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Author: Dan Hostettler

DIY: Making A Flower Wall As Photo Backdrop

The time I started to embrace sexy portraiture more intensively, I also began to explore ideas for different backdrops. One particular concept was to build a beautiful flower wall that can be used in various ways: fresh & frisky or a subtle romantic. Both styles rely on the exact same backdrop but they get polished differently by tweaking lighting design and image looks in post.

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Portrait Nudes: My Definition + Model Test Shoot

Sometimes it is necessary for me to setup a little test shoot, be it to experiment with a new shooting concept or because I’m having a new model on my list. With Nici Dee, I found a new jewel for my list! I selected her to be the talent for my upcoming webinar „Contemporary Portraiture“ but I had to make sure that she is the one I was looking for.

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How To Use Hair To Portray Attractive Visual Stories

Hair is one of the main attractions a subject offers. From a practical, photographic standpoint, (long) hair is a fantastic “accessory” that endlessly helps you with storytelling, forming messages, and supporting moods. Learn how to use hair as a tool. Dan prepared for you his insights, recommendations and sample photos.

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About Creativity. Musing With Hanna, Canadian Art Nude Model

Model Hanna has been strongly impressing me from our very first contact all the way to this day. She will never ever stop stirring up my creative flow. During a photo shoot we had time to sit down and talk about Hanna’s take on creativity and how she gets influenced by emotion and information.

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How I Shot Portrait Nudes With (Cheap) LEDs

After shooting with studio flashes, speedlights and available natural light, I decided to try a new lighting-gear-field: shooting with LEDs. ‘Portrait Nudes’ as a SWP-style concept, a genuine woman in front of the lens, and some spontaneous ideas on the set: That is all it takes to create alluring pieces of work for your aspiring portfolio. Shot with inexpensive lighting gear.

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Low-Key Bodyscapes: 4 Video Tutorials

Michael Zelbel pushed the boundaries once more! He put together his strategy, blueprints and shooting situations in 4 free videos. This is real meat, real free value, meant to be absorbed and replicated by you – on a low cost level in your home!

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #5

Following photographer Rik Williams during a Glam Nude Shoot incl. an on-set interview and a comprehensive talk about Rik´s approach and experience. Sitting down with photographer (+SWP author) Gary Chambers from Lime Imagery talking about the business aspects and marketing strategies for running a portraiture studio, offering cross-genre styles including glamour & boudoir. My personal recap, aftermath and drive for new adventures outside my comfort zone.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #4

Week #4 VLOG – Sydney, Brisbane + Melbourne (again)! Interview with photographer Stephen Wong, following photographer Cam Attree during an Art Nude Shoot (+ interview), got an interview with Art Nude Model Sass Kia and sitting down and talk for almost 2 hours with one of my B&W shooter idols: Photographer Peter Coulson.

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  • Lighting Week with @jenni_czech - Set 4: 2-light setup. 2 shoot-through umbrellas + fill-in reflector. #studiolighting #studiophotography  #behindthescenes #sexymodel #shootbold @iso1200magazine #iso1200magazine
  • Lighting Week with @jenni_czech - Set 3: 1-light setup "Split Lighting". 90 degrees angle shoot-through umbrella + fill-in reflector
 #studiolighting #studiophotography #behindthescenes #sexymodel #shootbold #iso1200magazine @iso1200magazine
  • Lighting Week with @jenni_czech - Set 2: 1-light setup. Only Shoot-through umbrella. #studiolighting #behindthescenes #sexymodel #studiophotography #iso1200magazine @iso1200magazine
  • Lighting Week with @jenni_czech - Set 1: 1-light setup with shoot-through umbrella +fill-in reflector. #studiolighting #behindthescenes #shootbold #sexymodel #studiophotography #iso1200magazine @iso1200magazine
  • Marketa &The Shelf. 3-light beauty setup. #glamourphotography #behindthescenes #onlocationphotography #photographylighting #sexymodel #shootbold #iso1200magazine @iso1200magazine

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