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Old 12-15-2005, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think it's fairly common knowledge here, on GG, that i make a significant part of my living shooting adult-- video as well as photography. people here sometimes ask what's with all the glamour photography? i suppose they think of adult stuff strictly in terms of the lower ends of the porn biz or the internet or have a stereotypical image of what goes into the marketing of adult products.

for a while now, there's been a growing trend in adult to produce glamour images for DVD artwork and other applications. This has nothing to do with pornographers becoming squeemish about the content of their products but has everything to do with changes in the marketplace and how these products are marketed.

for instance, in europe, a great number of adult DVD's are sold in vending machines in public places, e.g., train stations, bus stops, etc. since this stuff is in public view, the artwork tends to be less daring (in terms of skin and posing) than what you'll find in many high-end euro fashion rags. here, in the U.S., adult DVDs are now available in places like Frye's. and these DVD's are not necessarilly stocked in some private, backroom where only pervs in oversized raincoats are permitted to go. hence, the soft, glamour images on the artwork. what's inside the DVD, btw, is still raunch and smut. but the trend is to package it with images not much more daring than what you'll find in many fashion or glamour magazines. you see, that's the only way companies like Frye's will take and stock this kind of product. it's all about the money, honey!

i should also mention that the bar has been raised for these images because so many of them end up in magazines that don't include hard-core imagery. my work is often and regularly published world-wide and many of the rags it is in are not just low-end smutzines.

i'm often amused when i read comments made on this forum that seem to say Playboy only dines at the higher-ends of the (so-called) morality food chain. if you think so, you're naievely mistaken. playboy is in the porn business and they are in it up to their ears. yeah, the fouding magazine maintains editorial control that precludes raunchy smut, but that's about it. and just so ya know, here's some other mega-corporations (ones who dwarf playboy, btw) who are also in the porn biz in a big way: time-warner, att, viacom, hilton, marriot, and so many more.

and because these high-profile corporations are huge purveyors of smut is yet another reason the photographic bar has been raised for the imagery that markets it.

just thought i'd clue some people in.

here's an image of pornstar missy monroe used for DVD artwork... wow. it's really raunchy and pornographic, huh?

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Old 12-15-2005, 04:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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here's an image of pornstar missy monroe used for DVD artwork... wow. it's really raunchy and pornographic, huh?



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Old 12-15-2005, 04:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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While you're at it Jimmy, don't forget that BP, Exxon, and Mobile 1 are in the porn biz, too. They sell it in their stores the same way that Hilton offers it in the rooms.

There are always going to be those people that equate morality with what level of skin they show. As long as you've been in the business you should already know this. You should also know that know matter how hard you try, you're not going to change their minds.
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Old 12-15-2005, 07:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Jimmy,
I like the shot enough that I'm trying to reverse-engineer the setup. The only thing I can't decide is how many green lights you have. Is there one green light providing the rimlight on the left and another green light on the background or is one light doing both?

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Old 12-15-2005, 08:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the BG itself is a green seamless. it's chroma-key green, but i modified the amount of light falling on it. there's a strip box camera left that has a green gel.
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Old 12-16-2005, 12:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What a well written article. Keep up the good work. Any insight into the movie and photography business can't hurt.
 
 
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Wow! I just had almost the exact same conversation last night with of all people my Mom. She is 77 years old. I told her that I was shooting a private client on a motorcycle that would be dressed in a short leather jacket and nothing else. The client is going to give the photographs to her boyfriend as a gift. Well, Mom hit the ceiling telling me I was doing porn. I then explained to her almost exactly what you said. That still didn't change her mind. So she now thinks I'm doing porn. Go figure.

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Old 12-16-2005, 09:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Hey Jimmy, you ever shoot with a Z-1? Any hints about using one?
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Old 12-16-2005, 10:52 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i have a ZU1. great camera. its light and well-balanced and the flip-out color LCD on top of the cam is cool change from teh miniDV cams. controls take a little getting used to especially if you've been shooting for a long time with a vx2000, 2100, or PD150. watch the highlights but definitely light film-style for contrast cuz it looks great. i've been shooting everything with it in 16x9 aspect and in HD. (even tho for a lot of stuff we end up down-converting to DV for post cuz the product only ends up on DVD.) i love it!
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As the market for adult videos has changed, so has the marketing. However, the corporate purveyors of the adult genre have a vested interest in (somewhat) maintaining its "lurid" status and appeal, as that helps to maintain the higher costs associated with purchasing the product.

always enjoy seeing your GG work.
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