Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Congratulations to him for getting the opportunity and making the most of it.
"Few days ago I get in contact with the owner of an international model agency in Shenzhen that has seen one of my pics and she asked me send her some of my most significant photos and a small profile of me to be evaluated. After she received them, she invited me to visit the agency and told me to bring my camera; a couple of days ago I went there thinking we would have a chat and probably few shoots as they wanted to test me.
Ok, when I arrived there I was just impressed: big modern and stylish open space with 4 or 5 guys working on editing photos, a nice a full equipped photo studio (six lights, any kind of light modifier and reflector, electric drop down background, make up area with a big and well furnished wardrobe, etc.) and few closed offices. I was welcomed from the owner and a couple of her assistants in such a professional way, they treated me like I was Steven Meisel just arrived to China! I was told I was going to pass a little test, she wanted to see how professional I was (hey madam, I’m not a pro) and she put at my disposal the entire staff, a model and a MUA and asked me to do a photo shoot with three different changes of clothes, I had to decide everything, make up, clothes, lighting set ups………. PANIC! This entire team of professional people just expecting me to tell them what to do! Then, after the initial panic, something clicked in my mind: “Come on Stefano, they’re giving you everything you always dreamt about, use it!”, I felt like I really was Steven Meisel.
So, I did it. We had almost 4 hours work in between making ready the set (I had a very simple three light set-up easy to modify at each moment), preparing the model and the clothes, shooting and then showing them how I go through my basic editing in Photoshop. Wow, it was just great!!
The greatest thing out of it is that they were impressed about my “professionalism” and I was proposed to start collaborating with them to initially shoot for an underwear catalog, some brochures for a new line of clothes and later on passing to something more important. I was also asked to collaborate with them in editing few pictures for other photographers for some big advertising posters. Oh, and want to pay me!
It was just an amazing day!
This shot is a test shot but I like showing the set up. No editing on it, just a slight tone adjustment and sharpening in Lr."
Focal Length 18 mm (Nikkor 18-200mm)
ISO Speed 100
Strobist: two studio lights 800 (can't recall the name) at 10 and 2 hrs at 3/4 power shot into softbox, one studio light 800 at 4 hrs well above model at 1/2 power shot through big octagonal softbox, triggered with radio trigger, one big silver reflector in front of subject below camera.
Uploaded by deste64 on 5 Aug 10, 9.37AM EDT.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I got a message from a model/TV personality the other day, asking to do a shoot for free. Her statement to me was that I would get exposure, free advertising, etc...
"Ms. X from TV's "XXXXX" is looking for a photographer who would be interested in a TFCD (non-compensatory service). If you are interested please leave a message in the inbox and we can discuss concepts/themes. We are looking for specific images. Your work will be seen on her autograph cards which will give your images credit. This is a great chance to advertise your photography. Also if you are chosen she will have your business card out to display as well as a picture advertising your business. "
I wonder what her reaction would be if the producers of her TV show told her to work for free and it would be great exposure and free advertising. She would probably walk her out of the room. So, if you going to use my photography for a business, why would you not pay for it. Again, people don't value a photographer's worth.
Photographers are not innocent in this matter. A photographer friend of mine put it quiet well:
"it seems to me, it is that willingness among so many photogs to task on work without compensation that is driving the demand for TF (non-compensatory service). Its a vicious cycle. The result is a cheapening of the profession among clients. The Craigslist "no pay" ads are the norm, instead of the exceptions. We photographers (pros, amateurs and hobbyists alike) love to shoot so much that we are willing to be exploited for the opportunity to create work that we are proud of -- whether we get paid for it or not, more than we should. We all have done it. But we all need to be aware of the negative impact it has. All of this know. And you're right, one has to be creative just to make the work at least pay for itself. I still haven't gotten to that point. Oh well. :-)"
Monday, July 19, 2010
By the way, I still shoot with my Nikon D80, its considered old by today's standards.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Eugenio Recuenco: I try to convince reality so it shows on a different way in front of me. I don’t do anything forced; everything happens spontaneously.
Monday, June 21, 2010
MODEL MAYHEM QUOTES THAT CRACK ME UP AND THE SMELL OF COFFEE...:
*I DON'T TF.....ps TF anything is not a term used in the real modeling world....it's called testing and even $5,000 a day models test to keep updating there books and they pay premium test rates.
*I DON'T DO NUDES......i understand if you only do nude based work with high caliber photographers but you look silly saying that as a "PRO" model, when even the top supermodels have shot nudes...keep it real people.
*I BRING AN ESCORT TO ALL SHOOTS.......first of all no one takes other people to work or to their employement...cos they would get fired. If you are unsure of a photographer either check out his reputation or don't risk it... simple as that.
*I AM AGENCY REPRESENTED.......good for you...but over 80% of agency models never clear $30,000 a year...not even considered a working model by industry standards...but why would you be on this site and risk having potential clients undercut your day rate by offering you peanuts on this site when your agency would have got you full rate.
PS...all reputable agencies that i know of have pretty much banned any of their models from this site.
*YOUR 5'5" AND YOU WANT TO SHOOT FASHION OR EDITORIAL......enough said......come on girls ...do you REALLY think that you get to tell the industry what you want to shoot....instead of what your height, weight and looks have already determined?
*I HAVE MANY IDEAS.....lol...call me old fashioned but since when in the history of this business did a 18-23 year old model get paid or put infront of a camera to THINK.....
*I WANT TO BE A REAL WORKING MODEL.....but you live in a town in the middle of nowhere, have a half ass internet book....not even a real folio....never been on real castings.....never shot with an agency approved test photographer and want to stay in your hometown with your high school BF and friends.........as of this new year there are only two real markets left....NYC and MIAMI....LA is no longer a market but a secondary market.....just ask fashion week that permanently left the LA market ....for all you west coast girls that are serious about working it should ring a get the F**K outta dodge bell.
you have to follow the seasons in the different markets
*RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES.......all nice but have no place in this industry......infact this industry is the last place you will find religion, morality, respect or any other feel good social ideas.....its a machine that only cares about one colour....GREEN!!"....and not the type you smoke...lol
and the only rule is the Machiavelli rule "The means to the ends justify the action"....not for you weak hearted out there.
*WORKING FOR FREE IS AN OXYMORON.....shooting for free or even shooting for free and paying your own travel costs is not an oxymoron if the person you are shooting with is either gonna get you a MONEY SHOT....a picture that leads others to hiring you and ends up making you X amount of dollars over the time period it is in your book or they have a name that leads to others working with you that normally wouldn't but since you are riding the coat tails of that photographer they will want to work with you too.
*THIS IS NOT A DATING SITE.......usually the girls......but its funny how they cross that line when they see something they like and then they private message or tag the guy with..." Hot body...let me know if you want to do a couples shoot"......PS.....i wonder where the term" CAREER DATING" came from...hhhmmmm???
*I AM A PRO PHOTOGRAPHER.....though you have only held a camera in your hand twice a week for the last 3 years ....and then you want to charge models ,agency test rates. And because you have found a couple of girls off this site that are with agencies you know claim them as clients too.....keep it real shooters.....it take 20 years just to get into the game.....just ask the 60 year old master photographers.
*PHOTOGRAPHER AND MODEL CREDITS......but for some reason they never match up with the pictures in their ports....if you claim it SHOW it.
*FOR GEORGE FAVIOS..."WE NEED TO SHOOT,I CAN ADD TO YOUR BOOK".....when the model has sublevel images and experience, her/his boyfriend has taken snap shots of them and she/he wants to sell an experienced photographer with a solid body of work and working models in his book to shoot her/him for free .....
*MORE TO COME ....I'M SURE....lol
If these apply to you ....i wish you all the luck in the world and success but feel free to SKIP my page.
For those that are awake and smell the coffee and wanna be realistic welcome......2010 is the BULLSHIT FREE year!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I was asked to work on a donation effort for Haiti started in Atlanta. What a wonderful experience.
The relationship between Atlanta and Haiti post earthquake and what we can do to continue to support the sister city of Port au Prince.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I took these images after I reviewed a blog from Zack Arias and connected with a cool model called Tiffani the Bombshell. Zack is an Atlanta based editorial photographer and his posts blogs about photography have been very helpful to me in my shooting techniques.
"Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and countless other great photographers have rocked the white background for decades. I recently went to a huge bookstore here in Atlanta and counted the number of magazine covers shot with a simple white background like we are going to investigate here. 87 COVERS SHOT ON WHITE OR A VARIATION OF A WHITE BACKGROUND. Eighty-seven magazine covers at one book store. Its everywhere and it is everywhere because it is simple and effective and makes your subjects pop. It beats the bloody hell out of any wrinkled up grey/blue/brown muslin any day of the week. Walk into a Target store this week and look at the in-store signage. How did I learn to shoot like this? Because this is how we shot JC Penney’s catalogue clearance images when I shot for them. Need to add text and other artwork to a photo? A simple white background lets you do so all day long." Posted by Zack Arias
White Seamless Tutorial (chick here to access tutorial)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Here is a good example of simple but very effective lighting by JT.