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New Model! Test Shoot with Browyn.

A week or two ago I announced I was accepting applications for a free test shoot.  Dozens responded and so far one was chosen. Meet Browyn.

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Test with Jillian

On a random afternoon we took advantage of some natural window light, along with my new favorite toy -  the fog machine.

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Overexposed?

You've heard it before and you'll hear it again, photography 'know it alls' telling you your photo would be great, if it wasn't overexposed. Well... congratulations Ansel Adams the Third, it is overexposed. Have you ever sat in the ocean, waiting for that next great wave with the blazing sun glimmering atop the cresting foam, shooting pincers of blinding light into your eyes as you busily scan the natural beauty of the beach; all while bright bikinis are begging to distract you from your quest? At that moment do you ever think to yourself... wow, this scene is perfect... too bad the sun is obliterating...

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2nd Test Shoot | Deanna May

The serenely beautiful Deeana May was a pleasure to shoot.  She lives in California but I was lucky enough to catch up with her on her trip to Utah.  I can't thank her, and her husband, enough for taking time out of a busy trip for a shoot!

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2nd Test Shoot | Deanna May

The serenely beautiful Deeana May was a pleasure to shoot.  She lives in California but I was lucky enough to catch up with her on her trip to Utah.  I can't thank her, and her husband, enough for taking time out of a busy trip for a shoot!

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Do you know what I mean?

Sometimes I cringe when I refer to my photos as art. I realize the simplicity of photographing the most photographed subject on the planet, beautiful girls, is a bit of a slap in the face to the artists I think really changed the world.  Picasso's Guernica, Michaelangelo's David or one of Van Gogh's many intense self-portraits - just to name a handful. Those are the true great artists... I totally get that.  That being said.... I am trying to say something with the images I create.  It's an undercurrent of thought lost on most, I think.  It's so easy to get swallowed up in the over-saturation...

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Look Ma No Photoshop: Revealed!

The answers to the questions posed in a previous post, titled Look Ma, no Photoshop! First off, congratulations to Simon who was the first one to accurately describe all three techniques.  Others (like Nick) were very close and even others should win for sheer creativity (like Carlie from Hogwarts). Shot 1 2.0 sec at f / 3.5, ISO 200 The idea behind this effect is two-fold. The blur/movement effect and the crazy color combine to create an effect that looks mildly ethereal. The movement is obvious, the long shutter speed combined with a front-curtain flash. Front curtain flash (usually a default...

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New website for a new era!

March 2, 2001 Almost ten years ago I launched new.jakegarn.com. The WayBackMachine has been archiving the web, silently, like the biggest creep in the world for well over a decade now.  You can actually view my first website here... though it looks like the top left logo got screwed up... other than that it is exactly what the front page looked like on March 2nd, 2001. Back then a photographer's website was all about the galleries.  It was an era without Flckr, without facebook... and because of that your own website was really the only place to showcase your images.  Every photographer...

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Look Ma, No Photoshop!

This blog post is my homage to a photographic era of yester-year, the days before anyone had even heard of a little program called Adobe Photoshop, back when making a digital scan of your photo meant purchasing THOUSANDS of dollars in special equipment.  This didn't mean people didn't do crazily creative things to their images, Man Ray was creating images like his one titled "Kitty" over 60 years ago. Photo by Man Ray circa mid-1900s.  Think about doing this one without photoshop. Obviously special effects for the sake of the effect don't make the images better, but in the world of creative...

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Elinchrom Beauty Dish vs. Deep Octa

Great lighting is all about the modifiers.  Whether it is the clouds that filter harsh sunlight or the light shaping tools that attach to the front of your strobes - the way you control the light can have subtle (or extreme) differences on your subject. I photographed three models using all the same equipment - changing only the light modifier attached to the front of my Elinchrom 300RX Monolight. The Beauty Dish is a staple, and a favorite, for many photographers, especially those specializing in commercial beauty shots. The Elinchrom Deep Octa is often warmly compared to the Beauty Dish...

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