Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I'm Thinking...

Maybe I might put together a workshop or two? And although I probably should have thought harder about doing so while I had my own studio, I still have friends with studios and know some cool locations, and I have access to enough hot models, and I think I know a thing or two about pretty girl shooting, so why not? Did I mention I have access to hot models?

Of course, if I were to put a glamour photography workshop together I'd want to come up with a unique "hook" for it. You know, something that sets it apart from other workshops. And honestly, I'm not sure what that would be.

I did come up with one idea that I call Guerilla Glamour. It would be like guerilla filmmaking but it would apply those kinds of techniques to glamour photography. To me, Guerilla Glamour recognizes that many hobbyists don't have a whole lot of gear--I'm talking lighting and grip gear--and they might be interested in learning how to maximize the gear they do own, even if that gear is as little as a camera and an on-camera strobe. I mean, what good is it if you attend a workshop and capture some great images of some hot models using someone's pro gear only to go back home and not be able to duplicate what you did at the workshop on your home turf?

But then part of me thinks the Guerilla Glamour concept might simply be nothing more than the glamour photography workshop equivalent of Hamburger Helper.

If anyone thinks this all sounds like I'm looking for suggestions and/or advice you're right, I am. So feel free. Email me or use the comments section. I'm all ears... or eyes since I guess I'd be reading your words.

I posted a few more images of Cody from my shoot with her the other day. I figure she's easy enough on the eyes for all of you to endure seeing more of her.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any Time your having a workshop Jimmy let me know!
I will be first to sign up!
Modeler (on G1)

Anonymous said...

Dude, You know I'm there to help!

Señor Cabeza.

Anonymous said...

Dude, you know I'm there to help!

Señor Cabeza

James said...

Hey Jimmy! I'd say leverage your ties in the adult industry and cross over to something like glamourotica. You know, not all out porn but a bit past Hef's line in the sand. Maybe throw a guy in for some softcore stuff on the last day. Like 1980's Penthouse perhaps? I don't know, maybe it's too much and your audience has a hard enough time breaking out for plain nudes. But I think a lot of people would like the extra step and it seems like the typical cast of instructors avoids erotica like the plague. So if there's a lucrative opening, fill it! :) Whatcha think?

jimmyd said...

Hey Jimmy! I'd say leverage your ties in the adult industry and cross over to something like glamourotica. You know, not all out porn but a bit past Hef's line in the sand.

Hmmmm...

Double Hmmmm.....

You might be on to something there.

Glamourotica? or maybe GlamErotica?

Hmmmm....

Anonymous said...

jimmy, on that green screen shot, how far from the background is she posing. Interesting there is no green bleed on the edge of her body.

don't have a suggestions for the workshop other than what you've suggested. guys like me with limited resources could use some instruction like this.

jimmyd said...

jimmy, on that green screen shot, how far from the background is she posing. Interesting there is no green bleed on the edge of her body.

As you already know, if you're going to use the green as a key, bleed can be a big problem. My client for these green BG images does not use it as a key so I don't get too concerned about bleed. For these images, the final artwork has a "Matrix" look to it. By using a green BG, the graphic designer doesn't have to cut the model out of the BG and paste her onto his green Matrix-like backplate. Instead, he merely blends his green backplate with the green seamless.

In these images, she's only about 4' or 5' in front of the green BG. Because of its intended use, I dont light the seamless. If I did, she'd have to be further away from it cuz the green would reflect and bleed and it wouldn't make for a clean chroma key effect.

nevin said...

I think I'd be in for it. Apart from the fact I live 6 thousand miles away. The commute would be a bitch.

Anonymous said...

How entry level are you thinking? I don't know squat about lighting (only shoot in natural light), but would like to learn some basics. I enjoy the blog and the commentary, and while I can look at your lighting set-ups, it's still over my head for the most part. It would be an interesting way to learn. Just don't charge an arm and a leg!

Anonymous said...

That's the last time I openly bitch on G1. Look at what I've started... You ever make it up to this neck of the world let me know. We'll trade "video guerilla" war stories.

Sean

Greg Woolf said...

We've got a guy here in AZ that teaches a 'homegrown' lighting workshop and even put it on DVD... Now he makes a killing on selling the DVD.

(The 'content' you offer beyond the technical details, may get you more buyers as well! ;-) )

Michael said...

I'd freakin' love to attend a lighting workshop you put on. Seriously, I've got the airmiles to get there for free. Let me know if you do this.

Michael
artnudes.blogspot.com

Daren said...

If you are doing a workshop I am in where so I send my money? Will you accept beet or jack Daniels as payment?