Tuesday, 03 May 2016

Sinical Summer 2013 Cover

Photo by Eric Razo.

Sinical #10 (Coming: July 1st).

Featuring: legendary fetish model and performer: EmilyMarilyn (Skin Two, Marquis, Secret, Bizarre), Monochrome Set Photography, Therése Rosier, Chas Ray Krider, Hollis Ireland, Crystal Pieper, Isabel Perez, Kristen Eve, Pretty and Inked, Scott Tauser.


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Gear review: LumiQuest Softbox III

1/125 @ f/2.8 @ 100 ISO - 50mm

Model: Crystal Piper

The LumiQuest III Softbox is a flash-mountable softbox. The front of the softbox is 8x9 inches and it folds flat so it can easily fit in most bags. The softbox III is made out of vinyl and attaches to your speedlight with velcro straps or to a speed strap.

After several photo shoots with this light modifier, I've found I like using it best off camera with a sync cord attached to my flash so I can utilize TTL. I will hold the flash with softbox in my left hand and the camera in my right hand. I use a CTO gel to warm up the light. This softbox is best at close range - about 2.5 feet away from your subject. 

In a recent shoot with Crystal Pieper I had her face away from the sun, so the harsh sun was the backlight. The softbox was held to the left of the camera just slightly above her head at a 45 degree angle. The softbox produced nice, soft light.

The softbox is not very useful for full length shots. For that I would use a shoot through umbrella. The Softbox III is best suited for close-up portrait work. The Softbox III retails for under $40. I've been using it a lot, so it was worth the purchase. If you need a portable light modifier, I recommend picking this up. ~ Danny Stygion

1/125 @ f/2.8 @ 100 ISO - 50mm

Shoot through umbrella (left), reflector/diffuser (right)


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Gear Review: Hoodman HoodEYE eyecup


I just got this camera accessory called the Hoodman HoodEYE. The Hoodman HoodEYE is designed for people who wear eyeglasses. It helps you get your eye close to the viewfinder without scratching your lenses and it helps keep out ambient light.

The rotating eyecup slides over your eyepiece mounting rails. The eyecup is made out of silicon rubber and completely covers your eye and DOES keep out light. The large eyecup also covers part of your LCD screen. You must tilt your camera slightly downwards to see the full screen, which is a minor nuisance.

I recommend this eyecup for bespectacled photographers. Check out the official Hoodman HoodEYE page here.


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Model Pay by Hollis Ireland


Photos by Creyr Glas Lightworks.


Despite the overwhelming amount of women who are comfortable disrobing for a camera, I still believe that shooting the female form should be considered a privilege, not a right. Therefore, I think a model should (almost) always charge a fee, no matter how small, when shooting artistic, glamour, or Playboy-level nudes, and she should always charge a fee when shooting erotic or Hustler-style content. I think nude trade should only be pursued with extremely talented, well-known photographers (and although the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, working with a big-name photographer can help boost a model’s brand). If a new model wishes to build a portfolio of nudes, or any type of high-quality photo work for that matter, she should consider paying a highly-skilled photographer instead of shooting trade with an often unworthy-but-willing amateur.  



With the above exception of portfolio-building or worthwhile trade with a professional, I don’t think a model should accept unpaid gigs regardless of how much she enjoys her craft. Can you imagine how many individuals would be out of a job if every profession adopted that attitude? When a model chooses to consistently work for free, she does a disservice to herself and to every single female trying to make a living creating nude images. On top of devaluing her talent, beauty, and professional behavior, she is also making it that much harder for every other model to find photographers willing to pay for the privilege of shooting her. Even if a woman only models part-time and doesn’t charge an industry-standard rate, it still enforces the idea that she deserves compensation in trade for sharing her nude form.  



When shooting erotic work, I don’t think any exceptions should be made unless the model owns and runs a website or other sort of business venture, and will be able to profit from the images in the future. There is nothing wrong with a woman who is comfortable being photographed in sensual, erotic, or downright sexual situations as long as she is being treated like a business person. Too many photographers seem to believe that if a woman enjoys showing off her curves, it is his right to see her more private parts (and potentially photograph them in detail). This is an attitude that can only be made right by models denying a client this type of content without proper payment. In the case of erotic work, rate discounts or negotiations should not be taken as far. If a man cannot pay a decent rate, then he should not be allowed to photograph a woman in such an intimate situation. Even with the prevalence of pornography, which in itself is far from being inherently wrong, more models need to take control of how men value their contribution to the niche.  


~ Hollis Ireland


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