Monday, August 02, 2010

What To Do?

I'm scratching my head trying to imagine new directions I can take this blog. After 600+ updates, my biggest problem whenever I feel I'm due (or over-due) for an update is coming up with ideas to write about.

I'm certainly not saying I've said everything there is to say about pretty girl shooting. Still, after all these updates, plus authoring an ebook, Guerrilla Glamour, it's becoming more and more difficult to come up with subjects for new posts. I certainly don't want to turn this blog into mostly a pimp site for my book, my next book, other ebooks, products, or anything else I might tout on the blog.

I guess I'll turn to all of you and ask what you might be interested in reading about or where you think this blog can go? It can be as shamelessly self-promoting as, "Hey Jimmy! I do pretty good work. Here's my URL. Have a look and, if you like, write something about my site and my work," all the way to technical and craft stuff like lighting, composition, working with models, and more. Or... whatever else you might come up with. I'm open to all kinds of ideas.

Again, it' s not the writing itself that sometimes stymies me, it's WTF to write about!

So help a shootah out! Send any ideas you might have. You can leave them in the comments section, here, on the blog, or shoot me an email at prettygirlshooter@hotmail.com. Either way, it's all good.

The pretty girl at the top is Sophie from not too long ago. All I said was, "Could you lose the top, please?"

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

How about working with brand new models and model direction?
Most of what you post is about using seasoned models.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I'd love to see some behind the scenes commentary from you on some of your shoots. I purchased your recent eBook, and while it's great, I can't help feeling like I'm reading an old school mathematics text book which doesn't walk me through specific examples.

I'd love to see how you actually approach a shoot, your thought process as you decide on a given lighting setup, and the trials and tribulations of working with a particular model. Maybe with some photos of the studio setup, and some discussion on working with a particular model.

John said...

Write about the shoot you're doing (or did yesterday) - what problems it posed, how you addressed them, what you wanted to achieve, what you failed to do, etc. And probably not just the artistic and technical camera-related issues, but also the business issues. I suspect most of your readers are not professionals, and want to know everything possible about what it's like to earn a living photographing (or videographing?) beautiful women.
Good luck keeping up the momentum, Mr. D. I like your writing style; hope you don't burn out on this massive energy sink.

Anonymous said...

Whats great about your Mola Dish, can we see a difference?

Anonymous said...

Love the blog. I'd be interested in some break downs of your thought process before, during and after assignments. You do that some already and I don't think it ever gets boring.

John said...

I don't know if it's worth a whole blog post or not, but here's some work you can critique. jklebphoto.com/prettygirlshooter

BigV said...

I agree with what some of the others have said.

I would like to see more about the process that goes into a shoot. What pre-planning, what you look for at your location and some behind the scenes information.

Aaron Walton said...

Dido, what everyone else said, also I'd love to see more lighting examples, posing, specific setups to enhance and/or deemphasize certain characteristics (good and bad) on "Pretty Girls" would be great!

Thanks for eveything you've done so far as well.

Mark said...

Jimmy, I really enjoy what you have done so far with the blog. Marketing and dealing with clients is an area that would be of interest to me and possibly other readers. Take a look at what I'm doing, any critique from you would be valued.

www.18thandvinestudio.com

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see behind the scene shooting too.

Jim in Huntsville said...

I read your book, and am interested in how you, as a beginner, found models who were willing to let you learn the craft using them as subjects. Every book/blog I've seen on the subject assumes you have a portfolio to show. How do you get started when a) you don't have a portfolio, b) the photography budget doesn't allow for hiring models, and c) as an older man, approaching any younger women to ask if they would like to model comes off as a dirty-old-man, GWC come-on? You asked for it, you got it.

Lou said...

First of all: Like the new layout. Much more modern and less, uh, Blogger-y haha.

So, ideas... Mention of directing new models was made... Howabout as a photog getting into this game, how to actually direct models in the first place? Personally, I feel that's where I'm weakest at. Actually, more like horrible at. haha.