As I’ve stated before, when I first started getting serious about photography, I found a “mentor”. When I looked at his work, it was AMAZING! I was sure he was in major magazines. I contacted him and we talked photography. Today when I reflect on it, he really didn’t teach me much in the way of learning, but I learned a lot of what NOT to do. Anyway, after talking to him, I suggested he start teaching workshops and it was there that he told me if I put on workshops for him to teach at, he could cut me in at 50%.Details
I’ve been talking about the Backdrop Outlet Pro White Vinyl backdrop for some time now. I got it in about a month ago and wanted to use it several times before giving what I’d consider, an honest feedback. Before going into any ratings, I’ll tell you my experience.Details
I’ve said a million times you need a Muse and Mentor to be successful in photography wither it be hobby or profession. I feel you need a Muse more than Mentor and its simple; Muses’ will allow you to test out new things and help push you in ways you’ve never imagined. My former Muse Lauren has quite a lot of lighting knowledge and knows her body very well. She’s an AMAZING glamour model and friend.Details
I seem to go in spurts, sometimes I detest natural light, other times, it’s all I shoot.
As it works out, I’ve been shooting a ton of natural light stuff over the past few weeks and have found a really FUN way to do it! It’s using a large picture window (or sliding glass door) and getting the maximum amount of light I can and shaping it from there. I use one silver reflector and sometimes a soft gold reflector to bounce light back into the face. Simple, yet effective.Details
There’s a pretty funny video that’s gone virile it’s name is “That doesn’t make you a model”. This video is funny because the author combed Myspace for quite some time finding images that goes great with the song. The video has been posted to Facebook and everyone gets a great laugh out of it. That being said, it brings up a good point; Are you a model? or more importantly, what is a model?
Before we go any further, let’s watch the video:Details
Jay Kilgore, a nationally published fashion and glamour photographer has just released a comprehensive photoshop instruction video! the videos here are to teach you real world working tips and tricks.
The videos are for photographers of all levels. They start out as a “basic” simple approach and evolve into more of an intermediate or advanced status. The earlier videos have on screen displays for you to follow along with in the event you get lost. Of course being videos, you are more than free to stop, rewind and replay all the videos.Details
One of the big things I hear is people saying “I’m going to put Colorado on the fashion map”. Now understand, I applaud and will support anyone who wants to do something positive, especially if it’s something to bring together working photographers. That being said, I feel as though everyone should be realistic in their approach.Details
I’ve been working on an in-depth Photoshop retouching video for some time now, I’ve finally got the last two videos edited and will now start putting everything together!
One of the sample photos used is this one of Bre. I really liked how this one turned out and wanted to share.Details
A good friend of mines Swapnil Mathur did an excellent write up on the advantages and disadvantages of Primes and Zoom lens. I wanted to share the link with all of you so you can go read and learn!
Understand, just like me, he’s not claiming to be an all authorty or know it all, but speaking from a common sense and experience point of view. This isn’t meant to teach you all and everything there is to know about zooms and primes, but to give you a good understanding. With out further ado,
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One of the most annoying debates in the photography world is “Canon vs Nikon” This is something that’s been happening since the beginning of time and will never go away. My take on it? Those who partake in this debate are morons.
Yes, I said it. If you partake in this convo, you’re a moron.Details
Over the years I’ve noticed professional photography taking a turn for the worse. I’ve noticed long time friends and associates are no longer friends and associates as well as the obvious; a HUGE dip in what is considered professional quality. I’ve thought about this a lot as of late and have come to one conclusion; the plague of professional photography is the photographers themselves.Details
One of the things we hear time and time again is “Shoot it right in camera and you won’t need Photoshop” If you didn’t know, this is a very, very old saying that came out when everyone went digital. This saying came from the fact that photographers and our egos didn’t want anyone thinking some stupid program could do anything to enhance our work. That amazing photos were created in the camera and that was the end of it.Details
What do you think is the #1 career killer of many up and coming or want to be models? I’ll bet it’s not what your first guesses are! What do you think it is?
Too short? Nope! Not at all.
Too limited on styles? Nope, not at all.
No money to work with professional photographers? Nope, not even that!
There are many things one can say that will put people off. Most times, we don’t realize that it’s the most innocent of questions that will get us “blacklisted” from many established photographers. As we all know, I preach the greatness of having mentors, mentors and more mentors, I didn’t talk about what not to say to them. IfDetails
Is one that provides you with a ton of photos that can keep you editing for months to come.
For every serious photographer I stress two things;
Have a QUALIFIED mentor
Have a Muse
With these two things, there isn’t anything you can’t do in the photography and business world. The reason this is so important is a mentor has been where you are or going and can usually help steer you in the right direction. A good mentor is much like a psychologist; they will never come out and tell you exactly what to do, but will suggest or lightly nudge you. A muse will bring out your creative side as well as allowing you to try new things and work with you to evolve your ideas into more. I think it’s important to have several types of muses and mentors, the more diverse, the better.
Here’s a photo from a shoot with one of my muses Lauren V. This photo was taken in April and today, this session STILL allows me at least five new photos to clean up and post. Obviously there’s no purpose to have that many on the blog, which is why I’ll have my portfolio paysite coming out soon. Until then, enjoy this photo!Details
A few weeks ago, I had a boudoir workshop in a local hotel. The workshop was really a shoot out, but everyone had a great time and got some awesome images. One of the things I made a point to teach was that boudoir is nothing more than glamour photography, just more focus on body parts. I get into arguments all the time about this as some of my peers believe boudoir is different, I tell them “Boudoir is a fancy word to say lingerie, implied and nude photography.” It’s a general portrait photographers chance to shoot nekked women and not be thought of as a bad guy.
Regardless of your reason for shooting boudoir, I enjoy it and for the same reasons I enjoy glamour; empowering women.Details
As of late, I’ve been playing around with a new setup. I’ve gotten into e-fights as to the modifiers I’m using as some people think it’s a ring flash. I am not using a ring flash. I am using an old school style of photography that obviously is forgotten about, it’s called The Arc of Equal Distance. This light gives me a great look, however, I’ve found I have to use some pretty powerful lights! The Arc of Equal Distance is basically using three main modifiers all set to the same power settings and positioned around the client in a crescent moon type setup. This is how I get the shadowless look and how my images are now.Details