Some photographers like HDR guru Trey Ratcliff of StuckInCustoms.com even get involved in making their own apps. Check out his “100 Cameras in 1”, I discovered last night. I’ve tried a number of apps since owning an iPhone 3GS, in todays post I’m going to mention three of my current favourites; ProCamera, CrossProcess & Photo Mess. Others will follow in future posts.
A number of events, comments and some reading over the past few months have changed my thinking about not just models but anyone that gets in front of my lens. They opened my eyes to a different reality like Neo taking the red pill offered up by Morpheus and waking to find himself in another world. Thankfully not a grim “Welcome to the real world” of the Matrix, just different. It probably started further back at a subconscious level with things like watching Drummy putting his Endworld photoseries together.
Thoughts of putting a blog post together started forming a couple of weeks ago after a conversation with my 12 year old daughter. She was saying how some people are a lot more reserved in real life than they appear in front of the camera or in the studio. A Flickr profile I read told its readers pretty much the same. The photographer, who was also the subject of a lot of their own photos describing themselves as “shy in real life”. Ideas from a number of blog posts from other photographers added to the mix.
Watching the BBC2 documentary tonight on Rankin recreating famous Hollywood images, I got to see Michael Sheen go through the process of getting into character, giving a great performance as Charlie Chaplin. The blog post idea resurfaced.
Abi for instance can be found here at Profile Model Management. She’s quite new to modelling but was a total natural when it came to posing, her figure and memories from past dance lessons helping create some lovely poses. I’d love to do a shoot with a ballet dancer, something to add to the list for this year.
One of the models I worked with recently for a fashion and portrait set prefers to shoot Alternative Glamour, as featured by magazines like BIZZARE. Maez, who goes by the model name Sapphire Storm, is a bubbly and professional model who I plan to work with again in the spring for an outdoor fashion shoot. The more I look at the various model profile sites the more I come to accept that a lot of models will work in multiple areas of interest; Fashion, Lingerie, Editorial, Runway, Tradeshow, Advertising, Fitness, Spokesmodel, Body parts, Swimwear, Catalogue, etc.
She’s dying to get onto the cover of BIZZARE magazine, so much so she’s joined the magazines web service ultravixens.net and is looking for people to vote for her. If that’s your sort of magazine and want to help her get on the cover please click the link, sign up and vote! Her own web site can be found here.
Roll on the warmer weather, some studio, location, fashion and wedding shoots! The Mojo’s back. 🙂
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Don’t get me wrong though, for the money it’s been the best laptop yet screen and performance wise compared to the DELL and IBM laptops I also use. With hindsight for my photography I should have gone for something designed to take a bit more punishment and regular use.
The reassembled beast is thankfully still running fine at the moment, so another full backup can be taken just in case. Time to look into the internal construction of a Macbook Pro.
If you’ve had a Macbook Pro for over a year and carry it everywhere with you I’d be very interested to know how well it’s coped with the daily use.
1 of whom was more strange than stranger. I’d gone into East Croydon to pick up an album proof and bring it back to Bromley, then work on some layout issues with the lab.
I now have some V05 Hot Oil in my camera bag ready to pass on to a wedding client thanks to some tips from a lady with stunningly shiny hair. But I also have a small bottle of Listerine mouthwash after I got somewhat more thanks than I’d expected or wanted from someone I helped out on my way to the lab. After getting over the initial shock I had to laugh. Having women try and french kiss you is not something that comes to mind when people joke about East Croydon being a dangerous place. I’ll think twice before helping any women carry a heavy box to the bus stop again.
Croydon’s got talent for sure, its fare share being X Factor finalists. Jerzy Siwek was great, creating the vocal parts to many popular tracks with his violin. The portrait artist was very fast and had a great understanding of light and form. I’d loved to have seen the finished drawing but time waits for no photog’.
Back in Bromley a Ferris wheel was keeping a few kids amused. Scream if you want to go faster! I’m quite please with the hand held 0.8 second exposure. The Churchill Theatre had put a mass of Christmas lights up on the side of the building. Bokeh Tastic! Thanks to those who let me try a shot or two with the lights in the background. I think I’ll keep a set of our lights back when the rest go back into the loft in the new year.
And as for the gang having an early Christmas Party.. loved the ear muffs, I hope your night continued well. Make sure your “Kiss Me” web designer gets in touch!
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Ever had a friends or family ask “Have you got any photos of [insert persons name]” handy?
I get it quite a lot.
I catalogue and edit my images in Adobe Lightroom 3 and have a structure to my archive, each day getting a dated and named folder, e.g. “2010-11-02 Snow!”. Having such folders doesn’t help much when it comes to finding past images of people. Especially since a) my sense of time isn’t linear and b) many images can contain multiple people. I can add keywords for any new images in Lightroom, but what about the tens of thousands of shots from past holidays, parties and images shot by both myself and other members of the family? There simply isn’t enough free time to wade through them all.
Surprise surprise, Masons Hill hadn’t been cleared regularly, buses and delivery lorries were having major problems getting up the road. This bus was spinning its wheels so much it was creating small clouds of steam!
On returning to the station to wait for the train I found lots of understandably grumpy looking people, nobody standing out as a good subject for a photo. Around 07:30 the station staff were hoping to have a Bromley South to Victoria shuttle service running by 9-ish. Time accept defeat and work from home!
So I’d got some landscape shots and a bus, no people today! Oh well I though, another day. Moments latter a happy looking Kelly was walking towards me in her snug looking bright winter wear heading into town. I said Hi and asked for a photo, explaining my street photography. Kelly gave me a smile and agreed. Kelly works for a local firm approving loans and has a lovely soft voice. She laughed saying “I didn’t think I’d be doing that this morning!”.
Spring and warm days to do outdoor fashion shoots feel so far away!
Have a very Berry Merry Christmas everyone!
[Update Saturday] Bromley Council got a lot of flack for their lack of response to the snow on the roads, some even on national TV. I can’t say if their updated plans started before that or not but they’ve turned things around in time for the weekends Christmas shopping. Major roads are clear. I’ve seen salt lorries, snow ploughs, even a quad bike fitted with a salt spreader and path brusher!
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