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Using Liquid Latex in a photo shoot

Liquid Latex Using Liquid Latex in a photo shoot

 

A dear photographer friend of mine this weekend taught me how to use Liquid Latex as part of a photo shoot in a way I never thought of before. All the credits go to JohnMStudios (Facebook link) for showing me how to do this, and a big prop out to Porcelain and Bri for actually allowing this stuff on their bodies and doing the work.

 

The liquid latex to use for this is Ammonia Free liquid latex body paint, it is kind of pricey, but a JohnMStudios used a 4-ounce bottle per model to do this. It covered about ½ of the body for the purposes of the photo shoot over the weekend. It was basically smeared on, and then allowed to get tacky on the models before he did anything.

 

Thing to note, when liquid latex dries it does generate heat so make sure your model knows this otherwise it might be a surprise. And make sure that they have no latex allergies by applying some to a test patch and make sure that there are no adverse reactions being noted on the models skin. Apply the liquid latex to a place not easily noticed in a picture, like the underside of the wrist so that it does not show up in pictures if there is an adverse reaction. Few models ever show the underside of their wrist in pictures.

 

The smudge marks on the naughty bits are done by me so I don’t get shut down by my ISP in case you are wondering. It is not a liquid latex feature or problem, just trying to do my part to keep the Internet PG-13.

 

Once you have the liquid latex tacky, press the models together and have them slowly push apart. The liquid latex will stick to itself more than it will stick to skin, and give you that awesome skin pulling effect that you see in so many horror movies. The good part is that you can get the liquid latex at amazon here (non affiliate link – I don’t get anything if you follow the link), and it comes in a variety of colors, including day glow black light colors so you can do pretty much so anything you want to do here.

 

I personally recommend that you do the skin prep formula as well for the models, but this effect requires you don’t do the skin prep. You want it to pull away in chunks rather than in one solid sheet. Try it out, it is a pretty neat effect, and show JohnMStudios some love by following him on Facebook here.

 

 

Projektor Ebook Available

Projektor Ebook Available

 

I have been able to finish up a lot of the interior space for Projektor, the new studio art book using humans as a canvas for projected art. Personally I think this is one of the best art books I have done to date and I am really excited about seeing the finished PDF’s on the interior design.

 

The sample blurb for the book is:

 

“Welcome to Projektor, an art book using projected images upon human canvases. The idea of projected images goes back to the early days of photography, but saw a lot of use in the early 1900’s. Bauhaus images used projections, polarization, montage, collage, and other techniques to develop unique works of photographic art. Since then the use of this has gone somewhat out of favor, but is still an important aspect of early photographic techniques. This book recreates some of the techniques but using modern digital equipment as part of the process. “ Projektor Self Blurb

 

Personally I am very excited about this book, it has been long in development, and long in hiring the right people to do help with the project. As I tend to go more for project style art work, very organized photo shoots with a limited number of participants it is always fun when you hit the nail on the head right out of the gate. The link to the ebpub at 4.99 is right here. 

 

I hope you love this book as much as I loved doing it, and enclosed are some sample not safe for work pictures by the way so if you decide to go any further in the entry be aware that someone somewhere is going to get offended, and while we can’t stop that, this isn’t Facebook either. You can hit up my ISP, but my ISP and me have already talked about hosting this kind of content on the site.

 

I would really love to get your feedback on the book, and while the cost of production on this one was more expensive than I thought, you can order the hard cover book here (and sorry hard cover self publishing prices as well) for 24.95. Click on the Lulu link below to capture it and purchase it for your own fine art nude collection of books.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

We are thinking about putting the print editions up on ebay as well, see what we can do with this, we do so few print editions of anything anymore preferring to do kindle editions that it might just be worth taking the more popular kindle editions and doing a physical book of them as well. We will have to see.

 

Lillias Right – Projektor

 

Projektor Lillias Right
Projektor Lillias Right

 

Lady Aera – Projektor

 

Projektor - Lady Aera
Projektor – Lady Aera

 

Justine – Projektor

 

Projektor - Justine
Projektor – Justine

 

I hope you enjoyed the preview images, if you go get the book remember to do a review for us, that is super important to get your feedback either on Amazon or on Lulu, or in the comments below. We will listen and use it to improve our products over time. If you look at our first books and what we are producing now, there is a huge difference, and that is due to user feedback.

 

 

Kickstarter for your photography project

kickstarterPhotoKickstarter for your photography project

 

With the news today that Kickstarter was moving from Amazon payments to Stripe Kickstarter is back in the news. In the photography category there are some 1259 photography projects that have been successful, while there are 759 that have not been successful.

 

The good part about moving over to stripe is that the payments experience suddenly got a whole lot easier, and you don’t have to leave the Kickstarter web site. Stripe looks like a fairly solid company, and if my own experience with trying to use Amazon payments it might be time to review my application to run my own Kickstarter for Projektor. I got hung up in Amazon Payments, I am a company, I have my own EIN, but Amazon payments would not accept it, and not let me have access to it to make sure I typed it in correctly. There is nothing more fun than a logic loop in a program that says something is wrong, and then does not let you fix it. Since then my own Kickstarter has not been deployed because of that.

 

On the idea of running my own Kickstarter for Projektor I went and did some homework, you can pull up funded and non-funded projects on Kickstarter and review the ones that were successful or non-successful. From the initial data pull it looks like books, unique projects that have a value, and some gallery shows were successfully funded

 

What does not look like it was successfully funded were requests to purchase new gear, start a photographic company but there were also some really interesting projects in their like photography for breast cancer, 3D objects, and other items that would have been interesting.

 

I think that in a lot of ways what matters is how well you interact with people on projects. I know that in my history of backing Kickstarter projects the folks doing this are all doing the same thing.

 

Weekly updates.

Marshaling their friends to raise the noise level

Last week push (most projects get a lot of funds in the last 24 hours)

Develop a flash community of backers; get them to share on their social media

Show production work in your kickstarter

Offer exclusive content to your kickstarter backers only

Answer questions from the crowd

Keep the project alive by not being too annoying but every couple of days, checking it and seeing what is happening with it

 

Stripe payments are a good thing as it might open the door for more people who get suck in Amazon Payments like we did. But having a successful Kickstarter project is even better. If you want the list of successful projects click this link, if you want the list of unsuccessful projects click this link. Let us know if you are doing a kickstarter, we might just help you plug it.

 

 

 

 

New eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail Lermntov

New eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail LermntovNew eBook Demons with Poetry by Mikhail Lermntov

 

We make picture books, usually for the kindle, although some of them we will print up from time to time. This year we are kicking off some changes in how we do eBooks based on the feedback we got from customers over on Amazon. There is nothing better than a good review, and even a marginal review can offer some good insight into the book.

 

You can purchase the book Demons here.

 

The biggest issue (3+ reviews) was that we didn’t include any text in our picture books. Rather we just focused in on the art, but that was not quite what people were looking for we started going through some of the older books, finding amazing stuff written around the turn of the century, the 1800’s to be precise and we found this amazing author Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, a Russian poet and play writer. He is a lot like Edgar Allen Poe, and you know if you are into horror Goth hopelessness then Poe is your guy.

 

We had been working on a number of demon pictures, and decided to marry the two together.

 

The book of poetry that was used for this book was written in 1918 with the original poetry written before 1840. The document we used scanned by the Internet Archive. The book in its entirety reads like a play, and in some ways was probably meant to be a production piece. The Publisher of the original book was Douglas and Foulis of Edinburg after being translated by Robert Burness.

 

Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov was a fascinating person to read about. Essentially a rebel he was exiled on multiple occasions by Czar Nicholas for being irreverent. He seems like the kind of person that would do well in this day and age.

 

By no means did we use the entire book, we picked and chose what we thought would work best as an accompaniment to the pictures we had produced. There is something elegant about Victorian Poetry that sums up that age of steam, science, and the holding onto fairy tales, demons, faeries, and other assorted phantasmagoria that ran rampant through the common person as the age of science began to take root and take hold of mans thinking. As the Witch Craft delusion began to fade, so did the mystery of the countryside. Along with the loss of demons, we also lost the fae and the magical countryside.

 

You can read the book in its entirety from the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/demonthe00lermrich and it is worth working through the archaic language to understand that this was written 170 some odd years ago, and printed 100 years ago. It is worth reviving older books long past copyright so that the art, the words, the emotions and the feelings can be translated into more modern language while retaining the wonder, fear and hope of a long forgotten age.

Projektor – New art book

Projektor a Justine Nude in Texturenew art book

 

For those of us who have a deep love of what was happening in the 1920’s post      World War I as the world exploded in relief from the end of the first industrial        mechanized war, Projektor is for you.

 

There are main characters in the Bauhaus photography using sharp contrasting shadows, projected images, collage and other ways of putting together an image that would be of interest to the public. Add to that the graphics, graphic design, font design, and the influences through furniture, fashion, industrial design and you pretty much have a movement that influenced a generation between the two World Wars.

 

Projektor is a book that is focused on rediscovering some of the enthusiasm for the era, and the art that was produced by using models as a living canvas with projected images on them.

 

The same projector can be used if you followed any of Liquid Light processes that we had set up and talked about earlier in the year. You want a clean white wall, and you want to shoot only under the light that the projector gives out to the model. This requires a tripod, and exposures of 30 seconds to 60 seconds. Everyone has to stand really still, and the model needs to be nude to get the full effect of the image.

 

It seems like it is going to be a fun project to do that will end up as a book. We are thinking about doing this as a kickstarter, but probably won’t go in that direction, too many hurdles and too many unknowns for a project I can self fund if I have to, and see through its completion.

 

We will be talking about Projektor throughout the year and hope to have it done by midyear as a paperback and hardcover print on demand book. We are also planning on doing photography by project this year, specific projects that we will set aside time and resources as long as the project seems viable to do.

 

Welcome to 2015, as we try to expand where we are going to give it specific products that we can then turn around and sell, it is going to be one amazing year for us I think. Feel free to chime in, we have a lot of ideas, some of them are going to extend well into 2016 and beyond because the projects are so complex to pull off. We will give out all the details of the pictures as we take them so you know how to do the same thing.

 

 

Miss Katie Mae Liquid Light Show

Miss Katie Mae Liquid Light Show Miss Katie Mae Liquid Light Show

And the lab rat shoot of the Liquid Light Show happened this weekend, and it much better than I thought it would. This is one of the few times I shot in Manual Mode at 1/13th at F5 with an ISO ranging between 100 and 200 ASA. Including +.7 EV, Vivid Color Mode ADL was at backlight and A+ on the camera settings. While that might sound like super long exposures, it was still fast enough for me to not have to use a tripod for this photo shoot. I also shot NEF/RAW so that I had a lot of data to work with, I really wanted super huge images to play around with and did not want to deal with compression from the image the camera saw to what was written on the SD card. This is the kind of shoot you want to own the camera instead of the camera owning you by being automatic, or in aperture mode or shutter mode.

The lighting was interesting, we used four 48 inch black lights and surrounded the model with them, I also used a reflector on the back of the black light (white side) so that more of the light would be aimed at the model. The black lights are the typical tube black lights so using a reflector was important to concentrating the light on the model.

For the projector we used a super cheap 3000 lumen Epson EX3220 SVGA 3LCD Projector with some of the creative commons liquid light videos pulled from YouTube, as well we used a program called Electric Sheep for the second set when we wanted to move away from Liquid Light and do some fractal generation. We also constrained the model space down to five feet wide so that we could get all the black light and projector to work together. 3000 lumens is enough light to blow out all but the most interesting effects from the black light and body paint so you want as long a path for the projector light as possible. We used a standard white cloth background rather than the wall, but I think next time we will hit on the wall rather than just simply using the cloth backdrop.

The body paint we used was just a standard UV reactive glow in the dark body paint that you can get at Amazon or via any other online service. We also found some UV reactive underwear and dresses from the Rave Culture that would fit in nicely with what we were trying to do with this photo shoot.

Overall with all the set up and prep this turned out pretty well, this is photographic space that few if any people are working in, and as a lab rat testing shoot this pretty much so hit on all the numbers. Here are the lessons though, when you are testing you always come back with things you need to fix, tweak or otherwise change.

Big table, we needed something up off the black floor to take advantage of the whole background effects that the projector was putting off. The body paint comes out of clothes and backdrops by soaking in warm water, then washing in warm water and a lot of soap. You might also want to try some oxyclean along with a little light scrubbing to get the paint out of clothes.

The paint is thick, and needs to be cut down with water so you do not lose the reactive properties of the paint. You want regular paint brushes, makeup brushes are just not as good for this as they are for laying down a foundation. Put down a liberal amount of makeup base on the places you are going to paint the model. The paint takes a long time to dry (probably because it was so thick), so it will get on places you didn’t think they would. You want to put reflectors on all the black lights to send the light where you want it to go, because a 3000 lumen projector while fun, will blow out everything with the blacklight body paint you were trying to get unless the model is right smack dab in the middle of the blacklights (which is why I used four of them so I could center the model between all of them).

If you do all this, you will end up with the gallery below. I have found only one other photographer in this space, and his pictures are beautiful. You can check out the inspiration here at Howard Schatz dot com. Let me know what you think of this lab rat testing everything out and seeing what we can create photo shoot with Ms Katie Mae, and our wonderful MUA, Magnificent Marjani.

 

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SEO for Photographers

SEO for PhotographersSEO for Photographers

Well the book is out and I hope that you really enjoy it. It is just a couple of days old so through Friday we are offering the book for free so that people get a chance to read it and let me know what they think. I hope that people write reviews for it on Amazon, the book is right here, and if you downloaded it for free this week, please feel free to write a review. I am really interested in hearing back what you think of it.

I know when we think about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) we have a hard time picking out keywords, and trying to describe the picture in 400 characters or less in some cases. This book really pulls out everything I know about getting picture views and following people through a web site to see what they do, where they go, and how long they stay there. What images or movies are the most popular, and how to attempt to sell them to people who are looking at the pictures you are taking.

I generally do not take pictures that people can like in public, and as I work my way through the vintage nude series, something like SEO for Photographers has been important in getting attention. I have already crossed over two million picture views for the year, and if you know anything about e-commerce, it is all about views. The more views, the more chance that someone will actually purchase something, and that is why this book is important, it really dives deep into the things I do to get those amazing picture views. In all this has been a fun book to write, and put together.

There are a ton of pictures, a ton of good ideas, a bunch of different ways of using site keyword clouds to pick out the ones that people are always looking for. The book goes into how to balance Flickr and SmugMug and Tumblr and everyplace else you might post pictures to. We also look at how to balance 500PX, it is a fun site, but has some interesting tweaks that people might not be all that aware of in how 500PX pulse actually works.

The bottom line to all this is to keep on posting, keep on taking pictures, keep on doing the media things you do and have some fun with it. Picture views are not everything, selling pictures is awesomely fun and sometimes happens when you are wondering if anyone is noticing. But the key is using the right keywords to attract the right internal audience. In all, I really hope you like this book, and through January 25th, it is free on Kindle right here.

 

 

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