Selfies and Social Media, a post for teenagers

I have just heard selfies may harm your soul. The idea is you see your friends looking perfect and you compare yourself with the selfies from friends of yours made public thru Facebook or any other social media.

Can be.

Selfie

So, I have decided to make a few selfies, knowing I am just a normal, an average, and a little overweighted guy. A guy with a normal life : a 8 to 5 job, a divorce, a new marriage and a patchwork family. A 44 years old guy who loves photography.

I am not important. Not so important that my private life would interest other people. Yes I survived a huge car accident ten years ago. Yes I survived a helicopter crash when I was a student. But, who cares?… Give your privacy a chance!

I may be interesting, not for what I am, but for what I do. Maybe. Maybe not. If I succeed then yes. This is what this picture is about. My pictures may be interesting. I try to catch emotion somewhere and I deliver it to other guys in the form of a picture. That makes my process of photographing, if I succeed, interesting. Not me. Not the guy behind the cam. I only use Social Medias for my hobby : photography. That’s all. It’s like this blog : I write for me organize and structure my thoughts, to put down things I don’t want to forget. And if it helps someone else, that’s ok. But this isn’t my primary goal.

So teenagers, here is my message : do. Don’t present your life or pretend to be someone you’re not. Your friends are like you. They pretend they are what you would like to be. And in 20 years from now, who will care ?

more to come…

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9/11 – 10 Years Later – Faces of Ground Zero – Joe McNally

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Dancers

What I like about dancers is their control over their body.

It’s amazing. I can’t even touch my toes… The thing is the mix of a person + a shape + a light. And when on stage you can add music.

I am looking for models based in Vienna (TFP or Payjob if qualifications justify the costs) who can dance (ballet or modern) for shootings.

Joe McNally is a great photographer and he has shot many dancers. I have found a video in the internet with many of his pictures.

Enjoy!

More to come…

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Sport Photog’hero!!! Mister Dave Black!

Dave shows how to shoot motocross! Enjoy!

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Jean Turco

Looking for book about light in studio, I have discovered a french fine art photographer named Jean Turco. He is a master of BW nudes and portrait.

Check it out!

http://www.artmajeur.com/fr/artist/jeanturco/collections

More to come…

PS : sorry guys for not posting so much this week, but I have heavy cold since monday and had to go to work anyway since I am on business trip next week… I will do my best to catch up!

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Models and lights around the clock ! :-) (Not Safe For Work)

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About Nude Photography and the Story-Telling

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Easy and effective setup, Version II

Hi everyone!

How is it going? I have noticed some interest about my shot with gel on location and I thought I could give a little more information.

How do you get a shot like this one ?

  • Use gels
    Use an orange gel on your strobe. The one I used is from a DJ Shop. Then set your white balance at 3200 and it would do the job. If you shoot RAW, you can adjust any way in Postproduction. The good way to go is to use a grey (18%) card if you want to have a natural light at the spot the model hold the card. In my shot, I did not use a card since I was not looking for a natural feel.
  • Use a light meter
    It’s easy : enter the Iso, aim it to the light, Flash, read the f-Stops, adjust and/or set you cam. Done. No need for 10 or 20 test-shots. One is enough with this piece of gear. Old fashioned? Well, I have a crazy agenda, so if it helps me to be quick, I don’t care if I am old-fashioned or not.
  • Find a location, find a model and find a style
    Shitty location = shitty shot. Get the best you have and don’t expect people to be indulgent. They don’t care if it was not possible to put the thing away from the frame or if the car behind could not be removed. It simply does not interest anybody. So get the right place when you shoot. Same thing applies for models and style.
  • Play with S-speed
    S influences the amount of available light. Your limits are overexposure and 1/250″ (=sync speed of your camera).
    If you have set the strobe at ƒ8, then measure the light with the lightmeter. Let’s say you get 1/125″. This means at 1/125″, the available light will be perfect caught in your cam. Then go for a faster time, your model will still be shot at ƒ8 and will be perfectly lit while the available light around her/him will get darker.

Okay, enough for today, you get the idea! If you have any questions just drop me a line.

At the lake!

Shot at ƒ14 – 1/160″ – ISO 200 – 70mm
Strobe : One maxilight to get a lot of power to counter fight the sun with an orange gel

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Seen in the New York Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/03/magazine/01-brown-sisters-forty-years.html?_r=0

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Small Setup for Great Effect

Actually this is exactly what I need for many reasons : I like being quick when I am shooting friends and relatives since they are not as patient as TFP-Models (by the way I am in Vienna, so if you are a model – male or female – let me know!) or paid models, I have to be quick and here is an easy way to achieve this.

What do you need?

A fancy background + a nice pose + hair + dress + make up + a reflector… In other words, you need a way to get a nice light when there’s none. It was harsh light so I had to go in the shade, where the light is flat. Hum… So you need to bring some light into the picture, and this is where my reflector really helps : I set it on a light stand on a special grip. I aim it at her and I am done. I only then have to lead my model.
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I loved the lines of the background, it emphases the belly’s curves somehow!

more to come!

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