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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.

 

 

Flickr’s Camera Roll Beta rocks

Flickr Camera Roll BetaFlickr’s Camera Roll Beta rocks

 

It is not every day that a photo dumpsite comes up with something interesting, let alone helpful for the photographers. But the new camera roll beta from Flickr actually helps solve some of the problems that photographers might have with understanding how their pictures are consumed or viewed.

 

Before camera roll, finding out how people were consuming pictures was to say the least painful. Camera Roll solves this problem for me in an elegant and beautiful way to determine what pictures are popular, how many times they have been viewed (because I am much more interested in specific picture views than full gallery views for weeding purposes) and which ones are the most popular in a given set.

 

This is a great way of seeing how many picture views each individual picture gets. The tabular format is pretty sweet for seeing how many people like a specific picture that you have and then working backwards from there to work out which pictures are the most popular in a gallery. With the one terabyte limit, this makes weeding out pictures so much easier, you simply drop the ones that have the fewest picture views.

 

The ones with the most picture views stay, the ones with the least get deleted off the system in favor of the better ones, or the ones with the most picture views.

 

I am also finding out that with camera roll some of my experiments of “less is more” or “more is more” in terms of driving picture views, this makes the data pulls much more intuitive than digging through the pictures bit by bit, piece by piece.

 

I am really digging on the new camera roll, and I really hope that the Flickr product management group keeps this feature as part of Flickr.

 

The only other feature that I would really love to see come out of Flickr is a shopping cart so that people can purchase pictures from me directly and I get to use their site to make money. It would totally turn Flickr from a dump site into a portfolio site if they were to do that.

 

If you have not had a chance to take a look at the Camera Roll Beta, and start incorporating it into your statistical view of how your pictures are consumed. Now all that remains is a shopping cart, I really want to see people have the ability to purchase pictures from me there. My stuff is not the kind of stuff that is going to show up in a Getty image search, but it is the kind of stuff that someone might purchase.

 

Bring Something Sexy the Movie

Bring Something Sexy the MovieBring Something Sexy the Movie

 

So in case you didn’t know we are part of a Freelance Modeling movie by Rebel and Dark Angel Productions. You can see the teaser trailer right here down below if you are interested in seeing the life of a freelance model.

 

Kristy/Rebel has been one of those folks who inspired me to be a better photographer and take on some of the move interesting art projects like Liquid Light, Projektor and the upcoming idea of “Dark Beauty” although I desperately need to change the name to suit more of what I am going for with the 1920’s 1930’s jazz age photography styles.

 

The teaser trailer is right here:

 

The uncut footage from the liquid light shoot I did with Kristy is right here:

 

In all I am super excited about being in a movie for and about freelance modeling, because this is an important aspect of the industry. I hire only freelance models; I don’t want to work with agency models because all the money does not go to the model. I would much rather the model gets all the cash and calls it good.

 

I also work with freelance models because I enjoy them; they are often freer in emotion and expression than what is coming out of the agency. Plus I get to work with new models, models that I continually seem to rehire depending on the project, and models that are taking an active interest in what I am doing as an art project. I tend to do more art projects than simple fashion or event photography. I have found many agency models to be a bit stiff in how they work, and that seems to be part of the agency system. I need art models, not fashion models and this drives the process.

 

Go check out the movie, check out the web site bring something sexy, and I hope you watch the movie when it comes out, it is going to be a great flick. It was a lot of fun to participate in, and hey it’s our first movie where we are not taking it. That is worth the blog entry and then some.

 

2013 Year in Review for Studio5Graphics Top 10 Galleries

Chantal Water Nymph

2013 Year in Review for Studio5Graphics Top 10 Galleries

2013 is basically going down as the best year ever for sales, views, gallery show, and love. It has been a great and wonderful year and all because people found me and decided they liked what I was doing. Of course there are a lot of Y-Chromosome pictures this year, but also some surprise sleeper hits along the way. Overall this is has been my best year, and I owe it all to you, a couple of walled gardens, some of the most amazing models to walk the planet, and finding time to do this.

Top 10 Most Popular Galleries for the year

1. Chantal Water Nymph – one of the most stunningly wonderful and talented models I worked with this year coming in at 200,000 picture views for the gallery alone.

2. Steamcon V Cosplay – the most outrageously fun three days I had this year was at Steamcon and you should go if you get the chance clocking in at 122,000 picture views

3. Pinup Model Ange

e in a Bikini – this was the surprise sleeper hit of the year, taken over another photographers shoulder and just hanging out because I was between models, the lovely Angee is clocking in at 86,000 picture views. I am sure this will tick off the primary photographer but then there we are, this happens when you are at a group shoot.

4. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013 – they let me hang out with the regular show photographers and ended up with thousands of amazingly cool pictures. They were surprised that a photographer would show up from the west coast, so the good folks at Wizard World made me feel right at home and I can’t thank them enough for that.  They are clocking in at 82,000 picture views.

5. Pinup Model Anika in front of an Impala – beautiful model, beautiful car clocking in at 66,000 picture views for the year. Sometimes you have to choose between the car and the girl, in this photo set you didn’t have to.

6. Jet City Comic Show photo booth – this is my favorite shoot of the entire year, there is nothing that compares to running the photo booth for a comic con. Lots of good people lots of fun and some amazingly good charity work with Comic Book Characters for Causes. They clock in at 62,000 picture views.

7. Grid Girl Rebel – ok, anyone who has shot Rebel knows that she is one of the most amazing young ladies out there. She runs Femme LTD here in Seattle getting people together so that they can make cool art and pictures. She clocks in at 61,000 picture views, which in my opinion just isn’t enough, she is that amazing.

8. Marilyn Outdoors Part 2 – another wonderful model clocking in at 57,000 picture views.

9. M.O.d and a Vintage Car – I know she didn’t like some of these, but darn it I am not photoshopping out things in a picture, or otherwise. The only thing I am using photoshop for is balancing color and exposure or resizing an image. She is a wonderful pers

10. Pinup Model Inspired – wonderful, simply a wonderful young lady and probably goes into the top 10 list of people who I really think are simply very cool for 2013. She clocks in at 54,000 picture views for the year.on to begin with and she clocks in at 57,000 picture views.

Those are just the galleries; I really should wait for a couple of days before I really start cranking the full end of year numbers for total picture views. But simply put it has been a wonderful year for having people taking a look at pictures, and buying pictures, along with my first gallery show this has just simply been one of the coolest years I could have. Just a big shout out to everyone involved, you are all part of this and should feel warm fuzzy along the way.

 

 

 

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Latex Electrical Tape Model

Latex Electrical Tape ModelLatex Electrical Tape Model

I know I really have not fallen off the face of the planet, but it has been remarkably busy which is something that any photographer would be happy with. Over the last couple of months I have done a lot of photography and while I have a little downtime it is time to write about some of the photo shoots I have been doing.

One of the most interesting photo shoots of the year has to be the electrical latex tape shoot I did with JohnMStudios and Miss Kate over here in Seattle. There was no MUA for this shoot, but covering someone in artistically designed electrical tape is something that I have not done before, and it is something that ended up being interesting to try out. The model Miss Kate was an amazing person to work with and has a high level of experience with standard modeling poses, if you get the chance to find her to hire her as a model it is well worth the time you will spend with her. JohnMStudios is one of the local photographers here in Seattle and has set himself up with covering people in electrical tape as his signature series, much like my own Ziegfeld Follies style recreations.

A couple of things I learned while doing this, is make sure your model does not have a latex allergy. Electrical tape is based on latex so you need to make sure your model is not allergic so you don’t have to deal with hives and itching later on. The other is that you have about three hours to do the shoot before the tape starts peeling away. In some of the later pictures they had to be deleted because the tape was peeling away from private bits of the body.

The other thing to do is to have a design board with a plastic surface so you can work out the larger designs. If you work them out on the design board, you can work out your idea there without making your model uncomfortable or feel like an experimental lab rat while you try to figure it all out. Any plastic coated board will do including a plastic cutting board from the kitchen if that is all you have available to you.

It is an interesting style, and unique to JohnMStudios so far as I have been able to find. It is always fun working with a photographer who has a unique idea that is not commonly found, and you get a chance to ride side saddle with them to learn the ropes, and pitfalls of working with electrical tape as a primary clothing choice.

It is worth trying out. Check out the gallery below to see what you think.

Latex Electrical Tape Model

 

 

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Glamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

Glamour Model Plush - Post Andy WarholGlamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

Sometimes you click with a model in such a way that you can get some vision going with a photo shoot and everyone agrees and starts acting like we are going to have some fun here. Working with Plush – Model Mayhem Number 2257785 is a lot of fun. She is amazingly cool in front of the camera. So what I wanted to do was try to capture some of the wasted feel to the Factory Studio that Warhol ran from the 1960’s through his death. Like it or Loath it, Andy made an impression, and sometimes it is nice to get a feel from his art and the times by being able to try to recreate the look and feel of the era. Plush did really amazingly well trying to capture the whole idea behind it.

These pictures were shot at the old INS Building downtown Seattle now called Inscape. There was some street art feel work down the basement and we basically camped out there, used the natural light from the yellow overheads (to match her very blond yellow hair) and said, let’s act like we are on LSD and see what we can come up with. Plush just went for it.

Some of the more interesting angles were me laying on the floor (she is short and I am tall, there is almost a foot difference in height, so very little shooting at the same eye level was going to happen here) and her doing her thing trying to look drugged out. The cigarette was just a nice bonus as a prop for her to work with. This is the result, and while not pop art, it is more of a representation of a very bygone era. There will most likely not be anything like the 1960’s again or for a very long time. The pendulum seems to be swinging back to a more conservative time. With any luck though, there will always be interesting interpretations of a time where everything, every boundary was being pushed. From personal viewpoints to equal rights, to art, to sex, to science, to people we explored. I hope that we get an opportunity to have something similar in the future, but then, on that one I don’t know if we can pull it off.

Glamour Model Plush – Post Andy Warhol

 

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