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Jeff Rojas – On Why You’re Not – Just A Photographer –

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How many times have had a conversation where you told someone that you’re “just a photographer” when asked what your profession is? If you’re like most photographers, it’s probably happened many, many times. Would a doctor say “Oh, I’m just a doctor”? No, of course not, they would probably say to whomever that “I’m a doctor”, and it’s probably the same for most professionals. So why is it that as professional photographers, we more often than not tell people we are “just a photographer” like it’s something that should be dismissed quickly or unimportant to anyone? Well, New York-based Fashion photographers Jeff Rojas and Miguel Quiles…

Film School: What is 4K and what it means for you as a filmmaker

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Award winning action sports film company Teton Gravity Research & the Sony |Camera Channel have teamed up to create the TGR 4K Film School video series showing the advantages of shooting in 4K video. TGR 4K Film School Episode 1 – What is 4K? Learn the basics of 4K, what it is, and what it means for you as a filmmaker. https://youtu.be/OO887cN2hE8 Why not experience 4K Video for yourself with these Sony Cameras & Lenses

Things to look for when buying used photo gear

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Whether you’re a hobbyist or a pro… The price tag that comes along with purchasing new gear can be a shock to even the most dedicated photographers. For pros, it’s just the cost of doing what they love, and making a living, but for the rest of us, it can be the root of some tough choices that need to be made. Luckily for us, there is a huge used photo gear market for both camera bodies and lenses. You will find that most major camera retailers will have a used department populated with well-loved equipment that has been traded…

5 Tips to make you a better portrait photographer

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Portrait photography can be one of the most difficult genres to master. It’s not as simple as just pointing your camera at someone, pressing the shutter and moving on to the next shot. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into capturing a truly great portrait so we put together a list of 5 important things you’ll need to know in order to take your portraiture to the next level.

Portrait Photography

Research your subject prior to the shoot as it can help you to establish a connection with them.

The reality is that most people (professional models and narcissists aside) just aren’t comfortable being in front of a camera, so asking them to pose for a portrait is something that they most likely don’t want to do.

Making an effort to connect with your subject can go a long way towards putting them at ease during the process and one way to do this is through research. When you have your subject booked for a shoot, try to find out what you can about them prior to the shoot.

There are many ways you can do this, but the easiest way in today’s age is to do a quick google search to familiarize yourself with your subject as best you can. This can often include finding information on their interests, what they are passionate about to specific things, like their favorite music to play in the studio during your shoot with them.

Knowing all of this beforehand can go a long way to helping them to feel at ease with the whole process.

Colin Firth © Steve Carty

Colin Firth © Steve Carty

At a recent event at Vistek, photographer Steve Carty shared the story behind his shot of Colin Firth. Having only 15 minutes with the movie star to capture the shots he needed, Steve didn’t rush in and start to take shots, but instead, after noticing that Mr. Firth had the same newly released iPhone 4 as he did, talked about the phone, compared apps and wound up showing Mr. Firth how to use a couple of features on it that had been giving him trouble.

Their conversation went on for almost all of the time that had been allotted for the shoot, but it had totally put his subject at ease and Steve was able to capture the fantastic shot you see here.

 

If you have the opportunity to speak to them in advance, ask a few detailed questions, such as their favourite color or if they have a favourite outfit they would like to bring. If they’ve posed for portraits before, there’s a good chance that they know what facial angle or pose that they know works for them. It’s also a good chance to find out if the portrait you’re shooting for them has a specific purpose and if there are any production specs you need to know about.

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How to set-up an Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox

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Let’s face it, some products can be frustrating to set-up right out of the box, so we designed this series to show you, in 60 seconds or less, how to properly set-up various products available at Vistek. In this short tutorial we show you how to properly set-up an Elinchrom Rotalux Softbox. https://youtu.be/XMOQwZDPhfE ELINCHROM ROTALUX SOFTBOX: Detailed Setup Instructions Easily sets up in seconds! Remove softbox and diffusion cloth from storage bag Place softbox on the ground, speed-ring side down, allowing the softbox to naturally open up. While holding the locking ring to the ground with one hand, use the…

One Man Band Audio | Vistek 60 Second Set-up Video

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The 60 Second Set-up Series Let’s face it, some products can be frustrating to set-up right out of the box (a certain Swedish company comes to mind), so we designed this series to show you, in 60 seconds or less, how to properly set-up various products available at Vistek. In this video, we demonstrate a “one man band” audio set-up using a boom mic, c-stand and audio boom pole. https://youtu.be/fI1VfhY_nqA ONE MAN BAND BOOM MIC: Detailed Setup Instructions Set up a solid stand like a c-stand or a solid double 750 stand. Place a sandbag on the stand. Locate the…

Wedding Photography: What you need to survive your shoot

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Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned professional, there are times when shooting wedding photography can be a terrifying prospect. After all, there are many factors that are beyond our control. Things like the weather if you’re outdoors, a guest wandering through your perfectly composed candid shot, or worse, the dreaded bridezilla who needs to direct all aspects of the wedding, including you! Uncontrollable factors can lead to an incredible amount of pressure for any photographer, so instead of dwelling on those, let’s talk about the factors that you can control. Namely, making sure you have the right tools to complete the…

“How to Never Miss A Moment” with Greg Johnson

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This past November during ProFusion Expo, professional storm chaser, and host of CMT’s hit TV show Tornado Hunters, Greg Johnson shared his photographic strategies for success in those “only one chance” moments. “There is nothing more frustrating for a photographer than a missed opportunity” – Greg Johnson Follow Greg on Instagram to keep track of his latest news and photos. One of my favorite moments of 2015. I shot this photo during the initial stage of the Pierson, Manitoba tornado from July 27th. The wind was hitting me from behind so hard that it was difficult to stand up. I only get…

How to Shoot A One Light Portrait – Justin Van Leeuwen

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Portrait photographer Justin Van Leeuwen shares his insights into creating beautiful and dynamic images with just one light. How to Shoot A One Light Portrait: A great intro to portrait photography. https://youtu.be/Zr7GTxasRDc Filmed live at ProFusion Expo 2015 www.profusionexpo.com Hosted by cinematographer Sarah T. Moffat For more info on Illumi or Mantis please visit www.vistek.ca Images courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen Justin Van Leeuwen is an Ottawa based commercial photographer, specializing in Portraits, Editorial, Event and Interior photography. For more information or to book Justin for a shoot, please visit his website www.jvlphoto.com

How to get beautiful Interview Lighting with LEDGO Fresnels

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This year at ProFusion Expo LEDGO sponsored one of the more illuminating series of seminars highlighting their LED lighting products. The seminars, led by Bentley Miller covered a wide range of LED lighting how to’s including: Transitioning from tungsten “hot” lights to LED fixtures Lighting Talent in front of a backdrop Lighting for product shots Click here to see the full range of LEDGO products available at Vistek. We all know that lighting is an important (some would say it’s the most important) element for both film and photography. What a lot of people don’t fully understand is how using the right lighting techniques can dramatically improve…

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