New round of tutorials – what would you like to see?

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  • #26496

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    We’ve started shooting our latest round of tutorial videos for bondage and fetish photography and we were wondering if there were any specific aspects people would like to see?

    I’ve got one on choice of focal lengths coming up, as when we run tutorials I see people doing the “zoom lens shuffle”- as the shoot goes on, they progressively shuffle closer to the model, using the zoom on their lens to compensate, until they are standing almost on top of her and zoomed right out. This rarely gives a flattering perspective, and I’ll show you why in the tutorial.

    Ariel’s got a few more a bit more from the model and rigger’s perspective… but is there anything specific we could cover that you would find helpful either for getting started or for polishing up your skills and getting better results?

    Cheers, Hywel

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    #26497

    Sablesword
    Participant

    My requests

    1. Post-processing work flow: What you typically do to get a RE set ready to post.

    2. F-stops/apertures: How you choose them and why. (My “technique” currently is “stick to f/8” on a crop-sensor body.) Or perhaps it can be “subject isolation – how to do it, when to use it, and when not to use it.”

    3. Lighting: Multiple lights, lighting ratios, and how to deal with spaces that are a pig to light.

    #26498

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    Thanks, Sablesword!

    All great suggestions!

    We’ll definitely shoot 1) and 2) soon, and maybe 3) next time we go on location (it’s kinda hard for me to explain my thought process for tricky spaces when shooting at home in spaces I know pretty well).

    Cheers, Hywel

    #26499

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    Busby Wilder just suggested a colour-grading for video tutorial too.

    It’s the same process as still post production but the tools are rather different, but I’m not sure what proportion of people are shooting stills vs. video?

    Cheers, Hywel

    #26504

    Sablesword
    Participant

    I use a zoom lens, and I shuffle around, but I suspect that if I shot in a regular studio with lots of room (or outdoors with lots of room) I’d do the opposite: I’d tend to move away, zooming in to compensate, until I was standing well back and bumping up against my zoom’s maximum focal length.

    When I do get close, it’s to take shots from above. I’ll stand on a chair or something, and take photos of the model sitting or lying on the floor. The distance will be 8-9 feet, because I’m not shooting straight down, and the perspective distortion will be “could be better, could be worse.”

    #26505

    tfandrew
    Participant

    Lighting also interests me. I would like to add to previous ideas:-

    (a) Combining natural and artificial light; and

    (b) Use of reflectors with natural light.

    To provide background to (b), my wife and I went on a photographic holiday to Spain this year where the other photographers made much use of reflectors as supplementary light, especially for the model’s face. Sometimes this worked very well but quite often it either left the model looking flat and washed out or separated her from the background (or both). Are there simple tips to stop this happening?

    I should add that if will help if you can talk about the size of reflector most of us can carry around. I know from previous “behind the scenes” sets that you have huge ones.

    Andrew

    #26507

    Hywel
    Keymaster

    HI Andrew,

    Great ideas! I may have to wait to Spring to shoot them, especially the reflectors one… there’s not enough natural light around to shake a stick at at the moment. I often combine natural light with artificial light around sunset though and if we get a clear day on one of our forthcoming shoots, or Ariel is home and there’s nice sunlight streaming in, I’ll try to shoot it then.

    I’ll post some thoughts on reflectors on a separate thread.

    Cheers, Hywel

    #26935

    tfandrew
    Participant

    May I use this thread to thank you not only for the video tutorial but for the added information on lighting and other technical aspects in recent photosets. I am currently catching up on RE after a trip to the USA and have just seen “City Socialite” (New on June 1). Although my lighting expertise does not yet run to trying an effect like the one created, I think I now understand enough to follow what Hywel is talking about enough that very much helps grow general knowledge.

    I can’t help adding that I was fascinated to know Hywel has the 85mm f1.4 Sony lens. Sony showed me it at the Photography Show. 🙂 They also told me the price. 🙁

    Incidentally, I did like “City Socialite” very much. I was interested in the later shots using the light on the balcony – although I think they were better when you were able to get the rather ugly metal panel out of focus.

    Many thanks again.

    Andrew

    #27019

    tfandrew
    Participant

    I know I’m getting even further off the original subject of this thread but I would like to offer a big “thank you” for the lighting information in “The Kidnapping Business” (18th July). It is a beautifully lit and photographed set of a beautiful model.

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