What is real photography? Retouching images, versus the ‘Good Old Days’ of the truth of Film …

“Oh, that’s not real!  It’s Photoshopped!  Yick!”

This can be a familiar refrain in today’s age of modern digital photography and computer processing of visual images.

But, is it a fair assessment?

Let us discern, what is a photograph?  What is real?

For that matter, what is art?

In any photograph, there is the assumption (false) that photos tell no lies…

In point of fact, all photos are both 99.9999% truthful, and 99.9999….% lies, depending on your perspective.

Eye witnesses, while considered very highly by juries in evidentiary purposes, are in fact one of the least reliable forms of evidence to events.

When an eye-witness to an event believes they have seen the whole event, this is a kind of lie they may tell very convincingly.

In being witness to any event, we see only a facet, or several facets of a much greater event.

This is how Continue reading What is real photography? Retouching images, versus the ‘Good Old Days’ of the truth of Film …

Q&A with Dancer Model Shelby Jo-Lynne Albuquerque, New Mexico

Smoking, Cigarette, Model, Sensual, Sexy, Black and White, Smoke, Smokey, Film Noir, Brunette, cigarette in hand, blowing smoke, smokey eye shaddowLeaper of a dancer, as her pictures clearly demonstrate, Shelby Jo-Lynne is a 20 years old model who hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

How does a dancer successfully transition into the modeling world?

Our curiosities piqued, we are entertained and enlightened with insights into Shelby’s life as model by engaging  in a bit of Q&A…

GP.co:  How do the ideas came about for the creative process for some shoots?

“Having meaning and a story behind a shoot is extremely important.

You can’t work solely off Continue reading Q&A with Dancer Model Shelby Jo-Lynne Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sony Alpha a77 – aka Alpha 77, A77 & α77 – Hands On Preview Video of this APS-C Sensor DSLR – Pointer to things to come @ Nikon?

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Sony Alpha A77

Sony’s α77 (alpha) SLT-A77VQ Digital SLR is not actually a DSLR in the classical sense.

Why?

Due to the α77‘s reliance on a semi-silvered fixed place mirror system.

On first viewing, this A77 appears ground breaking in its features set and capabilities.

Where Sony goes, Nikon may soon follow sensor wise, as Sony manufactures Nikon sensors.   Therefore, the Alpha 77 remains interesting for me, even if I stay a Nikon guy.

Let me invite you, check out this really cool short high quality video demonstrating some of the Sony a77‘s key features:

KEY FEATURES:

“Braziliangels” Brazilian Beauties in Brazilian Locations by Joaquim Nabuco – Book Review

Brazilangels, Front Cover, Deyse Krieger, Nude Profile, Nipple Profile, Breast Profile,  Rhinestone Bling Makeup, Bling Makeup, Rhinestone Makeup, Joaquim, NabucoJoaquim Nabuco is a third generation Brazilian lawyer turned photographer. Born 1962 in Rio de Janeiro, he has a photography studio and business in Sao Paulo.

He has won awards.  Nice.

Shot for “Trip” Brazil’s premier men’s magazine.  Cool.

BraziliAngels” is a compilation of Joaquim’s journeys into this realm of beautiful women in beautiful surroundings.

Over a 5 year period, while traveling to the most scenic interior and exterior locations the vastness of Brazil had to offer, Joaquim shot beautiful women for which his country is rightly famous.

Written in English, at 12″ x 9″ x 1″ in size, 192 pages and just under 4 pounds, this is good-sized coffee table book of photos of women.

Nude, jiboia, snake, Weza, Brazilian woman, dark skin, long nappy hair nude, bare, buttocks, butt, brown skin, dark skinned, chocolate skin, mocha skin, orange and tan snake, red diamond pattern snake, orange diamond pattern snake, very long curly black hair, waist long dark hair, railing, nature nude, green foliage, balconyThe vast majority of the book is Continue reading “Braziliangels” Brazilian Beauties in Brazilian Locations by Joaquim Nabuco – Book Review

Nikon PDF SLR Flim Camera Manuals Available – Direct Download Links, F4, N6000, N50, etc., Free of charge, Direct from Nikon

Direct Links to download OEM original Nikon PDF Manuals.  These are direct links for all SLR Film Camera Manuals available, directly from Nikon.

See at bottom of article or do an on site search for additional available manuals.

In case you have lost your manual, prefer soft copy versions, or are just on the road and need a quick look, you can get the full PDF manual direct from Nikon free of charge by clicking links to the Digital SLR camera you desire. Be advised, file sizes may be large… often exceeding 20 Megabytes, so downloads may take a while.

Clicking any of the links in the table will take you to the download page at Nikon, for direct PDF Manual download, or will initiate direct PDF Manual download.

These are the original Nikon PDF Manual Download Links for the SLR Film Cameras specified in the link and are coming directly from Nikon.

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■ Links Updated 7-26-2011

Nikon Manuals are supplied free of charge by direct download in PDF form, from Nikon, and remain © Nikon.

Additional Nikon Manuals:

  • For links to Nikon Original PDF DSLR Manuals, click here.
  • For links to Nikon Original PDF DX DSLR Lens Manuals, click here.
  • For links to Nikon Original PDF FX SLR Zoom Lens Manuals, click here.
  • For links to Nikon Original PDF FX Wide and Standard Lens Manuals, click here.
  • For links to Nikon Original PDF FX Telephoto Lens Manuals, click here.
  • For links to Nikon Original PDF Speedlight Flash Manuals, click here.


 

 

Exotic Model Sarah Ardhelia of Jakarta, Indonesia

This is Sarah of Indonesia.

Her exotic Polynesian looks lend a depth of otherworldly smoldering charm to her nudes … while the strength of her faith and perspective inspire and humble

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With timeless beauty, seen here in images and words of hope, our 32 years old Sarah Ardhelia is a freelance photographic model in the city of Jakarta.

“I live independently and as single mother of one child.

Initially I started modeling in December of 2010.

At first, I just put my photo collection in my Facebook.

One day, I was invited by a photographer Continue reading Exotic Model Sarah Ardhelia of Jakarta, Indonesia

Nikon PDF Speedlight Flash & Speedlight Accessory Manuals Available – Direct Download Links, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, etc., Free of charge, Direct from Nikon

Direct Links to download OEM original Nikon PDF Manuals. These are direct links for all Speedlight Flash and Speedlight Accessory Manuals available, directly from Nikon.

See at bottom of article or do an on site search for additional available manuals.

In case you have lost your manual, prefer soft copy versions, or are just on the road and need a quick look, you can get the full PDF manual direct from Nikon free of charge by clicking links to the Digital SLR camera you desire. Be advised, file sizes may be large… often exceeding 20 Megabytes, so downloads may take a while.

Clicking any of the links in the table will take you to the download page at Nikon, for direct PDF Manual download, or will initiate direct PDF Manual download.

These are the original Nikon PDF Manual Manual Download Links for the on camera Flash Speedlights specified in the link and are coming directly from Nikon.

Speedlights

“1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie” by Gilles Néret – Taschen – Book Review

1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie, Lingerie, Book Cover, Front Cover, TaschenTaschen Publishing’s “1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie” by Gilles Néret is a lovely romp through the lingerie drawers of yore, from hoop skirts and corsets of the 1700’s and 1800’s, through to lace and frills of the roaring 20’s and on into the semi classic era of Hollywood, and European film undies, or lack there of, of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

This is a fun book told largely in pictures, with just enough captioning to make heads and tails of the bits of unmentionables mentioned…

Dessous, is French for underneath – beneath – underside – bottom – disadvantage … from here is an easy leap to sexy Continue reading “1000 Dessous, A History of Lingerie” by Gilles Néret – Taschen – Book Review

What are the FX, DX and APS-C sensor size dimensions and crop factors for 35 mm DSLRs?

APS-C” is the acronym for “Advanced Photo System – Classic“.

Remember Kodak 35mm film?

35mm film had two sets of sprocket holes and was often packaged in the “135 film cartridge”…

One set of sprocket holes ran along the top edge of the film strip and one set ran along the bottom edge, horizontally along the length of the entire strip.

Standard 35mm film’s exposure area was landscape format.

  • 36 mm along the film strip
  • 24 mm across the film strip
  • in between these two sets of sprocket holes

So, why is a 36 mm x 24 mm film called 35 mm?  It is Continue reading What are the FX, DX and APS-C sensor size dimensions and crop factors for 35 mm DSLRs?

Nikon PDF FX SLR Telephoto Fixed Focal Length Prime Lens Manuals Available – Direct Download Links, AF-S 85mm f1.4G, AF-S VR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED, AF DC 135mm F/2D, etc., Free of charge, Direct from Nikon

Direct Links to download OEM original Nikon PDF Manuals. These are direct links for all Prime Telephoto Fixed Focal Length FX SLR Lens Manuals available, directly from Nikon.

These lens are for full size 35mm DSLR sensor Cameras and may also work on DX crop sensor DSLR Cameras and Film Cameras.

See at bottom of article or do an on site search for additional available manuals.

In case you have lost your manual, prefer soft copy versions, or are just on the road and need a quick look, you can get the full PDF manual direct from Nikon free of charge by clicking links to the Zoom Lens  you desire. Be advised, file sizes may be large… often exceeding 20 Megabytes, so downloads may take a while.

Clicking any of the links in the table will take you to the download page at Nikon, for direct PDF Manual download, or will initiate direct PDF Manual download.

These are the original Nikon PDF Manual Manual Download Links for the FX Prime Telephoto Lenses specified in the link and are coming directly from Nikon.
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Before and After Examples of Glamour Shots by Professional Photo Retoucher, Marie-Claude Sabourin of MCS Touchup

At 22 years old, Marie-Claude Sabourin is a model turned professional retoucher and Photoshop Wizard who resides in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Photo Retouch, Glamour, Woman, Wild ColorsAs part of her professional capacity in retouching, she is proud owner of MCS Photo Touch Up.

Those of us on MM (ModelMayhem) have been treated to views of her work, published under the MCS Photo Touch Up umbrella, fairly regularly.

Before and after, retouch, photo retouch, head shot, change color, change hue, change lipstick color, change makeup colorRecently, she won a POTD contest (Picture of the Day) on MM with a retouch job she did on one of Barry Druxman’s photos.

For a profile of Barry’s work available on GlamourPhotography.co, click here.

Asked what she charges for her work, she shared her Continue reading Before and After Examples of Glamour Shots by Professional Photo Retoucher, Marie-Claude Sabourin of MCS Touchup

Nikon PDF FX SLR Wide Angle & Standard Fixed Focal Length Prime Lens Manuals Available – Direct Download Links, AF-S 24mm f1.4G ED, AF 50mm F/1.4D, AF 35mm f/1.4G, etc., Free of charge, Direct from Nikon

Direct Links to download OEM original Nikon PDF Manuals. These are direct links for all Prime Wide Angle and Standard Fixed Focal Length FX SLR Lens Manuals available, directly from Nikon.

These lens are for full size 35mm DSLR sensor Cameras and may also work on DX crop sensor DSLR Cameras and Film Cameras.

See at bottom of article or do an on site search for additional available manuals.

In case you have lost your manual, prefer soft copy versions, or are just on the road and need a quick look, you can get the full PDF manual direct from Nikon free of charge by clicking links to the Zoom Lens  you desire. Be advised, file sizes may be large… often exceeding 20 Megabytes, so downloads may take a while.

Clicking any of the links in the table will take you to the download page at Nikon, for direct PDF Manual download, or will initiate direct PDF Manual download.

These are the original Nikon PDF Manual Manual Download Links for the FX Prime Lenses specified in the link and are coming directly from Nikon.

Wideangle / Standard lens

Cleaning Sensor Dust on Nikon D7000 DSLR Using Giotto Rocket and Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs and Eclipse Optic Cleaning Fluid

Cleaning of your Nikon or Canon Digital SLR sensor is easy peasy and is something which has to be done for any of us who shoot often enough.

Photographic Solutions, Sensor Swab, Type 2, Front of Box, DSLR, CleanerSure, we can do things to make the need for digital sensor cleaning less frequent, like change lenses less frequently.  Never ever change lenses in a dusty environment … and, do not  Continue reading Cleaning Sensor Dust on Nikon D7000 DSLR Using Giotto Rocket and Photographic Solutions Sensor Swabs and Eclipse Optic Cleaning Fluid