Thursday, 23 November 2017

Chas Ray Krider On Lighting

Model: Hollis Ireland.

This article was featured in issue #10 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be purchased here.

Chas Ray Krider is a published fetish photographer. He has two books out published by Taschen Publishing: "Motel Fetish" and "Do Not Disturb". You can see more of his wok at or

My lighting is very low tech. The setup is fairly consistent, session to session, image to image. I predominately use continue light sources rather than strobe. I prefer continuous lighting for a creating sense of a believability within my images.

Generally I use a three light set up: a basic interior room lamp with shade, and two hot lights with a 12 inch and 10 inch dish reflectors. The interior lamp may have a 75 watt bulb, with the reflectors having 100 watt quartz floods. The over all exposure is based on the lamp. I dial the expose down until the shade has detail and is not blowing out. The lamp light serves as an overall ambient fill light. The 12 inch is the main light. The 10 inch is used for accent and rim light, aimed at the model from the side or behind, or at the floor in order to separate the model out from the background.


Model: Emily

On the reflectors I use light gauge diffuser, for one, to soften the bare bulb edge, and two, to reduce the light out put until it is in balance with the lamp. Same goes for the 10 inch reflector. I move the main light and accent various distance from the model until each source is in balance. I don’t use a light meter. I can pretty much estimate the balance by eye. Since I shoot digital I can easily and quickly tell when one of the lights is too far out of balance.

Actual placement of each reflector’s height and distance in relation to the model varies. The distance placement is determined by the need to get the light falling on the model to be in balance with the lamp. Light placement if also determined by the quality, angle and where the shadows fall on the model. In most case the 12 inch main is keep low for cinematic drama. The 10 inch is then placed where need for affect.


Model: Mizz Amanda Marie


The camera setting can vary. My whole process of using ambient and low level continuous light is extremely slow. The camera is on a tripod, the ISO maybe 100 to 400. The shutter can range from 1/4 of a second to slower. Aperture at 5.6 to 11, whatever the model can hold. ~ Chas Ray Krider


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Book review: Kinky Nylons - Holly Randall


Goliath Books is a publisher of art and photography books. Founded in 1997, and specializing in publishing daring photography and art books.

Holly Randall is an American erotic photographer. Her clients include adult magazines such as Hustler, Club, High Society, Australian Penthouse, and many others.

Goliath's release "Kinky Nylons" by Holly Randall is a classy hardcover collection of more than 400 images in a book of 272 pages. The dimensions of the book are 6 x 8.5 inches.

The book features Mosh on its cover wearing fully fashioned stockings. After a short introduction and 12 pages of Mosh at the beginning of the book, the rest of the book features models such as Kayla Jane Danger, Nicotine, Liz Ashley, Carlotta Champagne, and others. Each model has about a 6-12 page pictorial.


Model: Emma Mae

The models in the book mainly wear nylons: stockings, crotchless pantyhose, lacy leggings. There are a few sets where the model is wearing boots or above the knee socks. The focus is on legs and derrières. The models wear various lingerie outfits, girdles, garters and high heels with their nylons. The models are often wearing various necklaces or pearls. The book has a fair mixture of blond-haired, dark-haired, and red-haired models.  

Model: Giselle Monet aka Alexa

Holly Randall is the daughter of Suze Randall. She was 20 years old and a student at Brooks Institute of Photography when her mother asked her to help her run her web site Holly returned home and began shooting for and by 2005 her work had graced the covers of every major American adult magazine. Holly launched her own production company, Holly Randall Productions, in 2008 and her own membership site: There is an adult theme to the photos with nudity in all the photo sets.


Model: Kiara Diane

The settings of the photos are rooms with hardwood or tile floors, wooden doors, brick walls, and elegant kitchens. When not standing, the models pose while sitting or lounging on sofas, intricately designed carpets, chairs, and staircases. Randall is a master of lighting and has hosted lighting seminars and workshops at Glamourcon. In some photos her lighting setups are reminiscent of Playboy Magazine-style lighting (Randall has shot for Playboy too). There is lots of hair and rim lighting. The hair and make-up is done very professionally. 

My favorite photo set in the book features model: Nicotine (pages 248-256). The book closes with a 3D image bonus (you will need anaglyph 3D glasses). If you are a lover of pretty girls wearing nylons photographed by a great photographer, this will be a great book to add to your collection.


Publisher: GOLIATH -

ISBN: 978-3936709506

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Tatiana Gerusova Interview

Model: Gia Genevieve


Tatiana Gerusova originally came from Russia, where she studied music and art for over 4 years. Her photography is inspired by all the art, music and culture she experienced.

Now based in Los Angeles, Tatiana constantly works with models, stylists, actors, model agencies, magazines.

Her fashion editorials and portrait photography have been published in many print and online magazines, including being featured on VOGUE Italia's website. Her work has been exhibited in galleries; the latest show was held by Gallerie Noir in Dallas TX.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in photography?

Tatiana Gerusova: I shot a squirrel and I liked it! Ha! That's on top of having interest (especially in black white) photography since my childhood when I used to help my dad develop his work. I shot my first professional model (lovely Nettie Harris) in January 2012 and I really loved the experience.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most important aspect of a composition to you?

Tatiana Gerusova: When it's interesting and appealing to the eye even when the rules might be broken, the composition is nicely achieved to me.


Model: Jolee Blon'

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Tatiana Gerusova: I don't really use much. I like natural light and try to use just my camera and reflectors. However, I secretly love strobes.

Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite lens (or focal length) for portraits?

Tatiana Gerusova: I am currently enjoying my Nikon 24-85 mm f/3.5-4.5G.


Model: Lauren WK


Sinical Magazine: Do you work with strobes or continuous lighting?

Tatiana Gerusova: Switching to strobes.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a favorite lighting setup?

Tatiana Gerusova: Not really. I am still learning so much. I love playing around with things.



Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers that have inspired your work?

Tatiana Gerusova: Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, Ruven Afanador, Herb Ritts.

Sinical Magazine: What other artists have inspired your work?

Tatiana Gerusova: Salvador Dali, Coco Chanel.


Model: Amanda Jones


Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer to shoot inside a studio or on location?

Tatiana Gerusova: Definitely location; adds a story.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite outdoor locations to shoot at?

Tatiana Gerusova: A ranch with a lake. Something not too industrial. I love nature.

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Tatiana Gerusova: I am working on a book and a short film.

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Pro Tone Pedals - Purveyors of euphonious mayhem.


Dennis Mollan is the founder of Pro Tone Pedals.


Sinical Magazine: What bands did you listen to when growing up, Dennis?

Dennis Mollan: Oh man... I went through so many stages with music growing up- as a young kid my folks were into the AM Gold of the 70s. Watch Reservior Dogs for a better understanding.

From there my cousin Tommy introduced me to KISS. A couple of summers later he played Black Flag for me- I couldnt have been more than 10- fuck that was it for me! The combination of cocksmanship of KISS and the pure rage of Rollins. This was '82 or so. Around that time New Wave was coming in and taking over the air waves- and the synth sounds appealed to me, too. I really liked the way that acts like Gary Newman, The Cure, Devo, Killing Joke and Ministry were bringing the things together that I grew up on- showmanship, attitude, with great songs. What was more impactful was that these guys demanded that us listeners not be a passive consumer of their product- but that we actively participate in their revolution.

Sinical Magazine: When did you get started with Pro Tone Pedals?

Dennis Mollan: I launched Pro Tone in May of 2004.



Sinical Magazine: Where is Pro Tone Pedals based out of?

Dennis Mollan: We were based out of Dallas TX for the 1st few years, but 2 years ago I moved operations to Charleston, South Carolina.

Sinical Magazine: What makes your pedals unique from other pedal makers?

Dennis Mollan: Aside from the overall look of our product- which was utterly unheard of in our industry before we came along... I think the primary difference would be that we want to move people and their music forward- rather than help players recreate the tired tones of our fathers’ heroes. Our users aren’t trying to sound like Hendrix or Clapton... they want their own voice- one that is unique and modern.



Sinical Magazine: What are some of your top selling items?

Dennis Mollan: Hands down- the Raven Dirty Chorus- designed for Paul Raven of Killing Joke, Ministry & Prong. We worked with Paul to recreate his tone from early Killing Joke albums, while maintaining a modern edge… seems modern gear was lacking some of the soul his vintage equipment had.

Sinical Magazine: Who does the artwork and graphics for your pedals?

Dennis Mollan: Our primary artist is Sam Shearon, also known as Mister Sam. Sam is a Leeds of London graduate and specializes in "Dark Art". Check his website out:



Sinical Magazine: Who are some famous guitarists/bands that have used your pedals?

Dennis Mollan: Oh man... we've worked with some amazing people- Ozzy, Deftones, Alice In Chains, Ministry, Prong, Fear Factory, Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds To Mars, Periphery... so so many.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think of the current state of rock and metal music?

Dennis Mollan: Some days I’m optimistic, some days I think it’s in the shitter. Luckily the internet has made it possible for so many more bands to be heard. Kids no longer have to rely on college radio, or 3rd, 4th, and 5th gen copies of underground music. Its out there- BandCamp, SoundCloud, ReverbNation all you have to do is go looking. Yeah 95% of it will suck, but you’ll find the gems if you keep searching.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any exciting products coming up this year?

Dennis Mollan: In '13 we've completely re-branded the company. New logo... new art... new pedals... new players.


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