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Posted 06/20/19
In this B&H interview, wedding/portrait photographer Sam Hurd offers five simple tips to help you add a creative element to location portraits in any environment. When shooting with a prime lens and shallow depth of field, mask distracting elements from a scene by holding the side of a basic cell phone in front of your lens, creating a reflection on demand. A six-inch triangular glass prism can be used in the same way to enhance a portrait with dual reflections, or even flares and distortions if you pivot the prism and shoot at an angle. Pick up an unmounted double convex lens to create imperfect reflections and explosions of bokeh in scenes with small bright light sources, especially at night. An old anamorphic lens takes on new life when held in front of your prime, to distort an image in a fun house mirror effect. Undistort the perspective in post using Lightroom or Photoshop, to achieve a cinematic perspective with shallow depth of field. And, in sunset conditions or a harsh light situation, hold a 1 x 1" copper or metal pipe in front of your lens to enable controllable dramatic flare, which Hurd calls a ring of fire.
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Posted 04/25/18
Wedding and portrait photographer Paul Gero shares his strategies and techniques for capturing natural, authentic photos. He talks about the need to be driven by a desire to capture great images, and he stresses the importance of keeping in mind that a photo taken today is something that will continue to have meaning far into the future.
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Posted 04/25/18
Photographer Brian Marcus shares his insights on how to expand your business by creating great working relationships with different vendors, party planners, florists, and clients, in general. He also emphasizes the importance of using social media platforms to keep your business current and competitive.
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Posted 04/25/18
Fashion and wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis is obsessed with light, and he stresses the need to consider the correct lighting when choosing location and subject matter for a shoot. He also emphasizes that the use of shadows and lack of light is what gives photographs a sense of depth, dimension, and beauty.
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Posted 04/24/18
Lindsay Adler gives great insight into how to approach photography with a business mindset. She reveals how she got started as a young photographer, shares advice on how to avoid some of the missteps she made along the way, emphasizes the need to have a balance between technique and people skills, and uses her 17 years of shooting experience to guide you toward maximizing your value as a working photographer.
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Posted 06/19/15
In this week’s video, FocusEd is focused on the basics of  aperture. You will be exposed to how aperture works, find out why aperture numbers are what they are, what aperture priority mode does, and how aperture settings affect your photographs, with some comedy sprinkled in for good measure! We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.  
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Posted 05/13/15
In this video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne, takes a look at three new lens offerings from Rokinon designed to cover up to full-frame image sensors: the 135mm f/2.0, the 135mm T2.2 Cine, and the 50mm f/1.4. It begins with a discussion of features common to all of the lenses, including their manual focus design, the wide variety of lens-mount options, and Ultra Multi Coating to help prevent flare and ghosting. McCormick then takes a closer look at each lens, beginning with the 135mm f/2.0 and its T2.2 Cine equivalent. Optical identical, both lenses feature 11 lens elements in 7 groups, including one ED element, and 9-bladed iris. The Cine-housed version adds T-stop marking, a de-clicked aperture, and 0.8 pitch gearing for use with a follow focus. The video is concluded with a look at the 50mm f/1.4. In addition to its fast f/1.4 aperture, the lens features 9 elements in 6 groups, including one hybrid and one aspherical element, and an 8-bladed iris.
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Posted 02/18/14
The Vixia HF G30 sits at the top of Canon's consumer camcorder line. The 20x optical zoom lens, programmable manual lens ring and dual SD card slots, come together in a compact body perfect for handheld video.
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