Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: The Use of Shadows in Lighting

Even novice photographers get it; gear is important but second to the right implementation of that gear. And a camera more often than not isn’t as important as the right lighting environment, whether it’s available or man-made.

A fairly common mistake we have all made at some point in our developmental process is the over use of lighting. Through the course of our experience we evolve and devolve – just look at several of your pieces you’ve shot over time. You’ll see it – something you tried that changed everything, maybe something you stopped doing. For me, the discovery of shadow changed the entire game.

When we first discover lighting, it’s pandemonium. Ring flashes, speed lights, kino, mole, LED, acute’s, mono heads, and modifiers galore; barn-doors to soft boxes, gels, CTB, CTO… your head could explode over the sheer number of lighting combinations. One single sitting can turn out a hundred plus different images just with different lighting techniques.

So many of us crank in as many lights as possible, trying everything. Not a wrong answer on the path to finding your lighting voice, but maybe not your answer.

I eventually became way more infatuated with the shadows light created than with the light that light created. You must have both. Without shadow there either isn’t light or there’s just too much of it. Lighting in photography & video, after all, is just the allocation of light and shadow. It’s your image! You tell the light where to go the same as you’d tell a model.

I’ve found the bulk of what I’m interested in aesthetics-wise is primarily single source, whether constant or strobe. And, usually unmodified or a beauty dish at least. We like to throw the word “noir” around just as much as “edgy.” For some end-all examples of this lighting, pull up some 40′s black and white flicks – great film noirs like The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Citizen Kane… What do you see? A whole lot of shadow. It’s moody as all hell and easy to recreate on a shoestring budget. Shadow is your friend. Embrace the dark side.

Written by: Allen Henson

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The Selfie Phenomenon and Modeling Portfolios

But first . . . . Let me take a selfie . . . selfie . . . Let me take a selfie.

With the explosive popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, posting pictures has become part of our everyday lives. One of the most trendy types of pictures is the selfie. Selfies are so popular that earlier this year, the word “selfie” was added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. This particular word has also become the center of a music video by The Chainsmokers aptly called #SELFIE and it features a number of actual selfies from celebrities such as Snoop Dogg and David Hasselhoff. Since its release in January this year, the video has garnered 132 million views and climbing.

What is a selfie, you may ask? Very simply, a selfie is a self-taken image. Selfies are most commonly taken with a camera on a cell phone, but virtually any camera can by used to take one. Often times selfies can be identified by an out-stretched arm appearing in the image. This is because to take a selfie, you have to hold your cell phone or camera out in front of you and your arm ends up being captured in the frame. Selfies have pretty much become cemented into our every day lives. You pretty much can’t be on a social network for more than 30 seconds without seeing one. It has almost become second nature for us to snap a picture of ourselves whether it’s planned out or it’s a spur of the moment one like Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie which is the most retweeted picture ever with over 3 million retweets.

So why do we take selfies? Because they’re fun, right? More than just being a fun way of socializing, studies suggest that they may boost one’s self-esteem. A selfie is a frozen point in time where everything in the picture is all about you. There’s no pressure to take one and you can get an instant confidence boost especially when you get likes and comments on an image via your favorite social network. From an outside perspective, selfies can seem narcissistic and perhaps excessively taking selfies can be. However, in this age, a self-taken image is part of how we socialize.

Selfies also provide a way for us to sneak a peak into the lives of others. Many people are often curious and interested to see what goes on with the private lives of actors, models and others in the public eye. These celebrities know that their image is a way for them to stay connected with their fans. Models are notorious selfie takers . . . and why not? . . . models live glamorous life-styles, go to the best parties, and take great pictures.

However, a problem arises when aspiring models confuse selfies with professional portfolio images. Selfies are generally taken by a camera phone, which is low in resolution and low in megapixels. Most camera phones produce pixelated, poor quality images that really don’t cut it for a professional modeling portfolio. Beyond the quality of the image, seeing an out-stretched arm in an image appears unprofessional. You may notice that selfies are not a part of supermodels’ portfolios. That’s because selfies are primarily meant for friends, family, and fans to see. Your portfolio is for prospective clients and other industry professionals to see.

Grow your portfolio with a variety of pictures with different looks and poses. If you want to be taken seriously in the modeling industry, especially when you are starting out, hire a professional photographer or work with someone you know that is able to take some good shots of you with a decent camera. Your portfolio should showcase your very best work and will usually be judged by the weakest image. You don’t want a prospective client or agent to decline you, because you have a low quality, pixelated selfie.

There are many reasons why selfies have become a cultural phenomenon. Selfies are an honest form of photography that is personal, candid, and which we love sharing with our friends and family. As a model, there are ways to work selfies into your personal lives, but make sure to separate the images that are seen by your personal and professional networks. Doing this will speak volumes about you as a professional.

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Best Spotless and Saving Makeup and Hair Tips for Spring

By: Natalia Zurawska
Natalia Zurawska has been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years. If you would like to see more of her work, visit her website at www.colourchameleon.com. Natalia has recently come out with a makeup e-book entitled “I’m Not Making This Up. It features all of the best makeup beauty tips and tricks that she has learned over the years to save you time and money. It is available on Amazon (http://astore.amazon.com/wwwcolourcham-20) as well as Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/379111).

Spring is coming up and beauty products should not be ignored. Here are some great tips to keep all your makeup and hair supplies in great order as well as some great tips to save you money.

  1. When in doubt, throw it out.
    If it smells funny, the texture is off or you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you mostly likely won’t. Make a pile for makeup you rarely use and throw the rest out.
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  3. Have a makeup and hair product trade party with your friends. Not only does it feel great to get rid of product, you will get product that you will use. Win- Win for all.
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  5. Spray all eye shadows, and powder makeup with alcohol min 70%. Powder makeup stays intact for ages. I like to spray my powders, eye shadows and blushes every few months and clean the containers frequently. This is also a great tip if any of your powders break. Simply spray the rubbing alcohol, create a paste and leave open to dry. It will be back together!

    Best tips – if you have remnants of bronzer and powder, you can create a highlight/contour in one by crushing the powders and placing each (on either side) in a compact container. Spray with alcohol and make a paste. Allow to dry.
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  7. Wash makeup brushes weekly. I wash my brushes after every use for hygiene purposes. If it is only you using them, once a week is great. Use a mild shampoo or dish detergent. I also like to use conditioner. The Tresemme Naturals collection cleans so well, smells great as well as moisturizes without any reside. Rinse well and shape. Lay flat to dry so the water doesn’t run into the glue of the handle and loosen it.I love the brushes by Cover FX. The foundation brush is especially fantastic. The bristles are very dense in amount, soft and blend so well. The result is flawless.

     

    www.tresemme.ca

    www.coverfx.com

    There are many ways you can store your brushes. Here are just a few cute ways. Use colored sands or silica gel to match the décor of your room.

  8. Use a tail comb such as the one by Goodywww.goody.com to clean scraggly hair out of hair brushes weekly. Wash hairbrushes with shampoo and allow to dry.

    Cleaning hair tools is easy by using alcohol wipes while the irons are hot. Swipe the alcohol wipe through a few times to get rid of any product residue.

  9. Make a palette easily with lipsticks. There is so much lipstick still left in the container after it looks flat on the surface. Simply scrape out the remnants with anything you have on-hand that would work. An orange stick for manicures works well. Place lipsticks in a little medicine container, which you can get in most dollar stores or pharmacies. Clear works best as you can see the colors. Melt in the microwave for about 20 seconds until melted. Add 5 seconds until melted. If you like, label away. You can always create new colors by mixing and melting lipsticks together. M.A.C offers an amazing recycling program. If you return 6 containers, you get a free lipstick and there are more options in the M.A.C Pro stores. www.maccosmetics.com

  10. Organize makeup and hair tools. This order works well for me. Top shelf has cotton pads (I cut them in half for double the uses), q-tips, and face wash, moisturizer. Second shelf is foundation, concealer, eye shadows, blush, mascara, powder and lipsticks/glosses. The bottom shelf is medication, toothbrush and toothpaste, floss.Hair items tend to be bigger and heavier hence I like to place them at the bottom. Hair products come next and last hair tools.Keep makeup and hair tools in a cool, dry place.
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  12. Regardless of how much you want to spend and how big your space is, here are some great options. Baskets also work well.


    Ikea, Walmart and Target are all great places to find great stuff.

    I hope you have enjoyed this blog! More to come soon ;)

    Natalia Zurawska

    Makeup/Hair/SPFX

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    http://www.youtube.com/user/MsColourchameleon

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colourchameleon/338696082913680

    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/natalia-zurawska/22/b09/410

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INTERVIEW WITH SUPERSEXY SEMINAR MODEL JOY CORRIGAN

One of OMP’s photographers, Jarmo Pohjaniemi (OMP ID: 68348), recently interviewed the super sexy Joy Corrigan, a model for the upcoming SHOOT THE CENTERFOLD seminar scheduled March 22 – 23, 2014 in Miami Beach. See more details on the seminar here.

ABOUT JARMO POHJANIEMI:

Originally born in Finland, Jarmo started out his illustrious career as a fashion photographer shooting in Paris, Milan, Munich, and New York. From there, he went on to work for Playboy, spending over a decade shooting some of the most beautiful women in the world.

Jarmo is also the creator and backbone of the popular Shoot The Centerfold educational photography community that offers world class seminar workshops with instruction from top photographers. Shoot The Centerfold specializes in educating photographers on camera techniques, lighting, and the publishing business. Jarmo has also been introducing photographers to the world of moving pictures and video production with a support rig he invented called the STC Shooter, which has recently been used to shoot a promo for mega director Michael Bay’s hit TV series, “Black Flags.”

THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR THE SEMINAR:

The lovely Miss Joy is currently in South Africa on modeling assignments, but Jarmo wanted to catch up with her despite her busy schedule and get a brief interview because there is much more to Joy than meets the eye. Not only is she a world class working model who travels the international modeling circuits, but also a perfect choice for our upcoming seminar based on her abilities to deliver a one-two punch with her everlasting sexy impressions (Joy’s a true knock-out!). Not only that, she’s also intelligent, articulate and very observant. Joy is the perfect choice for the Shoot the Centerfold seminar because she understands both sides of the camera and can work with photographers of all levels, from beginner to professional. Her experience and instincts are superior. If she knew photography, it’s possible many more of us would be looking for work because this girl – excuse us, lady – knows her stuff!

Jarmo: First, thank you for accepting our offer to participate in our March seminar experience; we are very excited to have you in front of the cameras. Second, what’s been happening in the life of our busy model? Any interesting shoots or stories you’d care to share with us?

Joy: I’m so glad that I was asked to be part of this seminar! And I am really looking forward to meeting all the new photographers as well as the more experienced ones! One of the cool things about my job is being able to travel and meet new people, so this is definitely one of those trips I can’t wait for! Every shoot is different, and can be interesting in a way, but yesterday was super cool because I was airbrushed golden and green to look like an African goddess/angry panther! I’m sure it’s hard to picture, but it was shot for a wine campaign and I’m sure it will all make sense when it comes out!

Jarmo: You are currently in South Africa; tell us, how does modeling differ over there than to the US market?

Joy: Cape Town SA is like the Miami Beach of the other side of the world! It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, so getting a chance to work here is a blessing! But there are a few differences for sure, its a lot more relaxed here in South Africa. Let’s just say, sometimes I forget if I’m vacation or at work! But I’m not complaining (; Not to mention they have summer the same time the US has winter!

Jarmo: In the ‘90s, many top European fashion houses came to Miami for their shoots (and still do), but it seems that South Africa has become a sort of modeling mecca as well. Do you agree?

Joy: Yes, I totally agree, I think it is sometimes may be easier for Europeans to travel to SA then all the way to Miami. And SA is getting more safe then it’s ever been, which encourages models to travel here from all around the world. So, you get the best of both worlds, literally. Stunning girls and beaches! But don’t rule out Miami completely, it’s the one beach warm enough to swim in, unlike the super-cold water here, and I also have heard that Miami is ranked number one for Most Beautiful Girls, but I guess you will have to check out both places to compare!

Jarmo: You are very well known in the modeling circuits around the world and it is a dream to work with you. Why is it that we cannot get enough of Joy Corrigan?

Joy: Haha! That’s a hard question to answer because I’m just happy living my dream. I hoped for the best, but I would have never expected this kind of success. So, if you guys can’t get enough, maybe I’ll have to blast you with some more selfies and BTS pics from around the world!

Jarmo: You are a fashion model with a glamour twist. It goes without saying that women love fashion, but how does glamour fit into it? Would you rather do fashion or glamour, or does it matter?

Joy: Haha! That’s a hard question to answer because I’m just happy living my dream. I hoped for the best, but I would have never expected this kind of success. So, if you guys can’t get enough, maybe I’ll have to blast you with some more selfies and BTS pics from around the world!

That sounds great! We’d love to see them! We know you are a fashion model with a hint of glamour thrown in. It goes without saying that women love fashion, but how does glamour fit into it? Would you rather do fashion or glamour, or does it matter?

It’s hard to say. I actually love being in front of the camera (as if you haven’t noticed! lol), so it comes down to the goal for the shoot and the team that with which I’m working! I love being sexy, but who says you can’t be sexy and still sell clothing? I love to smile, but if the shoot calls for a pouty look, I’m in! Shooting is just like acting; it’s just like telling a story in front of the camera. I think some models feel more comfortable with a certain type of shoot, so they become categorized as that type of model, but I am equally comfortable in both styles! So, let’s just say, I can’t decide – I love both!

Jarmo: You were a model for a recent STC One-on-One session and made an everlasting mental impression with your ability to blend glamour with fashion. Would you say the fashion industry is increasingly integrating glam into their layouts?

Joy: Yes, and I think it goes the other way, also. The glamour industry is integrating fashion into their shoots as well! It’s always nice to look at a stunningly perfect photo, so why not add a little glamour and beauty into a fashion shoot so you get something that is appealing to the eye in every way!

Jarmo: It seems to us that many more publications are allowing nudity than that they did ten years ago. What’s your take on all this, and would you pose nude if the assignment called for it? Where does nudity in fashion cross the line into glamour, or does it?

Joy: I actually think that fashion calls for nudity a lot more than we realize. It’s ok for fashion models to pose nude as long as its “high fashion,” but the publications sometimes look down upon nudity if it’s done in a sexy, glamorous manner. I’m not saying this is right or wrong, but it does seem like nudity is accepted more and more every day. I think a photo can be just as revealing with or without clothes, so why not keep it classy and beautiful either way! I still don’t think I could pose nude myself, but I definitely don’t think there is anything wrong with other models that do!

Jarmo: What kind of shoots are your favorites, direction and style-wise?

Joy: Some of my favorite shoots are ones where you go in with no expectations and you come out being tremendously surprised! Just like shooting something I have never shot before. This is so exciting when you get to use your past experiences and incorporate them into a whole new concept!

Jarmo: You seem to be doing lots of swimsuit work (duh) and with a body like yours, it’s a no-brainer! How important is it to have the right bikini when modeling?

Joy: I think, more importantly, you need to have the right bikini body! If you are in shape, most bikinis will look great on you! It’s always good to make sure that the bikini goes right with the setting as well, but that is usually done by a stylist. If there is no stylist on board, then I like to try a bikini on and take a few test shots to see how it looks. You would be surprised how styling and makeup can look so different after you look at it on a big screen!

Jarmo: What do you like to do when you’re not modeling? Any hobbies? Interests? Guilty pleasures?

Joy: Yes! I love to paint and I’m really into art, so I’ve always got one or two paintings I’m working on at a time! I think being artistic is fun; you can pour out your emotions onto a canvas. I’m also a very active person; sometimes even after a long day of work, you will find me in the gym punching a bag or jogging along the boardwalk!

I also love to learn about nutrition and cook healthy, but delicious meals, including Italian-style homemade gluten-free pizza, or fresh wild-caught ceviche topped with sliced mango and fresh cilantro. So, when I’m not working, I’m probably in the kitchen experimenting and cooking up something good! Some of my guilty pleasures include shopping, eating jalapeños, and posting on Instagram! On a typical Friday night you will most likely find me, cuddled up on the couch, with a huge bowl of spicy truffle popcorn, watching movies and gossiping with my sisters!

Jarmo: What do expect to see during our two day seminar/workshop experience?

Joy: I would love to see new talent pursuing their dreams! Just like me when I started with my career, you can learn so much just by sitting back and taking it all in! Luckily, I’ve had the chance to work with extremely talented people in the past, whom I have learned so much from. And, I am still learning new things every day, but without knowledge from the professionals, it’s so hard to advance in this industry!

Jarmo: You will be meeting many photographers during the seminar. As a professional model, do you have any advice for the attendee photographers?

Joy: Yes, just be like a sponge and soak up everything! You will be surprised how much you can learn from a fellow photographer or model. Some of the most talented people are going to be at this seminar, so just talk and most importantly, listen. ;) Oh, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If there ever is a time to push your limits, it’s going to be at the STC seminar!

Jarmo: In your opinion, what’s your best asset, physically and personally?

Joy: Haha, this is a good question, because I’m the most critical of myself. I love my smile and I love to smile! I would also have to say that reading people is another one of my great assets. I think it probably comes from experiences in the past, but it’s hard for someone to put one over on me. And if you think your getting away with something, it’s probably because I want you to think that! lol ;)

Jarmo: Do you get bored easily in photoshoots if the photographer does not have his game together?

Joy: Yes, that is why it is good, as a photographer, to always come prepared! Have a plan, have the right equipment, and most importantly, have the right team. I’ve been at shoots before that have taken five times longer then they should have. If only the photographer had had his game together, I’m sure it would have run a lot smoother.

Jarmo: One of the reasons out of the hundreds we can think of and why we approached you to participate in our seminar is your ability to work with and understand emerging photographers, a quality that very few models possess. The best way to describe it is that you seem to have the gift of guiding photographers and giving them the confidence they need (as well as some excellent images!). Do ever work with photographers in the professional industry who do not necessarily know everything to the point you have to fill in the blanks?

Jarmo: One of the reasons out of the hundreds we can think of and why we approached you to participate in our seminar is your ability to work with and understand emerging photographers, a quality that very few models possess. The best way to describe it is that you seem to have the gift of guiding photographers and giving them the confidence they need (as well as some excellent images!). Do ever work with photographers in the professional industry who do not necessarily know everything to the point you have to fill in the blanks?

Jarmo: With a figure like yours, almost every shot during a photoshoot will be a keeper. That being said, how important is it to know how to pose properly?

Joy: Haha! Thanks! But I think it doesn’t matter how great someone’s figure is – if they are shot at the wrong angle, they can look completely different. I try to pose to get the perfect shot, but sometimes that perfect shot is when you’re not even posing. It’s good to have the freedom to move knowing that the photographer will delete those not so perfect shots, and make sure to hold on to the keepers! It’s almost like a dance with the photographer and model, once you’re in the same rhythm, it’s easier to come up with magical results!

Jarmo: Due to your superior abilities and extensive experience, it’s possible for you to actually control the direction of the shoot. Do you sometimes take the lead, or do photographers have the final say, regardless of their experience?

Joy: When I am working on a job, the photographer will most likely give direction, but I will always speak up if there is something I notice that’s not right. Most of the time, the photographer is happy to hear feedback and wants the model to feel comfortable. If everyone is not fully comfortable and happy on a shoot, it’s going to be a lot harder to achieve that goal.

Jarmo: If you weren’t modeling, what would you be doing instead?

Joy: I think I would have to be doing something exciting and risky, I definitely could not be sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day. Maybe I would be an FBI agent or a fashion designer, or even start my own restaurant! So many possibilities, but it is hard for me to picture myself doing anything else right now!

Jarmo: What’s the best modeling gig you’ve done so far? We know that there are many, but tell us about your favorite one? How about the weirdest one?

Joy: Can I say the One-on-One session with Shoot The Centerfold? lol Or, do you mean other than that experience? Ok, so this is a hard one because there are so many incredible shoots so far! However, shooting in Cancun, Mexico as one of the mermaids for Montoya Swimwear was definitely one of my favorites! Getting to shoot with best friends and the rest of the Montoya Family on gorgeous beaches was an incredible experience to remember! And, luckily, I haven’t had any shoots that were too weird, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

Jarmo: Do you still enjoy modeling, or has it become just a way of making a living and a business?

Joy: Yes! I love it! It gets better and better all the time! It seems like the more time you put into it, the more it pays off! I’m super-blessed and thankful for every day I get to shoot, I hardly look at it as a job. Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work, but absolutely rewarding! Who wouldn’t want to travel to awesome locations, meet cool and artistic people, and get to live your dream?

Jarmo: Where would you like to visit, modeling-wise, if you could choose any location in the world?

Joy: Next up: Paris and London! But places I haven’t been to that I would love to visit are Australia, Japan and Thailand!

Jarmo: If you could create a dream photographer, which qualities and talents would he or she have?

Joy: A dream photographer is someone you can laugh with, have fun with, but someone who also knows how to get down to business! Also, being professional is very important, so that I can feel comfortable enough to let loose and know that he or she is going to capture that winning shot!

Jarmo: What’s your take on working with female photographers? How do they differ from the male counterparts? They say that female photographers seem to be more interested in the results rather than the process. In your experience, is this true?

Joy: Working with female photographers is no different then working with male photographers, it comes down to the individual person and how they operate. In my experience, I think female photographers are just as excited about the process as well! Some of the best photographers are female photographers, and sometimes they are overlooked. For me, it’s how I can relate with that individual, whether they are female or male. So bring it on female photographers, I would love to see more in the industry!

Jarmo: What can our attendee photographers learn from you during our seminar experience? Any tips?

Joy: I hope the attendee photographers can learn how to feel more comfortable behind the camera. I also hope that I can give them more confidence so that when they leave the conference they are going to start shooting like a pro! Tips: Enjoy yourself, be confident, and shoot everyday!

Jarmo: From a model’s perspective, what advice can you give photographers on how to become successful when working with models?

Joy: Whenever you are working with a model, make sure to keep it at a professional level. Models want to know that you take them seriously, so try not to hit on the models. Always keep an open mind to what the model has to say; you would be surprised what you can learn. Oh, and don’t be shy either, models like some direction or feedback while shooting. After hard work and perseverance, soon you will have success in your pocket!

Jarmo: Are you able to tell right away if you’re working with an inexperienced photographer? How can you tell? Are there any clues that tip you off or send up a red flag?

Joy: Yes, I can pretty much can tell after meeting them. If they start bragging about the shoots they’ve done in the past it sends up a big red flag. I would rather work with a new, talented photographer who is willing to learn any day! Oh, and an experienced photographer always has a plan together for the shoot before it’s ever started!

Jarmo: How was your One-on-One session experience with Shoot The Centerfold?

Joy: Let’s just say it was a shoot I will never forget!! I had an amazing time shooting with Doug Hill who was being shadowed by one of the best photographers in the business, Jarmo Pohjaniemi, so you know it had to be incredible shoot! Not to mention, getting my hair and make-up done with the incredibly talented Mary Alejo, who also did all the styling; this was a way to guarantee that the pictures were going to come out perfectly! And they did!! I also had a blast shooting, because it was a fun and relaxed environment. This dream team had everything on point. I never had to worry about the lighting, make-up, or camera angles because I knew I was in good hands! Oh, yeah, and one of the best parts was the end result; stunning pictures!

Jarmo: If one or more photographers from our upcoming seminar would like to work with you, would you be interested in providing an after-seminar assignment opportunity?

Joy: Yes, of course! After my first experience shooting a One-on-one with STC, I’m down to work with any new comers who want to widen their horizon!

Jarmo: In your professional opinion, what’s wrong with the modeling and photography industry today?

Joy: I think, despite how corrupt this industry can be, it is starting to change for the better! Recently, I’ve noticed that the industry is promoting healthier-looking girls, and a prime example of this is supermodel Kate Upton. I’ve even heard that in some countries, they are starting to ban retouched photos in some advertisements unless it is stated. This could be good in a way because it can help young girls understand that being a model takes a lot more than just being a pretty face.

Jarmo: What is your New Year’s resolution?

Joy: My New Year’s resolution is to be 100% Organic! I know it’s hard because most restaurants and grocery stores don’t offer organic produce, but I’m still going to try my hardest to stay healthy this upcoming year by only using organic produce. I also want to read more! I always feel like I can never finish a book, so this upcoming year I want focus more on reading in my free time. (:

Jarmo: Do you ever shoot pictures besides blow kisses via iPhone? (Yes, we have been snooping around your FB and Twitter accounts… :) )

Joy: Haha! Yes I sure do!! But who doesn’t like kissy faces? I love blowing kisses! hehe (: But since you mentioned it, I’ll add that on to my New Year’s resolution list; take more diverse selfies! lol BTW, here’s a good question for the STC community: What do you guys want to see me post more of?

Jarmo: Well, let’s not spill all the beans just yet. But we are confident that any image you post will be delicious and sexy. Good things come to those who wait… for the March 22-23, 2014 seminar/workshop, where Joy will show us how it’s done! Are you ready???

If you’re interested in the seminar and meeting Joy, register now. Hurry to take advantage of the early bird pricing. Prices will increase after Dec 31st.

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Metaphysical Photographic Life Way of Seeing

Stephan Pisko, M.mpL. – OMP #25261
http://stephanpisko.com/

The equation for this different way of seeing is: (quandary + psychology + quantum thinking + philosophy + metaphysics + unexplainable = metaphysical photographic life).

The art of not “looking at” but “seeing through” in simple terms you cannot “look at a window” you are bound to “see through it” to the other side, this probably in the simplest of terms, is the best physical description of metaphysical seeing.

There is another element within this equation called a ‘mental discipline’ that greatly assists with this visual transformation depending on the individual’s artistic passion and intensity but for the time being I will leave it under ‘psychology’ because it is personal.

This ‘new age’ metaphysical way of seeing was subliminally transported to me through an osmosis within writing that I could not stop the literary force digging deeper probing past the physical on route to something that I could not explain with words so I went beyond the words and applied that principle to photography going beyond the camera.

My written work over the past (25) years is only a forum and within this opus, there is a covering, when the concealment opens up, it is you’re visualization via self-introspection and the medium of the camera that you come to understand ‘genuine semantics uncovers without cognizance’.

Photography for this inspiring era exceeds this expansive word (photography) and ventures past ‘the object’ the mechanical machine (camera) by which is produced a so called ‘perfect flawless image’. Photography for the new millennium is a ‘spiritually healing realization’ and there is much more that comes into the ‘picture of photography’ than previously visualized.

Photography is a metaphysical extend to the ulterior phenomenon of the fluid transparency this ‘metaphysical photographic life’.

Metaphysical Extend to the Ulterior Phenomenon of the Fluid Transparency - Image #1

Image #1 – “Metaphysical Extend to the Ulterior Phenomenon of the Fluid Transparency”- Within this flowing moment we have a metaphysical extend, a venturing beyond what is apparent, a pond that has turned to ice but we can still see through to the other side within this Fluid Transparency mirroring the tree twig, leaves and pond plants. Ice is solid but you can see through to the other side it exhibits mystical qualities and shapes it’s own shapes. Ice is water that has gone ‘inside it’s fluid body’ but has captured whatever it has last touched subsequently this has formed a clear identity with whatever it embraces, this to me is an outreaching communication that tells the story of the flow and this is where water ‘disports a hidden resolve’ at the precise moment where flowing/ non-flowing intersect where once water was only liquid now it separates to become a solid form this is a ‘transcending transition’.

Mental Discipline Via Self Introspection - Image #2

Image #2 – “Mental Discipline Via Self Introspection” -There is much accent placed upon the peripheral the ‘outside of things’ where truly the ‘archetype is the intrinsic’ if it were as obvious as looking at the extraneous the ‘realm of creativity’ would not collar the affection of where it originally came into existence.

Within this image we have the subject examining self where the creativity resides not the superficial outward environment of the peripheral where the concentration of essentials is non-existent.

Metaphysic Quandary - Smashing the Test Tube - Image #3

Image #3 – “Metaphysic Quandary – Smashing the Test Tube” – The ‘infinity quandary’ the visual equation that initially charts a path to the unknown through a ‘transference of time’. The chemist works with chemicals to produce a ‘reaction’ while the photographic-artist works with fluidity to produce a ‘generation’. The artist deals with ‘imponderable appearances’ while the chemist produces the ‘tangible reaction’ in a glass and the ‘imperceptible phases’ in the mind. The artist is always dealing with a ‘tangible light’ in the mind but when outwardly displayed generates a ‘fluid intangibility’ but since the artist cannot produce creation must stick to a visual ability and adapt to a fluid movement that generates the tactile into a metaphysic as this is the only way an artist can mimic creation by taking form through fluidity then generating this flow into something intangible.

This image displays a ‘smashing of the infinity quandary’ within the fluid intangibility to produce a generation that mimics creation with a myriad of unexplainable appearances.

Science of Seeing Don/'t Look At See Through - Image #4

Image #4 – “Science of Seeing” – Don’t Look At See Through – Metaphysical seeing is an ‘absorbed bearing’ of the individual as he/she perceives perception. The word instinctive surfaces with this particular kind of vista and is accompanied with pensive feeling it is a linking into self-knowledge a ken that belongs to the entire universe at ‘one glance’ the “seeing through” rather than “looking at”.

The subject is “seeing through” with pensive feeling trying to communicate this ‘absorbed bearing’ a knowing that belongs to the entire universe as the backdrop of this perception determined by a natural impulse the “Science of Seeing”.

Spirit Through the Fluid Transparency - Image #5

Image #5 – “Spirit Through the Fluid Transparency” – Within the fluidity is ‘sightlessness’ but through the fluidity is a passage penetrating a vivid verity of one’s self with remarkable serenity but we must experience being within the ‘fluid sightless’ before we can go through the ‘fluidity of insights’. It is ascending over the ‘fence of ourselves’ as we are the only ones who keeps us within these boundaries genuine vision is crystalline with sparkling revelations of self-created enclosures like ego – greed, etc.

This flower image I feel comes the absolute nearest in identifying a ‘metaphysical way of seeing’ as we have the fluidity of form – color – content blending overlapping with the unexplainable it is a ‘momentary flash of the transparency’ that spirit flows through when the physical passes.

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9 Best Tips for How To Work with A Makeup Artist – For Up and Coming Photographers

My name is Natalia Zurawska and I have been a professional makeup/hair/spfx artist for the last 10 years.   I absolutely love my career. I have worked on hundreds of photo shoots and would love to share some of the best tips I have learned over the years, so that every shoot is fun and seamless (no pun intended) and a great experience every time.

When you are starting out, there is much more than good photography that needs consideration. Networking, open communication, building and keeping relationships is essential as well as working as a team.

Here are the best tips:

  1. When you are starting out, creative are essential.  A creative is when a photographer, model, makeup/hair artist and/or wardrobe stylist get together and work for TFP (Time for Prints) – for their portfolio – no pay however this is great for building/keeping relationships as well as practice.
  2. Be open about communication from the get go.  Some photographers charge for prints, just not shooting time.  Be clear if you will be charging for prints, or will be giving a disc or link with the makeup artist, model as well as wardrobe stylist. Discuss any additional expenses at this point as well such as parking costs or additional pieces that need to be bought such as wigs as they are non-refundable because of hygiene reasons and if you will pay, split the cost or if the stylist has any on hand.  Discuss expenses with the wardrobe stylist as well.
  3. Scheduling a photo shoot requires quite a bit of attention to detail. Decide if only one model will be used or more.  If you are using more than one model, stagger the schedule as this way no one is just sitting around.  Some makeup artists just do makeup, some stylists only do hair, and some do both.  Figure out if you prefer to use one artist or two and ask how long it normally takes them depending on looks.
  4. Learn simple beauty terminology.  Just like I know what a ring light is and know how to do appropriate makeup for such lighting, it is equally important to know simple makeup and hair terms.  The majority of photographers are male and knowing the right terminology makes a difference in getting the desired results.

    An example for makeup would be – matte – no shine.

    For hair – tendrils means curls framing the face.

  5. Plan ahead – meet up or discuss by email with the team about what kind of shoot you would like to work on involving photography, makeup/hair looks as well as wardrobe style.  Send a photo of the model as well.   The wardrobe stylist should meet with the model in advance for a fitting to make sure the clothing fits.  If you plan on shooting in Black and White, make sure you let everyone know, since colored items show up differently.  The term “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” rings so true.  Send links by email of images.  Pinterest.com and other social networking sites are also great for this.  Make sure to email everyone – cc location, time to make sure everyone is in the loop.  Let everyone know how many hours you would like the shoot to run as well as how long it will take to get prints, disc or download link.  Try your best to stick to it.
  6. If you are shooting on location, make sure you ask first or get a permit, so the shoot doesn’t get cancelled.  Also, make sure to let everyone know the location so they are able to dress appropriately.  Bringing a heater (if it is cold outside), generator (to plug in hair tools as well as steamer) is important.  The more comfortable everyone is and the easier it is to do the job, the better.
  7. When you are starting out, getting professional models from agencies may prove difficult.  A great way to start is to use social media such as Facebook, as well as great websites such as One Model Place and make sure to relay this information to the wardrobe stylist.
  8. Keeping water bottles on hand and a few munchies (ask about dietary allergies and preferences). Music is also great for creating a fun and pleasant atmosphere.  It may cost a little bit, however it is well worth it.  It is all about building and keeping relationships.  Word of mouth spreads really quickly and the more positive it is, the better it is for gaining great clients.
  9. Having a few key products in the studio can really help save a lot of time as well as money on Photoshop.  Such products include a translucent pressed powder. It is great for preventing shine especially for grooming men.mac_select_sheer
    I really like the ones by M.A.C as well as Elizabeth Arden.
  10. Hairspray is great for smoothing away fly aways.
    My favorite hairspray is the 24-hour fine mist by Tresemme. It smooth’s, holds and can be brushed through easily to re-work into a different style.
  11. Clear nail polish is not just great nails but for stopping a run in pantyhose, applying on fake jewelry to prevent an allergic reaction.
    I love the Multicare Base + Topcoat by Revlon
  12. Having a blow dryer on hand is great for drying out stains as well as using the cool shot button to prevent sweating under hot lights.
  13. I really like the one by Conair.

I hope you have enjoyed my tips. Happy shooting!

For more tips, get Natalia Zurawska’s e-book, “How To Work With a Makeup Artist – For Photographers” on Amazon.

To see Natalia’s work, check out her website at www.colourchameleon.com

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Can shorter people pursue a modeling career?

Pursuing a modeling career is daunting when you don’t have any contacts from the industry, especially if you’re not entirely sure if you’re model material. Women the world over look up to the models they see in magazines, strutting along the catwalks in London, Paris, New York and Milan, and advertising clothing, jewelry and perfumes in televised commercials, and they dream of one day being up there themselves.

Often the dream dies when the girl realizes she does not have ‘the look’ of the most successful models in the business though. I’ll let you in on a little secret: Most models don’t have ‘the look’ in their everyday lives. They have stylists, make-up artists, people from Rush Hair, personal trainers and dietitians on hand to help them maintain their looks. Yes, they tend to be statuesque and slimmer than the average female, but models don’t look perfect all the time. In fact, it’s not the job of a model to look perfect, they’re there to sell the product they are advertising.

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So if you think you’re too short or your face isn’t interesting enough or you don’t believe you are sexy, think again. Firstly, models are confident in what they have; that’s what makes them sexy. Secondly, even models have flaws in their appearance, and there are tech wizards who work behind the scenes and airbrush these flaws out. Even Miranda Kerr’s photographs on the runway get doctored.

If you think you have potential to be a model, then it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks. Pursue it. The most famous and successful models are not the ones who appear the most beautiful or perfect; they are the ones who were ambitious and fearless enough to not take no for an answer. If you’re shorter than the average model, work it to your advantage and find your niche. Believe in your capability to captivate an audience’s attention.

Only you can hold you back from the modeling career you want.

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Traveling Model Brynn Turns Passion Into Full-Time Career

Picture of BrynnBrynn OMP Model #194702 has modeled for over seven years, and got her start in the business right here on OneModelPlace.com. She has been very successful ever since.

“I discovered OMP from a peer of mine that had just found the website as well. She knew that I was looking to get into modeling and thought it would be a great networking tool. Boy, was she right! It’s been six years now and I can’t believe how far it has taken me. OMP has given me the ability to reach photographers outside of my area. I am a full-time traveling model and it puts me right where they are. This site made it possible to quit a retail day job to live my passion, being a working model!”

The Virginia resident developed artistic ambitions at a very early age. “I have always been creative, and as long as I can remember I’ve had a camera. As I got older everyone told me that instead of being behind the camera, I should be in front of it. Since I started adding photos of myself onto OneModelPlace.com, it has just grown from a tiny little hobby to my passion and full-time job.”

She describes herself as a good all-around model. “I love to be silly and have fun, but I’m very dedicated and committed to my craft. I think I’m very lucky because I started out working closely with some very talented photographers, and they helped me grow in every way possible. I also love pushing myself to new heights, finding that one thing I haven’t done yet and blowing it out of the water.”

Brynn starts to prepare for each photo shoot from the first email that she gets from the photographer. “I get all of the details that I can right away; wardrobe, concept, place and time. I often browse through photos to get ideas for how to portray what the photographer would like to create. The night before I make a list of all of the items I will need to bring and since I mostly do my own hair and makeup, I confirm the look with the photographer.”

During shoots, she relates that, “Models have to put themselves in a special world where no one exists except for who they put in it. Modeling isn’t just about poses; it’s about baring a piece of you for everyone to see by expressing different emotions and telling a story.”

For this brunette beauty, the rewards for modeling are much greater than the challenges. “It’s not easy work, and the touring is really rough; sleeping in hotel after hotel, missing holidays and birthdays, long days and early mornings. But honestly I love the constant travel and meeting a wide range of people. Modeling really is my passion. How many people get to live what they love to do everyday?”

Brynn has some insightful advice for models just starting out. “Research! Get references for photographers that you have never worked with before, and if time permits meet with them over coffee first. That will get you both more comfortable for the shoot, and the awkward stage will wear off faster. Also, expect to shoot for trade or TFP or TFCD (time for prints or a CD of images) at the beginning. You can’t charge right off the bat because you don’t quite know exactly what you’re doing yet.”

She also has a constructive suggestion for photographers that will make all models happy. “Models get thirsty and hungry; the day of our shoot we’re normally so busy running around getting ready that we forget to bring snacks. Water and some crackers or pretzels at the shoot is greatly appreciated.”

Brynn’s plans for the near future are to continue traveling full-time for assignments. But this motivated model is also starting business college soon and plans to open her own “green” consulting firm. “My goal as a model is to go as far as I can without regrets. I don’t want to ever look back on my life and say, ‘I wish I would’ve just gone for it.’”

See more images of Brynn on her OMP Portfolio.

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Stock Tips: Hiring OMP Models for Stock Photography

Legacy Images Photography OMP Member #78597 has contributed a series of helpful articles on howOneModelPlace.commembers can get in on the lucrative business of stock photography.

OMP ModelI have used models from OMP for several of my stock photography shoots. I typically give the models one of two options:

1. The option of compensation up front for a signed release (these are paid-for images and I may or may not provide a CD of the shoot to the model, depending on the rate that I pay the models)

2. The option of trading images with them. I will divide the shoot in half and if the model is willing to shoot a specific genre with me (i.e. business images) and sign a model release, then I will shoot the other half of the shoot with whatever images they want for their portfolio. This is a very popular option with models because part of my offer includes a CD of the entire shoot and I offer to edit a selection of images for use in their portfolio.

In conclusion, OMP is an excellent place to hire the talent needed to achieve the great ideas you have for solid stock images. Good luck with your stock photography career!

See more images by Legacy Images Photography on his OMP Portfolio.

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Q & A with Tim Jahns About Elyssa Online Magazine

Tim Jahns OMP Member #4467 is a longtime OneModelPlace.com member from California. He has collaborated with Elyssa OMP Model #18537 for the past several years, and their images together are impressive to say the least. Their early shoots led to a serious collaboration for magazine and book projects featuring professional wardrobe and styling, unique locations, and other elements. The result is the magazine Elyssa: The Model as Muse, which can be previewed and purchased in both print and digital formats at MagCloud.com.


OMP
: What is the process and program used to create the magazine layout?

Tim Jahns

Tim Jahns: My designer, Chris, uses InDesign as the graphics program that fits well with the requirements of Magcloud’s production. I don’t own that software and don’t know how to use it. He created a few cover ideas and some page layouts using images I gave him. He would present me with options for individual pages, two-page spreads and so on. Then I’d suggest modifications in the arrangement of images or text, and it would go back and forth like that until we had something that was powerful in its design.
I wanted to have strong design and variety in the magazine, with verticals and horizontals that could be in different arrangements — framed on the page, or bleeding off one or more edges, or spread across two pages in different ways — and using text in creative ways too. There’s not that much text, but I wanted to have a mix of small type in columns or unique placement as well as large excerpts from the text that have more visual power on the page and comment on the images in some interesting ways. The layout has to serve the images effectively but also have an artistic quality of its own.

OMP: How did you choose the photos and content?

Tim Jahns: That was a big challenge, narrowing down the choices. I tried to select the images I thought were the strongest while also having variety from the straightforward to the artistic or edgy. Many of the images were already in the final mix for the book, but I also thought the magazine could have a different spin to it, so I chose a number of images that might not be in the book. I wanted to show interesting images from the many shoots I’d done with Elyssa, so there weren’t too many shots from one location or look. I also wanted to show different moods and styles. At the same time, I had to keep the length manageable so it was within certain guidelines for the Magcloud production, both the number of pages and the fixed size they require.

For the text, I wanted to keep it pretty limited but still give readers some insight into my thinking about the images. I selected passages from the longer book text I’d written over a period of weeks, something that was still in need of more editing. Then I chose certain passages from that text to highlight in larger type here and there, to emphasize certain ideas about Elyssa and the work.

OMP: How do you plan to market the magazine?

Tim Jahns: Besides selling it through Magcloud, I hope to market the magazine through some online systems like Amazon, plus camera stores and other retail markets.

OMP: How does the MagCloud system work in terms of sales and commissions?

Tim Jahns: Magcloud has a base price, which is the cost of producing the magazine through them — a cost per page. There’s an option to do both a print version and a digital version. The digital is much less expensive. The markup is a decision for the publisher, so I can decide how much profit I want from sales there. They list magazines by category, and in this case I listed it in the Photography section.

OMP: What other advice do you have for models and photographers who want to publish their own magazine?

Tim Jahns: Think of it as a showpiece, something to be proud of and display as a representation of your best work. You can give some magazines out to friends, professional contacts and potential clients as a unique portfolio or promotional piece. Whether you sell a lot of them or not, you still have a nice print production that you can show off.

Read carefully and know all the details of the magazine production before you get too far. The best way to produce a pdf for the Magcloud site to print is using InDesign software, and I think the results can be even better if you have a professional designer create the pdf you will print from.

OMP members are invited to preview Elyssa: The Model as Muse at Magcloud.com
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