December 18, 2010

December 15, 2010

20's Maffia

Made to be!

While shooting with Deathbird last time, we did several shoots in once.
So you may expect some more photos from her. It's nice to work together that way.
Next year i'm planning some more shoots with several models, but now i will take a short holiday break to give myself new strenght so i can start fresh in the new year.
I wish you all some very nice holidays and see you back in 2011! :-)

December 11, 2010

Some make-up advice

Some tips

Just wondering, have you ever heard of make-up artists ? yes? But I must say it’s not the same as a Visagiste.  A make-up artist is an artist whose medium is the human body, applying  Make-up and prosthetics for theatrical, television, film, fashion, magazines and other similar productions including all aspects of the modeling industry.  Awards given for this profession in the entertainment industry include the Academy award for Make-up and even several entertainment industry awards such as the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globes to name a few. In the United States as well as the other parts of the globe, professional licenses are required by agencies in order for them to hire the MUA. Bigger production companies have in-house makeup artists on their payroll although most MUA’s generally are freelance and their times remain flexible depending on the projects.

SOURCE >> Wikipedia 

Fashion Makeup
Fashion makeup is used in magazine photography as well as on the fashion runway. Avant garde Make-up is also an applicable technique used for projects that require experimental themes. Fashion makeup is also commonly used in television and film ranging for the natural prime look to more sophisticated applications such as color balance.

Theatrical Makeup
Stage makeup is used as a method in conjunction with stage lighting to highlight the actors' faces in order make expressions visible to the audience from moderate distances. This often includes defining the eyes and lips as well as the highlights and lowlights of the facial bones.

Special Effects Makeup (FX Makeup)
The use of special effect techniques enhancing physical features to exhibit metaphysical characteristics as well as fantasy makeup. The use of prosthetics and plaster casting are also required for projects that entails non-human appearances. Accents such as theatrical blood and ooze are also techniques applicable to this type of makeup.

The use of an airbrush which is a small air-operated device that sprays various media including alcohol and water-based makeup by a process of nebulization. The earliest record of this type of cosmetic application dates back to the 1925 film version of Ben-Hur, it has recently been re-popularized by the advent of HDTV and Digital Photography, wherein the camera focuses on higher depths of detail. Liquid Foundations that are high in coverage but thin in texture are applied with the airbrush for full coverage without a heavy build-up of product.

My experience :

This introduction gives you an idea what make-up and photography is all about. Last Friday we had a Make-up artist on a visit in our Photography lesson to show us the differences of before and after the make-up. Well I must say, it’s a huge difference. I would love to have that make up every day hehe……she uses Kryolan products the most, but it’s very expensive and professional quality. See the website here :

She told us that fond de teint (foundation) has to be as fluid as it can and it’s supposed to be the color of your skin for natural look and not like you have been under the Tuscan sun for 3 weeks. Every single piece of skin has to be covered with that, cause otherwise the differences are too big and are truly visible on photos. Use a lighter color for the middle of the face (as a triangle) and a bit darker at the edges to give more dynamic to the face and photos. 

Difficult places like, around the eyes and some wrinklers can be corrected with a correction brush or consealor. The finishing touch is fine powder, be careful with opening the package, cause we don’t want to have a brown snow around and clothes have to be protected from it (especially don't sneeze in it :p). So use a towel or huge sheet to cover the model's clothes. For nude shoots they use a paintbrush. After that, Blush can be added, but not necessary. She adviced not to use blush for black and White shots, cause that really will add a dark spot in the face which is not elegant at all and hard to remove while processing the photos. 

She also said that the wetlook is created by Vaseline who has a special expressive look on the photos. Eyeshadow has to be placed in layers, so use the dark colors close to the eyelashes (standard). Just under the eyebrows you have to use some lighter looking powder.
Eyeliner must be added as close to the eyelashes as it gets, follow the eyelashes until about 2 cm from the end and then gow up a bit. So you have that elegant happy look and to make your eyes larger, not looking like a grieving widow. Best colors to use are Earth colors and ofcourse what’s suets you best. Mostly brown, black, green and grey. 

Don’t forget the eyebrows, that’s very important. Special brushes are made for that and can be found easely in any make-up shop. Use a fine brown powder to lift them up and make them longer if you have to.
So I guess that were the main things she said. Oh yes : don’t forget the lips, for the natural look, use some Gloss and don’t add it completely to the corners of the lips. Otherwise it looks that she has been slobbering. To add a normal lipstick, just first draw a line inside the liplines (don’t go out of the natural liplines, otherwise it won’t look natural), use the same colors as the lipstick and then add the lipstick with a paintbrush.

That’s what I have learned in school last week and I must say : it’s a whole bunch to remember. So I hope that, when I write it down here, I won’t forget it either in a while hehe. I guess I can always read my own article now.

The 10 basic steps :
1.      First use a day cream for hydration
2.      Foundation (fond de teint)
3.      Use a correction brush or concealor
4.      Add powder
5.      Add blush (if needed)
6.      Paint the eyes with eyeliner and eyeshadow
7.      Add mascara
8.      Color the eyebrows with brown powder
9.      Color the lips with Gloss or Lipstick
10.   After all this, don’t forget to leave the make-up artist with you the whole time to refine and correct the lips, false eyeliners etc…… if needed.

One last tip I got was : Do all this after the hair is done first ;-)
Have fun reading and thank you for coming by! If you want to make some corrections in what I wrote here, please let me know. Cause these are the basic elements she told us about make-up.

Retro Christmas shoot

Hi everyone, Retro Christmas shoot has taken place with the lovely model 'Death Bird' in my very own Studio at home. Only 3 more packs of Christmascards  available through  >>



 * I 've made my first book with Blurb and I would like to share that with you. It's called : "THE SECRET LIFE OF TREES" with my very best of this serie : http:/​/​www.​blurb.​com/​books/​1687362

* On 27-05-2010 I won a Photo competition with Jalbum under the theme "macro and close up" by Jack Wollingsworth. I get a 1 year free subscription and I'm also featured in the Blog and Newsletter of Jalbum (see link), whoehoew ;-)
I'm registrated under 'Discover' Rosita with the album : "Nature's Secrets".

* 2 images were published in 'Digital Photo magazine' of my shoot with 'Schokpop' and 1 was used in a CD on how to manipulate your photos.

* My work featured of the shoot with 'Death Bird' as 'Pin up of the month November 2010' at :

* I'm regulary featured in the following magazine : http:/​/​www.​zoom.​nl

3 photos Will be published in the December issue 2010 of the french magazine 'Revue3emillénaire' also called 'Third millenium' : http:/​/​www.​revue3emillenaire.​com/​accueil/​accueil.​php?pid=1

8 photos will be published in the Pinup perfection magazine of february 2011 : http:/​/​pinupperfectionmagazine.​com/
* Featured as pin up of the month at "Desert Orchid Corsets" :

November 11, 2010

The red skin

My Pola sx 70 Alpha finally got a new skin....the old skin was not too much damaged as you can see, so i used a thinner skin from Skinslove and placed it over the old one.
And I like it + there is a quick delivery and the costs from Lithuania are really ok.
Be aware that you can not remove the skin anymore, unless you want to remove it all from the body, cause it really sticks well to the other one.

Click photo for larger view

November 04, 2010

First images with Spectra

Owkay, today I went experimenting with my new Image Spectra 1200 si camera and what a difference!!
I used Old spectra film (expired from 2007). but what an effect!
Yes, that's the result I want ;-)

Still I used the black card to protect the images from light, and I didn't want to take the risk of over-exposing them.
A little boy came to me while I was shooting and asked me what the hell I was doing with that thing? hehe. He never saw that in his entire life 'lol'.
I guess that's the difference of being born in the 70's.
I explained him that this is great toy and showed him the picture after 2 minutes of praying. Wow, I was surprised myself. I felt like a child too at that moment hehe. It was lots of fun playing with this Polaroid. Best one so far......but that can be, because of the old film.

I guess i have to buy an ND filter for my sx70's, cause light is all I see and terrible low contrast. More will be added here when I have this filter for it.

So here are the result with the following cam (click images to see larger) :

October 24, 2010

Time for meeting the new Polaroid skin ;-)

Dear o dear......that was  a lot of work hehe.
Finally I finished adding the new skin on my white sx 70.

First of all I ordered my sx 70 in the US and ofcourse I had to pay 10 euro customs again. I hate Belgium sometimes! the customs do depend on the traveling costs too. So that can't be more than 25$ all in total. That means with the worth of your item included!
But luckely we managed to fool around with the price on the package :-)
I don't know how long that will work in the future.

The skin was really crumbling and i doubt if it was leather. anyway, I decided to go for a new skin, but how would I do that?
I sent an email to the Impossible project for asking if they were selling skins too, next to the new cameras they are making. But the answer was NO.
Ok, no good answer......perhaps they are affraid that we would all renew the old sx 70's and don't buy new ones anymore, cause that project has to earn money somehow since they restarted producing this year.

So I went to the carpetstore and searched for some vinyl (for the floor) of about 1mm thickness and found it for 5 euros. sometimes such stores do have remains which you can buy really cheap. so i found the perfect skin ;-)
then I went to the Brico for adhesive especially for creative actions and now I could start the transformation.
It was really difficult removing the old skin and I had to be careful not to damage the camera, after an hour or so I finally removed it with the help of a spatula, my goodness!
It's important to remove all rests of old glue before adding a new skin. So I used aceton with gloves.

Then I saw on the SDZN website a sx 70 template of the real size of the skin that I need, cause otherwise it's really difficult for measuring. I just printed and cutted it out and then marked it again on the vinyl. that went easy.
Now I had to cut the vinyl inside the lines, cause otherwise the pattern will be too large, so i did. The glue I have was really easy to work with, it's a sort of Gel which does not stick and goes smoothly.
And then there it started to look good hehe. I wanted to give the skin a personal touch by drawing some personal things on it, I just used a pen for that in different colors. and voila >> finished!
I'm so proud now with the new skin..........let's hope the camera works now heheheee :p
First testshots soon.

Now you can see a compilation of before and after, I hope you like the new skin as much as I do. I so love my white Polaroid!!

Click the photo for larger view!

October 19, 2010

Polaroid 636 Close up and IMP Films

Having fun with polaroid

Since a couple of weeks I own a polaroid 636 Close up and I must say that it really works well, even with the Impossible project films + it has it's own flash build in and that's interesting for indoor shots ;-)
The flash works with every shot, so no way to turn that off.
First i used the PX 70 color shade film which i find very nice and has some blue tone which is very interesting for experiments. But this camera is not perfect for that film and is normally for the sx 70 serie. Luckely the Pola 636 has a lighten/darken slider, so you can adjust lightness with this sensible film.

In the beginning it's a bit of searching, while the IMP films are really sensitive, especially the PX 70 Color shade. 5 out of 10 shots didn't work and it's soooooo sensitive to light. especially with my other Pola camera >> the 600 Extreme which has nog lighten/darken slider. It's not like the films 30 years ago that could be held into the light and then swapp a bit with it. pitty, cause that was fun to do and to see the photo coming alive.

The PX600 Silver shade on the other hand is wonderful to work with and has this nice sepia tone that gives the photo a real old look and it works perfectly when you be careful with the first light, so it's important to protect the photo from light for the first 10 seconds when it comes out of the cam. otherwise your photo is ruined (for now that counts for all the films of IMP).
On the IMP (Impossible project) site I could read about making a black card for your polaroid to protect it for light. So I made such a card and it works!!!!
Check out the IMP website for more instructions on how to make such a card :

Here are the instructions for developing your shot >>

Impossibly Easy Steps to Optimized Results

  1. Choose the right film and put it into your camera
    - Polaroid SX-70 camera? - Choose PX 100 Silver Shade or use ND filter with PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid 600 camera model? - Choose PX 600 Silver Shade
    - Polaroid Image, 1200, or Spectra camera? - Choose PZ 600 Silver Shade
  2. For your first shots, we recommend to shoot at 17-24°C / 63-75°F as the Silver Shade film is very sensitive to temperature
  3. Set the camera's lighten/darken wheel to middle setting
  4. Hold camera stable, especially at low light levels
  5. Make the first magic shot
  6. Shield picture from light immediately (cover with your hand)
  7. Develop the picture upside down for 60 - 90 seconds
  8. Take a deep breath, turn the picture over and inhale your FIRST SILVER SHADE SHOT
  9. Let your images dry properly before storing them cool and protected from light to preserve their original state after exposure longest.
Have fun with your first results of good lightend photos now hehe.....
More will come soon, cause I bought more polaroid cams like : 2x sx70, one 600, 1200 si (spectra) and a 320 version which i will use with Fujifilm FP-100 >> but the last Pola is not alive it seems.
Results with the Pola 636 + PX 600 silver shade :

Next, Pola 636 + PX 70 color shade :

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