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Old 03-20-2003, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought this might be an interesting thread. When I am trying to come up with new settings/ideas for shots.....I think of some of the things I don't want to shoot....sort of rules or DOGMA that I prescribe to in order to force myself to see things anew. I might get lax on some of them if there are special circumstances...something that makes the shot work.

Here are a few of my DOGMA rules....what are yours?

1)Look at "how to" glamour photography books from the 80s and avoid all the mock indoor sets that you see. (Levelor blinds, pool accessories, shiny airconditioning insulation)

2) No Victoria Secret angel wings shots.

3) No flag shots. American, foreign or confederate flag.

4) No southwestern style cowgirl shots.

5) No railroad tracks shots. (Unless there is something interesting about the environment....rainy slick's been done)

6) Stroll by Glamour shots in the mall and study the sets and looks and promise to stay away from them at all costs.

7) Experiment with well as light.

8) No shots of models holding art frames.

9) No shots of models with guns.....automatic or semi-automatic.

10) No models in handcuffs...tied up...shots.

11) No models on toilet shots.

12) No "american beauty" laying in roses shots.

13) No body painting shots.

14) Before heading out to a shoot.......look at portfolio and promise not to just do carbon copy shots of what you have already done. Quit falling back into the same poses that worked before. Try something else.

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Old 03-20-2003, 11:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like your rules...except for the railroad tracks. There's some people I'd like to shoot there after the train has passed over them (lol).

It's really hard to come up with original ideas sometimes. However, when I look at the work of Raymond Kehoe, JT Smith, Rolando Gomez, Andy McFarland and many others on this board they consistently post images that look different, feel different, etc., even when the poses are somewhat similar to their previous work. The images outshine themselves.

I personally like to work animals and other people...or parts of other people...into some of the images and shoot in places that are somewhat unique. Instead of shooting on the RR tracks for instance, go down to the station and get inside the train.

I admire the thought you have given this. It's important for every photographer to either make sure he stays imaginative with his images...or be sure each image has very limited distribution.

Someday, you ought to hand your model the camera and let her shoot YOU for a few hours and see what she comes up with.
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I like a lot of the old style photo ideas. I think its nice to try and use those ideas, but find new ways to express them.

Here is an example.

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... I have to wear the same outfits when the model shoots me?
It's just that I think Thongs make my butt look huge.....

Bruce, who has body issues to work out...
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