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Trends from the Trenches – May 2015

Jay P and Lars have a lot to talk about in this post-NAB episode of Trends from the Trenches. It is the year of stabilization, with announcements from Ronin and MoVI, but helicopters seem to be the next big thing. The guys also speculate over announcements from BlackMagic and releases by Shogun and Rosco. Jay […]

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Vintage Portraits on a Budget

For a couple years now, I have been shooting a portrait series I call Time Period; it is an art series that allows me to look back a how people lived their lives in past times. I love history and this gives me the opportunity to live in a different time period, if only for a few hours. My goal is to create portraits that look like they were taken by me as if I were there in that time. It is a fun process, but can be an expensive one. Shooting for different time periods means that you need props, wardrobe and locations that fit and if you aren’t careful, these can all drive the cost way up. Today I am out at Herber Valley Air Museum for a portrait with a WWII pilot in front of his airplane and I want to give you four tips that will help you set up a vintage portrait shoot like this one without breaking the bank.


Product Review – Lexar Workflow HR2

Today on The Slanted Lens, I am reviewing the Lexar Workflow HR2. This multi-slot card reader is the solution to a problem I have been struggling with for many years — spending too much time on dumping memory cards after a shoot.

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Manual TTL Flashes and the Setting Sun

When I light for an image, I have to control where the light is placed and on the camera is rarely a choice for me. Today, we are shooting a swordsman in front of a sunset on location in Los Angeles. We are going to take a look at how to get a TTL flash […]


Photoflex Giveaway Winners

Thanks for entering everyone our March Photoflex FlexFlash 200W Strobe Light Kit giveaway. Here are our winners.


Product Review – SpiderPro Hand Strap

The SpiderPro Hand Strap is now available for purchase. Visit  Today on the Slanted Lens, I am reviewing the new SpiderPro Hand Strap. There are some pretty amazing features on this strap that work very well for me. One is the fact that it is cut so far back. I have had several hand […]

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