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“White Bondage Love”: Shoot Observation & On-Set Interview

13 Min Runtime. FullHD
Robert Coppa is an award winning, internationally working photographer, based out of Canberra, AUS. He is shooting Fashion, Bridal, Advertising, Portraiture, Fitness and Beauty & Glamour. During Dan’s photography travel studies Down Under, Dan had the chance and honor to accompany one of Robert’s exciting shoots in his very own studio. Dan also had some time to chat with Robert about his very own production work.

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Should You Become A Professional Photographer?

Are you cut out to be a professional photographer? Do you have what it takes? And even if the answer is yes, SHOULD you become a professional photographer? In this video, Ed Verosky offers us some opinions and personal insights on the differences between professional and amateur photography.

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SESSION REPLAY: “Private Affairs” feat. Michaela

5 Sets. 5 Films. 95 Min Runtime. FullHD
Shooting Observation. Personal project “Private Affairs”. Dan shoots in his private place a new style of series: Portrait Nudes. Mixing portraiture photography elements with alluring nude photography elements.
This time Dan was collaborating with a model of different shape, height and hair color. Having various subjects in front of your lens is important when you’re exploring the core of a new visual concept. Goal of this personal work was to level up Dan’s aspirational portfolio.

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Outdoor Art Nude Photography with Cam Attree

3 Films. 92 Min Runtime. FullHD
Cam Attree is a well-respected Australian pro photographer, shooting Artistic Nudes, Burlesque, Boudoir, and Vintage Glamour. Cam got internationally published, continuously wins prestigious awards and exhibits. In short: Cam owns his artistry. Dan paid Cam a visit in his Brisbane studio and had the chance to sit down and talk about his understanding on artistic nude photography. This exclusive video interview series is a unique and rare opportunity to get immersed in Cam’s artistic world and his way of thinking.

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Pep Talk With Melisa Mendini – Czech Glam Goddess

1 Film. 37 Min Runtime. HD
Melisa Mendini is a Czech glam goddess. Melisa worked for American Penthouse, Czech Maxim, Tuning Magazine, Mexican Extremo, German Coupe, and Hustler – to name just a few. Her long term shooting experience is what makes her a top pro. Get to experience a relaxed, sincere and openhearted Melisa Mendini in our Model Talk.

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My „Lab“: Setting Up A Micro-Photo-Studio

I just installed a sweet micro-studio at home – it’s my new lab. The space is made for messing around: testing fresh shooting approaches and experimenting with new image looks that are paired with specific light settings, styling and work processes. Get to explore: Why & How, “Suffering” from Limitations, Lighting Gear & Studio Support, Test Shoot Results, and a lot of other impressions…

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On “Uncle Terry” and the “Importance of Not Being an Asshole”

With the #MeToo movement gathering steam, we all have to be cognizant that models could interpret any questionable behavior in the worst possible light. So, it is more important than ever before to “Not be an Asshole.” Keep in mind that, to some extent, “perception is reality”! I wrote down my reflection, insights and recommendations for you. Please read and share your own experiences or thoughts about this hot topic with our community.

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“It Is the Photographer, Not the Camera, That Is the Instrument”*

Today we have more camera choices than ever before. But what makes “better photos” better? Is it megapixels? Sensor size? Advanced programs? Sure. I suppose all those things can help making better photos – depending on your definition of “better.” But the #1 thing missing from the list of things that definitely adds a lot for making better photos is… YOU!

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Invest In Talents! Not Gear.

Dan participated in a Skype interview with the good folks of elixxier Software. Get Dan’s very own insights in effective concept development, why to work with a MUHA, why simple light is the best strategy, Dan’s typical shooting schedule, lighting gear tips, and more.

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Creative Outdoor Nudes: Shoot On The Run

Stephen Wong and Dan Hostettler created a hands-on Docutorial, showcasing their experience on how to shoot lean, quickly, effectively, being versatile, staying on budget, and achieve superb results all at the same time. SWP proudly present some first video insights, concept outline, production BTS and results from 6 sets.

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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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Models Turned Photographers

Probably you have noticed a phenomenon lately: “models turned photographers”. Large photography mainstream sites are pushing this topic to fuel the discussion about the state of photography. Is this news-worthy? Well, important enough for JimmyD to share his thoughts and insights about this topic.

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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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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #3

Week #3 VLOG – Sydney + Canberra! Following: Mike Stacey Outdoor On Location Shoot, Lori Cicchini On Location & Studio Shoot, Robert Coppa Studio Shoot. Including interviews. And having the models Anne Duffy and Flavia aka Smartcookiecookie on sets. Art Nudes, Fashion Nudes, Sexy Nudes.

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Australia. Weekly VLOG. Week #1

Week #1 VLOG – Australia Bound: Prague > Melbourne, Settling in in Melbourne & organizing the last stuff, bound to Tasmania and accompanying an Outdoor Art Nude Workshop, setup and led by Cam Attree, Fine Art Nude Master Photographer.

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The Marketa Belonoha Rose Shoot

Throwback episode featuring Marketa Belonoha and my bad lighting design and lessons learned. The action took place in 2006 and it was approximately the 5th glamNude shoot that I had ever done. Despite all the hurdles and not-so-thrilling glam outcome my team and I had a great time on set and it was worth the investment.

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Clients: A Mutual Love/Hate Relationship

Have you ever had a boss whom you sometimes love and sometimes hate? That’s how it is with me and my clients. I love them. I hate them. I love them. I hate them. I’ll admit I can sometimes be difficult for some bosses (clients) to work with. But I’m simply someone who knows what they’re doing, at least in terms of shooting glam, tease, and nude models, and who expects to be treated as such.

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A Sense Of Confidence: All Turned Out Well.

In 2016, I made a few questionable decisions and some of SWP’s projects took strange directions and heavy detours, to say the least. But all turned out well! What a relief…
For 2017, there are various new exciting formats pending – a few ideas I am revealing in my latest write up for this year. Get a short 2016 review and an insightful 2017 outlook.

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Do Not Micro-Manage Your Photo Models

Recently, a well-established model I know was complaining on Facebook about one of her recent shoots. She wasn’t angry as much as firmly voicing her displeasure with photographers who micro-manage models during their shoots. I know exactly where she’s coming from. As a photographer, I don’t like clients who try to micro-manage my shoots. So, here is my opinion and take on this.

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‘Red Breeze’ Shoot At Home With Speedlights

“Red Breeze” is a creative artistic glamour concept shot with 2 speedlights. Working with unpredictable forms created by a fabric lace and incalculable posing can be seen as both challenging and exciting on set! The concept does not require a pro model but a playful one. The artistic touch is suitable for potential TFP collaborations.

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Pep Talk With Stana – Highly Accomplished Classical Art Nude Model

1 Film. 38 Min Runtime. HD
Let me introduce to you: Stana, the smart-art Goddess! Driven by curiosity, I took up the challenge of delving deeper into the rather hidden working spheres of the art nude genre. I got the opportunity to sit down and winkle out insights with one of the most successful, worldwide published, countless times displayed and highly sought after art nude models that I know.

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Having Faith; Losing Confidence. It Is A Game!

My online adventure went fine for the last three years, things developed very well. At the end of 2015, I felt it was time to faithfully take a flying leap with my online endeavor. I went ahead, got overwhelmed, missed several warning signs until I finally hit rock bottom this summer. The disaster had been looming over my head for some time but I was too busy to take a closer look. Then the day came when I was more than exhausted…

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How To Add Glamour & Boudoir Photography To Your Service Portfolio

Where do I find clients? Before starting your expansion into the field of glamour and boudoir photography (or starting up an entirely new photography business), you need to ask yourself a few fundamental questions. Simply put, draw an outline of “My Ideal Client” in relation to “What Do I Need/Want To Earn”.
It’s about having the right clients; clients that understand our value and will pay our prices… Get tips, tricks, insights and a complete “Marketing Strategy Checklist” from our Australian fellow Gary.

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“Feeling Appealed” – Insanely Flattering Women Portraits

Shallow depth of field, classical B&W finish and immensely intense flattering women glances: That’s the result of “Women Portraits” created by Tobias Glawe. Exploring new frontiers, Tobias decided to work with natural light only.
Follow his thoughts about aesthetics, take a look behind-the-scenes and receive tech data regarding the implementation. Of course illustrated with highly appealing imagery.

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LIVE I: The Big Bet! (Review)

One day, without any particular reason, and out of the blue, I was struck by extreme enthusiasm and pioneer spirit (for B+) which lead to the decision of setting up a live stream photo shoot event. A long journey of tech preparation with lots of troubles along the way had begun.
The live shoot itself went perfectly great – we survived, delivered – and succeeded! Get the full insights here…

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Spray-n-Pray? Quality before Quantity!

How many pics snapped does it take before you enter the overkill realm of the spray-n-pray approach? Resist the digital temptation to spray-n-pray! Instead, make the experience a QUALITY experience, rather than simply a QUANTITY experience. And don’t overwork your model.

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Your “Setside” Manner

In a nutshell, “working well with the girls” means there’s never any on-set drama that’s caused by the actions or the behaviors of you, the photographer. Shooting sets aren’t strip clubs and they’re also not social environments intended to provide you opportunities to “score” with models. Therefor: Be and act professional. Be a Gentleman!

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The Look Maker – Aneta Lozkova, MUHA: Portrait

Sexiness is charm, enchantment, allure, and attraction. Before the implementation of a shoot, a look is comprised of make-up, hair style and outfit. And this is where my fabulous team member Aneta Lozkova comes into play.
Explore Aneta’s creativity and get to see the awesome imagery we’ve created…

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There’s Value in Your Dung Heaps

Some people look at dung heaps and all they see are piles of shit. Some dung heaps, for instance are photo dung heaps. All the images you and I snapped but, when we were later editing them, we realized some of them, possibly many, looked like shit. Bummer, right?
Yes and no.

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Do You Really Need That New Camera?

There’s one type of gear I haven’t added to my bag too often, and that’s new camera bodies. Now don’t get me wrong. I love gear. But I was just happy and content with the camera I owned. Well, until… my camera took a dump…

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Fantasy and Hyper-Reality Via Lighting

I’ve learned a few things about using lighting and more to capture the most important elements of glamour photography. Those elements all revolve around “selling” a model’s personal allure – her sensuality, beauty, and more.
One of the best and most effective visual components for creating fantasy and transcending reality is your lighting.

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Sexy Women Photography. The Journey Continues!

This time Dan continues with his third personal insight in form of an interview.
As Glamour & Nude Photography is a “problem topic”, a no-go for social media, a no-go for gaining acceptance, a no-go for… pretty much everything… – he just continues his journey
with giving even more insights about his career and the oppositions he gets.
Dan never would go for any other job than the one of being a commercial nude photographer 🙂

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

I reveal my personal camera equipment and grip that I use to produce my still images: applied for all my professional assignments as well as my features here on SWP. – Gain insights about all my stuff along with detailed pictures and some personal notes 🙂

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I am Addicted to Light. Luckily!

When the light hides in these winter months, there is no volume, no natural enhancement for the world and the darkness makes not only my personality shift, but my work as well. Light brings forth life—not just for plants but for me as well. For decades I have dreamt of moving south but have only ever managed to move in an eastward direction…

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