Category Archives: Studio Models

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.

 

 

Projektor with Lady Aera

Projektor Lady AeraProjektor with Lady Aera

 

This weekend I was able to shoot the first set in the art book concept we are working on “Projektor”.

 

Working with the only lighting being a 1500 lumen projector is an interesting prospect. We shot raw, 2.5F and around 3 seconds on the shoot. We also shot in bursts of 3, high, low, medium so we could merge the pictures in Lightroom and Photoshop along the way to make sure we were getting a decent exposure. Lots of chimping because of the low light process on this photo shoot because if the model moved during the burst shoot (high, low, regular) the image would come out blurry in the final product.

 

If you want to shoot like this, I highly recommend any 1500 Lumen or better projector, a tripod because no one can hold the camera still enough, and work with the model so that they know low light means a lot of smears. My defect rate on this shoot was somewhere around 40% (where I am deleting about 40% of the pictures I take) because they are blurry or otherwise show model movement. It is hard holding still for three or so seconds.

 

You also want to make sure that the studio is warm, that is one of the things about the studio I work out of, it might have heaters, but they don’t work. Most of the rooms in the studio are cold and if you have a model, posing nude, cold will not work out all that well.

 

Make sure you do use an MUA for this, even if the backgrounds are heavy and it is hard to make out the makeup, you still want to have a period makeup job for this depending on what period of makeup you want. For this we chose to use a 1920’s style makeup routine, heavy eyeliner, skin lightener, deep red lipstick to work with some of the images that were lighter than the darker backgrounds.

 

In all, shooting in low light is a lot of fun, but practice first with a friend before you pay for a model to do the work. Camera sensors differ and it can be difficult to work in low light. It can be amazingly rewarding though, and a skill worth developing for your portfolio. Sadly, most of these pictures need to remain behind passwords for the time being because I don’t want to deal with the voyeur web sites.

 

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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Gas Mask Girl

Gas Mask GirlGas Mask Girl

The Gas Mask fetish is one of the more interesting fetishes out there, part punishment play or breath play, or used in horror movies to make people tons more scared. Some of the vintage Soviet gas masks make for awesome horror movies like the Reeker, a really grade B horror movie. Depending on your take, the isolation of facial features makes the gas mask an essential part of horror and in some cases BDSM. As far as fetishes go, it is something that reaches all the way though BDSM, to Horror, and in some cases even into the Steampunk communities.

It is also good for helping your model remain anonymous depending on what they do for their day job.  The Gas Mask is an element of design that can be interpreted through at least three community lenses that I know of, and there are probably more. If you have a gas mask it is always a good idea to wipe it out with soap and water at the end of the shoot so that it remains clean. If you want to keep it shiny use silicon oil rather than a petroleum product as petroleum will eat through the rubber. They can be pretty expensive depending on what kind of mask you purchase. The cheaper ones are the more common, like the Israeli and Russian common masks. Some of the hardest to find are those like the ShMS Gas mask that has an other worldly alien and quite scary look and feel to it. If you want to do fetish work with a gas mask go with the regular ones you can find in most army navy stores. But if you want something really special like the ShMS Gas mask your best bet is Ebay, and around 100.00 dollars when they are available. If you are short on funds, or just want to try it out, you can generally find gas masks at the army navy surplus store for 20 to 30 dollars.

Below is one of the regular gas mask girl galleries that I have online.  Standard setting of the white background, standard studio lighting, I used CL lighting rather than flash because I really wanted to control the reflections in the eye windows of the gas mask. Usually the flash will flare off the plastic eye covers and I wanted to get what I was seeing. The camera was set for 100 ISO at 1/125th. The floor is painted black but I wanted to use the highlights off the floor as well in composing the image. Overall it was a fun shoot and follow back on the gallery link to check out the other stuff.

 

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Taking pictures of Belly Dancers

Taking pictures of Belly DancersTaking pictures of Belly Dancers

Form, motion, expression, belly dancers can be some of the hardest pictures to take. Mostly because no matter how you have your camera set you need to set the lighting and the speed of the camera so that you can catch motion. Motion has always been a problem for me, and I have this thing about mutant hands where the hands blur out or elongated fingers tend to get in the way. I have friends to thank for that as they tend to critique my pictures quite honestly. And when you find someone who will critique your pictures honestly they are someone to cherish a lot.

I had the opportunity to do some fantasy belly dancers in the studio and ended up with a dozen or so pictures that I ended up really liking. I’ll reprocess them over to a fantasy feel over the next couple of weeks. The setting on the camera was 1/300 running under stage lighting rather than flash, with an ISO of 200 because I wanted to be able to pop the colors and I needed to be a bit above 100 ISO when it came down to the lighting. Flash might have worked better, but wanted to see what i could do against the black background and flash has a tendency to bring out all the details that I wanted smoothed out. I still wanted to capture some motion rather than single events in time. It was important to me to capture the motion of the veils flying through the air, but keep the belly dancer in focus and in perfect focus.

That is going to be the challenge with doing live motion dancing pictures. Belly Dancers rely on the expression of hand and veil; you want to capture both of them. But you do want the veils a little motion wise while everything else is in focus. In all not that bad a photo shoot and my model was amazingly cool to redo some of the movements so that I could try to do what I was trying to do. If you get the opportunity to do something like this I would love to see what you create. Belly dancing has a wonderful history of being something that entices and teases. You always want to know what is underneath, knowing full well that well it is just a performance, and you will not see all that you want to see. Sometimes pictures that are more teasing are always going to be the best ones because it leaves so much to the imagination. One cannot argue with imagination.

 

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