Well I’m going to admit defeat. Finding suitable talent is nigh near impossible and I just can’t be arsed to keep trying. Because I’ve nothing better to do this website will drift on in some sort of erratic fashion depending on what I stumble across while pruning the archives but fresh faced newbies will be absent. C’est la vie.
My photography has ground to a halt. Too hot, bad back, no money and most importantly no models. I’m thinking of posting a pointless sarcastic casting call to see if I have more success than with the more sensible informative ones I normally dish out. The problem with this is going to be not only letting down gently the totally unsuitable models but answering all the awkward questions I’m bound to get.
A month or so back I had the opportunity to try out some new on camera fill-in flash settings both outdoors and indoors. I’m not sure if they worked out better than previous attempts but 2 obvious failings plague me whatever set-up I use. The first is positioning the model to prevent her from squinting in the bright sunlight. I usually end up moving into the shade which can then negate the need for fill-in flash which defeats the object of the exercise I suppose. The second problem is how to avoid the harsh shadows when working with on camera flash indoors. I’ve found getting the balance between ambient light and fill-in flash far more miss than hit. I really should spend more time on this but I lack the patience.
Wouldn’t you just know it. Whilst transferring data to the new NAS I’ve had a few of the old hard disk drives fail, the ones with interesting stuff on like many of my home movies. Typically all the boring data is safe along thankfully with my photos which I’ve always held at least 3 copies of. I kept telling myself that the movie archives should be duplicated but I never got around to doing it. One never learns.
Stilettos appear to make legs look better in photos but they can cause problems. I had one model fall down the stairs in them! Scared the shit out of me but thankfully she wasn’t hurt. Nowadays I ask models to put their heels on at the bottom of the stairs just in case they are not used to wearing them. Better safe than sorry methinks. On the other hand I know models who wouldn’t be seen dead out of high heels. I think they even wear them in bed!