo classes and if you met him right out of college, he would have told you he was going to be a professional snowboarder. He was already well on his way. He had spent most of his adolescence and teenage years honing the skill […]

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I’ve been working with a great athlete lately Zach DiPaolo.  He flies through the air on motorbikes (a skill I can’t possibly fathom to develop). To do this I needed some specialty gear. This week, Director of Photography Jim Ball and I set out to really capture Zach in as many ways as possible. I […]

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I got my hands on the new Nikon DF and let’s be honest, it’s an adorably attractive camera body.  My love of all things retro sparked some interest in this new DSLR with FX sensor.  I watched a few videos and reviews mocking the design and calling it a “marketing scheme” or desperate attempt on […]

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I just got a great camera strap…and I hate camera straps. Let me tell why I don’t use camera straps, and why I’ll be using this one from Joby everyday. I don’t use a camera strap around my neck for three reasons. Firstly, it gives a me crick in the neck that won’t go away […]

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  She was given her first camera at just 12 years old, which piqued her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world. She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it. While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became […]

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There are some lenses I just feel bad for. They’re neglected, under appreciated, under utilized all while the stars (like the 70-200 2.8 IS II USM) get all the love. Well, today I’m going to give a little ode to my unsung hero: my Canon 17-40 f4L USM. It may seem a slightly unlikely fellow […]

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Her life was altered from a horrifying and near life-taking motorcycle accident.  As she lay bed ridden, she craved travel and the outside world but because of her condition was unable to see these places she dreamed about.  She depended on her creativity to take her mind to these epic locations and recreated them with […]

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