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I am far from a master photographer, but after shooting for over 10 years I have learned some dos and dont's when it comes to alternative, pinup, and fetish photography. I had to shoot a lot of garbage before I knew what worked for me. And from editing Sinical Magazine (since late 2010) I know what I don't want to see in a photography magazine. I am guilty of some of the things that I have listed below.
Photo by George Hurrell
Some things YOU SHOULD NOT DO if you're a PHOTOGRAPHER:
1. If your camera has built-in flash, don't use it! Your built-in flash may come in handy at weddings, but not when you are doing a fashion shoot. The whitish xenon light makes your subjects look like ghosts. An external remote speedlight is different.
2. Don't shoot your models sitting on a toilet. Bleak-chic photographers liked to shoot their strung out models sitting on toilets or lying around in a bathroom in the 1990's to show how grungy they were. This may have been an artistic statement back then, but this was never sexy or cool.
3. Don't shoot your models holding guns or ninja weapons. This doesn't make them look dangerous, it makes them look cheesy.
Some things YOU SHOULD NOT DO if you're a MODEL and submitting to a publication:
1. Don't submit pinup photos of yourself playing with ground beef and a meat grinder in a sexy manner. This is not sexy, this is gross. And yes, someone actually submitted a photo set like this to us.
2. Don't submit photos of yourself holding a phone camera while shooting yourself.
3. No webcam pictures.
4. No duckface or blue steel.
Duckface definition -
A facial expression utilized by girls in which they push their lips outward and upward to give the appearance of large, pouty lips, but in reality giving them the appearance of a duck.
Blue Steel pose:
Ben Stiller, Zoolander
Some things YOU SHOULD DO if you're a MODEL:
1. Work with a makeup and hair stylist. They can make a huge differance.
2. Develop a wardrobe of great clothes and accessories that you can add to a shoot.
3. Practice posing in the mirror and learn your best angles and facial expressions. One of the best models I ever worked with was Hollis Ireland. She was great at changing her poses and expressions without much direction.
Some things YOU SHOULD DO if you're a PHOTOGRAPHER:
1. If you start with a great location and backdrop it is so much easier to build around it. Unless you are a photoshop master and you can create other worlds, don't shoot your model against a plain white wall. Search for a good location.
2. Props are important. Some of my favorite props are cigarettes, hand fans, masks, etc. It adds an extra dimension to the photo and it gives the model something to work with.
3. Some people are purists, but I think you should at least know the basics of photo re-touching. Don't overdo it and turn your model into an alien from all the airbrushing and blemish fixing. Subtlety is the key.
4. You should have a plan and a shot list. Spontaneity is great, but you should have a basic idea of what you're trying to accomplish.
5. Study lighting and the old masters. There is a lot of competition out there in the alternative and pinup photography industry. I prefer to study the works of old masters, such as George Hurrell and Jeanloup Sieff, among others.
6. Personally, I like odd angled shots. When I first started I did a lot of horizontal portrait shots, until I discovered the work of Israel Colon. He is a master of angles.
7. Take lots and lots of photos, but only show the world your best.
Photo by George Hurrell
Photo by Jeanloup Sieff
In closing, never stop learning new techniques and learn from the mistakes of others. Don't be intimidated by the work of other photographers or their criticism. Develop your own personal style.
~ Danny Stygion
What are your Dos and Dont's? Comment below!
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The final "The Dark Knight Rises" trailer debuts in front of "The Avengers" this Friday, but in the meantime the trailer has already hit the web. This final trailer sets a very dark and bleak mood. Will this be Batman's last tale on the silver screen?
"The Dark Knight Rises" is set for a June 20th release date.
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Sam Raimi is reportedly planning on producing a remake of the '80's horror classic "Poltergeist" for MGM. Steven Spielberg produced the original 1982 movie with Tobe Hooper directing.
In the original, the story focused on a family whose house was built on a holy site and whose daughter is taken by malevolent ghosts. David Lindsay-Abaire is working on the script for the remake.
The "Poltergeist" franchise is believed by some to be cursed due to the premature deaths of several people associated with the films, such as Heather O'Rourke who played Carol Anne in the original film, and passed away at the age of 12.
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