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D Girls and Pin Up Models.

Pin Up girls saw their heyday during World War II, when soldiers and sailors would put up pictures of the sexy ladies over their bunks. More recently, Pin Up Art has seen a revival through digital art and , such as DAZ Productions’ Victoria series. The artists have replaced their pens with 3D computer graphics software, and created modern-day pin-ups from the Vintage Pin-Up Girls .

During World War II, soldiers and sailors loved to look at their glamorous pin up models, which featured women posing in eye-pleasing, sexy positions. The phrase “pin up” originated in the 1940s. Usually, pin up girls wore revealing clothes and sultry looks on their faces; their images would adorn magazines, post cards, and even the noses of military aircraft. Pin ups are idealized representations of what a man wants a beautiful woman to look like.

Producers like DAZ Productions, with the Victoria series, have given pin up art a fresh new feel in Digital . 3D computer graphics frees the artist from their pens and easels, and brings the vintage pin up into the modern world. Graphic artists no longer need drawing or painting skills to bring pin ups to life. All that digital artists require, with the assistance of computer graphics software, is a basic understanding of composition, posing and lighting. Programs like Poser, Vue Infinite and DAZ Studio can be used to create 3D Human Models in a virtual scene with props. This digital composition brings Virtual Girls to life with Pin Up Art spirit. A little polishing with some graphics software brings it all together. Classic Vintage Pin-ups join the 21st centure using these radical techniques.

The art of the pin up isn’t dead; it’s just been democratized! This new way allows everyone to digitally create their own pin-up girls. Sub-divided polygonal architecture and a gorgeous skin texture bring your pin-up girl alive with a feminine feel. You can make sublime works of art that will shine with sensuality and beauty. At last, with 3D Pin-Up Girls (free 3d models), we have a modern answer to the Pin Up girls of the past.

Dimitri Baltermants’ Soviet Era Photography Develops Into Fine Russian Art

Russian art comes in many forms and Dmitri Baltermants has been recognized as the greatest Soviet photographer of the 20th century. As the principal photographer and photo editor of Ogonyok, one of Russia’s oldest weekly magazines, and as an official Kremlin photographer, Baltermants used film to capture images and events that mere words could not express. Over a span of five decades, he captured on film the life, the times, and the spirit of the Soviet people and the nation they built.

Dmitri Baltermants was born May 13, 1912, in Warsaw, Poland. His father served in the Imperial Russian Army and was killed in the First World War. Years later, Baltermants graduated from the Moscow State University to become a math teacher, but fell in love with photography and began a career in the field of photojournalism.

During World War II Baltermants covered the battle of Stalingrad, the battles of the Red Army in the Ukraine, and the march to Berlin in 1945. He was wounded twice.

Just like his fellow photographers covering the Red Army during the war, Baltermants’ images were always censored by Soviet authorities in order to select only the photographs that reflected on the positive side of service in their effort to help boost morale. Some of his most captivating photos were suppressed, and were not released to the public until the 1960’s.

One of the Baltermants’ more famous images, called “Grief,” depicts a 1942 Nazi massacre in the Crimean village of Kerch. It shows the grief of village women as they search for the bodies of their loved ones. A powerful over saturated sky above, burnt in during the printing of the photo, makes the image even more dramatic.

Baltermants’ work during World War II stands out as particularly important because his photographs show the tragedy of war so comprehensively and truthfully that they have become symbols of a deep humanism. However, the tragedies of war marked only one period in Baltermants’ life.

Baltermants’ longest period of work began in the mid 1940’s and lasted into the 1980’s. For the Soviets, this was a time of major construction projects, space exploration, new leaders, and new contacts with other nations. Baltermants was on hand to cover all of these major new developments in Soviet government and society, and he captured all of these events on film.

Throughout this post World War II era Baltermants provided the most vivid, interesting and comprehensive photographic reports about the Soviet people rediscovering foreign countries, building giant power plants, and the emergence of the Soviet nation into the atomic age.

In all of these situations the top-quality work of the Soviet people was matched by the equally superb photographic reports by Dmitri Baltermants. He was a brilliant interpreter of the idea of “triumphant socialism.” Film was Baltermants’ artistic canvas, and his collective body of Soviet era photography became his contribution to the Russian impressionism and contemporary Russian art forms.

In the final period of his life, Baltermants worked less. However, he continued photographing the country’s leaders. And, it was in these photographs that he discovered a new Baltermants. From his archives, he collected images which represented almost half a century’s worth of portraits of the figures of power. This was the “anatomy” of Soviet power. And, it was during this period that Baltermants realized that he and his camera had witnessed the transition of a nation, and it was his visions that the nation’s people saw and remembered.

Dmitri Baltermants died in 1990.

It was also during 1990 that the Russian government authorized the production of a photographic portfolio to celebrate the life and work of Dmitri Baltermants. A total of twenty-five portfolios were produced, each containing a set of prized photographs. Every image was marked with the photographer’s original stamp and was signed by Tatiana Baltermants, Dmitri’s daughter, on her father’s behalf. Each set was placed into a black silk portfolio case with a certificate of authenticity. And, no further photographic prints will be made from these negatives except for purposes of copyright and exhibition.

These limited edition photographic portfolios rival the finest Russian art in terms of their historical value and emotional impact, and they are now prized collectibles.

Melbourne Fashion Photography and Location Scouting

As a Melbourne Fashion Photographer I come across a lot of photography locations as well as clients seeking bizarre and new locations for their next shoot. The city of Melbourne is a city of roughly 3 to 4 million people and is quite young in comparison to many European cities. The architecture reflects this and it can sometimes be a challenge finding location for clients that fill certain criteria that is more suited to Europe. With fashion photography we often try and sell a story. The photos needs to convey a mood and feelings. It is the photographers that need to -dress up- the clothes with something more. Fashion photography then draws on sets, locations, props and models to create something that will engage the viewer and the clients know this. A sun-filled morning in an old house may speak about softness, comfort and natural beauty, whereas or cold and stark warehouse might convey strength or a darker edge.

Melbourne has warehouses and sun filled houses. What we lack is the castles, the mountains and the snow. We lack some of the charm of the 18th century architecture which photographs beautifully. Sure, locations exist but they are usually photographically exhausted by many photographers and clients. We do have beaches, some forests, lakes and, you guessed it, more beaches.

So the search for fashion photography locations in Melbourne can be quite tedious, especially when it comes to building and interior locations. We don’t have many Hollywood-Hills style mansions or Scottish Castles. Luckily location scouts have made this easier by embarking on tracking down every last photo opportunity through manually scouting, word of mouth and sometimes even set-building them from scratch. I find the fact that Australia in general being so large, it can be time consuming finding locations so these photography location scouts can be invaluable and great time savers.

Ultimately, if time is on your side I would suggest scouting the inner suburbs of Melbourne yourself. Take photos, explore and get a feel for the vast range of alleys and warehouses available to photograph. Travelling into rural areas might see you only visiting one or two photo spots before realising you have spent the entire day driving.

Fashion clients budgets are definitely not what they used to be so finding locations quickly and cost effectively is important and as a fashion photographer I need to help my clients do this fast. Scouting companies is what I use in most cases. Occasionally I will explore myself if it is local or time permits to venture further. Of course, whilst on fashion assignments it’s always important to keep an eye out and take lots of photos of your surroundings, not just in Melbourne but where ever you venture. You never know what you might see and when you might need it.

If you are a client looking at shooting in Melbourne I would suggest a local photographer who has ties with good location agents to help you out.

Making it big Two black models who’ve carved their own career success

At the end of their careers in the limelight black female models know that they must make way for younger talent. Well before that time comes many will proactively start thinking about what they’ll do to earn an income in the future. They therefore become determined to make the most of their current jobs to ensure that they will make a smooth transition into whatever careers they aspire for. A good number of models have managed to do this and Black Men Digital magazine has been fortunate enough to interview them.

One such lady is Shanti Saha who now runs Saha Concierge, a high-end concierge service that caters to sports and entertainment industry elites. Saha earned her degree in nursing from Florida State University in 2005. This in itself speaks volumes considering that many people solely attribute the success of to their natural good looks but not their individual intelligence, an unfortunate assumption that should be totally dispelled because many other models have college degrees in diverse disciplines.es.

Since its launch in 2011 Saha Concierge has established a fine reputation for itself, of course thanks to the competent management abilities of its CEO. Saha is held in high esteem by her high profile clients as she ably handles their epicurean travel bookings, accommodations and events requirements. Her client list, which currently features luminaries like Sean Kingston, Yung Berg, Cuda Love and Bryant McKinnie, is definitely set to become more celebrity-crusted in the future. In sort of a mentorship role, Saha requires all attending her clients’ events to display elegance, sophistication and classiness, not cattiness and drama. A fine reputation, she says, is the perfect prerequisite for guaranteeing client satisfaction.

Another of the black models who is now scaling the heights of success in the entertainment industry is Angela Yee. She, after a career in the hip hop music industry, previously hosted two popular radio shows on Shade 45 i.e. -The Morning After With Angela Yee- and -Lip Service-. The latter was especially popular because the invited interviewees were well known personalities from the entertainment industry and they were engaged in discussions based on their relationships and sex lives. Angela then moved to Power 105.1 and now hosts -The Breakfast Club-. While her new show isn’t sexually-oriented it has definitely caught on with the public in a massive way. In collaboration with Vibe Magazine the show is now also available in print and video versions. Angela Yee certainly exemplifies the notion that black female models have what it takes to become quintessential market leaders whatever their line of work is.

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Darkroom Photography – Getting Started Guide

These days, developing film and making prints in a darkroom seems a little outdated. Why spend time in a dark, smelly room working to get the perfect print when you can upload them and photoshop them to perfection? Theres no arguing that digital is more convenient and is growing increasingly flexible as camera capabilities and software options improve, but sometimes its fun to break it down to the basics and spend a little time in the dark. If youve never ventured into the darkroom before, this is your guide to getting started.
We won’t mention getting supplies or developing your film and instead will focus on the process of developing your print.

Printing With an Enlarger

An enlarger is exactly what it sounds like a machine that makes your tiny squares of film into large, printed photographs. It does this by projecting light through your film and on to the surface of your photo paper where the light sensitive chemicals are exposed.

In order to create a print, you will have to line up the frame with your enlarger’s light source, then project it onto a blank mat and make sure it’s properly focused by adjusting the knob on the side. Most darkrooms have magnifying glasses lying around; make sure you can clearly see the grain of your image. You need to play with the exposure timing to make sure the image turns out okay, then you should be just fine.

The Chemicals

Once youve decided on the correct timing and exposed a full photograph, its time to get your hands dirty. Darkroom chemicals have a smelly and distinct odor and will ruin any clothing they come in contact with so make sure to wear an apron or wear old ratty clothes. The chemical process can be broken down into four steps:

1. Developer Soak your paper, which will still be completely white, in the developer. This chemical will activate the photo paper and over the course of a few minutes youll start to see your image come through. If you don’t like the contrast or exposure, just head back to the enlarger and get another piece of photo paper and adjust your timing. Once you have a print you like and it’s done developing, move it to the stop bath for a soak.

2. Stop Bath The stop bath will prevent your image from developing any further by neutralizing the chemicals found in the developer. If you have ever been in a dark room, the stop bath is the distinct smell you probably remember. If you want to make sure your print is done sitting in the stop bath, rub your fingers on the paper to see if it will squeak. If it squeaks, then you know the chemicals have been properly stopped. This should only take a few short minutes.

3. Fixer While the stop bath will stop the effects of the developer chemicals, your paper will still be sensitive to light exposure. Fixer is the last chemical in the process so once your print has soaked in this, it can be exposed to light without ruining the image. You don’t need to soak your prints in fixer for very long- usually about 5-10 minutes depending upon the paper and chemicals.

4. Rinse Naturally youll want to rinse your photos of all the harsh chemicals youve soaked in them. Most dark rooms have a sink and a rinsing tub with a continuous flow of water so you can leave your print there as long as it takes to remove all of the chemicals. While waiting, this is a great time to print other pictures from your negatives!

Once youve enlarged, developed, stopped, fixed, and rinsed your images, set them out to dry in a safe place and come get them the next day. Don’t forget to rinse your prints well because if you don’t, your photographs will turn brown over time from the chemical residue left on the print. Pick up your dry prints and put them in a heavy book or photo press to straighten them out. After that, your prints are ready to frame.

The darkroom can seem intimidating, but once you have a bearing on the process you will enjoy printing your own images. Its a great way to get away from the world for a little while and focus on your art (bring a radio if you can) and provides you infinitely more control over your final images than having someone else print them. Just remember to ask around before turning on the lights!

Triumph Motorcycles Announces The Latest Models For Sale

Triumph Motorcycles has grown not only by manufacturing the models but also in dealer network strong from 15 years. Triumphs are going to introduce some new models in the upcoming year. They will manufacture 16 different models dividing in to three types namely Cruiser, Urban sport and Modern classic. This will expand again in 23 models in the year 2012. But still there are many other models in Triumph motorcycles which offer amazing experience while riding on bike.

Following are some of the latest models of 2010 in Triumph Motorcycles with limited numbers:

-Thunderbird SE : The 98 cubic inch (1600cc) Thunderbird comes with new carnival Red paint, ABS, a quick detach touring windshield along with deflectors, leather saddle bags , touring seat, quick detach passenger back rest with luggage rack, and rider with passenger boards. It is available with MRP for $14,999.

– Thunderbird 1700: It comes with 1700cc (140 cubic inches) with upgraded engine which increases the speed from 85bhp to 99bhp. It has got stunning Phantom Red Haze paint which looks attractive and is available to exclusive models only. It will cost you at MRP of $14,799.

– Bonneville 60: The Bonneville 60 was built with only 600 units of 1960,100 of which will come to North America. Each motorcycle features two-tone Meriden and Caspian Blue paint, a numbered handlebar clamp plaque and a certificate of authenticity. It is available with MRP for $8,999.

-Bonneville T 100 Black: the production of this bike was made as per the requested by the customers. This all black Bonneville comes with spoke wheel and attached tachometer. It is available with MRP for $8,599.
-Speed triple SE : It is known as the original street fighter which comes in tornado red paint with Crystal white centre stripe, seat cowl and fly screen. It is available with MRP for $11,299.

– Daytona 675 SE: It has got pearl white body with a sparkle of blue color. The bike is the modified version from 2009 with graphics and carbon firm trim. It is available with MRP for $10,299.
If you searching more models in Triumph Motorcycles visit readymotocycles.com, as there are several models with variety in numbers.

Art Photography A trendsetter in Photography arena

Photography has always been the popular pass time for the photo lovers and turned to be the best tool to express the artist’s vision and creativity in the best manner possible. Art photography is an eminent kind of photography and bit different with its contemporary commercial photography. It doesn’t require support from publishing mediums like newspapers and magazines etc but take the notion with the artistic maturity of job. Art photography takes several genre of the art in one go. It not only includes natural landscapes, portraits and nudes but also captivates the human senses with gravity of thoughts and sentiments. In the recent years, there has been a steep rise in the number of photography exhibitions across the globe. Art photography is now known as the most fashionable method of representation that uses prints and frames for such amazing photography trend. Numerous galleries across the global locations display photos on boards and on other display materials like frames without glass. The size of the photo print depends upon the whole sole purpose of artistic theme of the photo. These art photography photos are amazingly beautiful and visually appealing in nature. With the inception of huge spectrum of photography and arrival of current digital technologies and complex cameras, the fore of art photography has been tremendously changed. Now the artists can achieve amazing photo effects by filtering ultraviolet light with the available visible light and infrared techniques of visibility. The improvement in technology has changed the overall representation of artistic visualization prevailed in the art domain. This mode of photography offers numerous options to the artistic photographers across the exhibition houses and demographic locations. Lovers of the art photography enjoy all of the photos available at the exhibitions houses and picture galleries for sale. To steep the craze of such photography among the users, these exhibition centers offer number of selling and buying practices of these photographs with innovative options as well. Fashion shows, exhibitions and event centres ignite the demand of these photographs at greater extent and tries to motivate this sort of photography against the commercial photography architecture. These are the efforts that have created a nave motive for the photography lovers to enjoy some of the best visual representations prevailed across the photography domain. The specifications of the art photography have been changed tremendously and started creating a distinguishing mode between commercial and spiritual blend of photography.

What Do You Know About Stock Photography

Stock photography, groups of photographs that people take, grouped and licensed for selling purposes. Instead of taking new pictures every time they need pictures, many people use the stock photography method. People that work for magazines, as graphic artists, and advertising agencies sometimes use public pictures instead of hiring photographers for individual projects.

Alternate names for stock photography is picture libraries, photo archives or image banks. Typically, in order to use these pictures, although publicly available, there is a small fee or a purchasing of usage rights that comes with a fee in order to use the pictures. Sometimes a membership purchase allows you to have access to a particular group of stock photography.hy.

Saving time and money, stock photography is a great way to enhance newsletters, blogs, advertisements, company brochures and more. It is obviously less expensive than putting a full time photographer on staff and takes less time if you need images of something specific. Many times, it is as easy as using a search engine or checking an email.

Sometimes full rights and usage is available for purchase. Other times, full rights are limited. In those cases, photographers might be requiring that they receive a certain percentage of sales and or royalties of usage. Agencies usually hold the images on files and negotiate fees. With the technology and easy access that the internet provides, negotiations are quicker and easier.

The cost of using stock photos depends on how long the pictures will be used, what location the images will be used, if the original photographer wants royalties and how many people the photo will be distributed to or seen by. Prices for stock photography can be anywhere from one dollar to two hundred dollars.

There are several different pricing arrangements. Royalty free stock photography allows the buyer to use photographs multiple times in multiple ways. When you buy royalty free pictures, there is only a one-time charge for unlimited usage. When the images you purchase have a royalty free section, the agency is able to resell the image to others. If an image is rights managed, there is a negotiated price for each time that it is used.

Sometimes a buyer of stock photography might desire to have exclusive rights to the images. In that case, no one else will be able to use the pictures once exclusive rights have been purchased. It may cost thousands of dollars to purchase exclusive rights because agencies who handle the sales have to make sure that they are making a profitable sale. If a photograph would make more money staying in circulation, they would lose out selling exclusive rights.

Stock photographers sometimes work with agencies producing images for them alone. Different subjects and categories might need multiple varieties of images. Sometimes contributors work for multiple agencies selling their photographs for a fee. They work out arrangements for royalties or they sell their shots for full rights. This has proved to be a big business for photographers around the world.

Stock photography started in the early 1920s. It especially grew as its own specialty by the 1980s. Galleries hold hundreds, thousands and even millions of pictures available for purchase. Stock houses sprung up in many different places. By 2000, online stock photography became microstock photography, which we call photo archives online. Companies like istock photo and bigstock photo offer you the opportunity to purchase so many pictures and when you use them up you can add more credits for another fee. Photos that are distributed online are typically less expensive than those that are sold hard copy.

Websites like www.shutterpoint.com and www.fotolibra.com allow stock photographers to upload and sell their images. It is a great way to market pictures and earn money with photography. You can also purchase images at those websites as well. With all the stock photography sites available, one may find pictures you never even heard of before.

Wedding Photography Styles Defined

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a difficult process especially if you don’t know what to look for. With so many different photography styles to choose from, it is important to figure out what type you prefer. Some of the names for these include the following: Photojournalism, Traditional, Documentary, Illustrative, Contemporary, Reportage, Candid, and many others. However, when shopping for a City Hall Wedding Photographer you cannot assume that the name fits the actual work. The only way to figure this out is to research each website and look at the photos. I will attempt to provide a very brief summary of the 4 major styles that are most prevalent:

PHOTOJOURNALISM A documentary approach to wedding photography that emphasizes candid photos with little or no posing. Also known as Reportage, Documentary or Candid wedding photography. The final wedding album should tell the story of the day in an artistic fashion. Hopefully, a true photojournalist will capture emotion, laughter and the fun present at virtually all weddings. Photojournalists will interact much less with the bride and groom throughout the day and will usually take less of the couple’s time.

TRADITIONAL Traditional photographers like to call their style “timeless”. Some will work off of a so-called “shot list” that the bride and groom are asked to complete before the wedding. They will use classic, romantic poses and there is more emphasis on capturing the family and friends in posed photographs. Much more interaction with the bride and groom is present and it may take more of the couple’s time to complete the shoot. An excellent traditional wedding photographer should be an expert in lighting, posing and family portraits.

ILLUSTRATIVE Illustrative photography may be one of the newer style designations, but it has been around for quite a while. It’s not exactly a mixture of photojournalism and traditional photography but it does contain some elements of both. An illustrative photographer will try to shoot a wedding in a documentary fashion, but will improve the circumstances where possible. This may include choosing a great outdoor background to shoot the couple in front of, or changing the lighting indoors to improve the end result. One example of illustrative wedding photography involves the photographer asking the bride to get dressed and put on her jewelry, etc. close to an open window with natural light available. In theory, this should improve the photos, by providing complimentary lighting.

CONTEMPORARY Contemporary photography is one of the more recent styles that has emerged in the last few years. The focus here is on creating high-fashion types of images. Striking poses, glamorous make-up and edgy backgrounds are all part of Contemporary wedding photography. The photographer will bring in studio lighting or maybe even backdrops to create images with impact. A very hands-on approach is taken with both the bride and groom. You will be instructed to make very deliberate poses, the types you may see in publications like Vogue. At times, you will feel like a model does during a magazine cover shoot. This style is probably not for the shy, reserved bride, though some of the best at this art would tell you that they are able to make anyone feel comfortable in front of the camera. In many cases, that is probably true, but it becomes increasingly important who you choose. This type of coverage can be just as time consuming as Traditional wedding photography, but the results can be spectacular. The fact is, most wedding photographers probably won’t fit neatly into one of these categories. However, a very large majority of them will tell you that they incorporate all these styles into their work. Of course, the true test is the actual photos. Ask the photographer how they fit into the categories above, but most importantly, look at the work!

Drive Traffic To Your Wedding Photography Blog

Having a blog is a great way to boost and drive traffic to your wedding photography business. They are extremely popular with Google provided you update your blog regularly with unique content. Promoting your service is quite easy with a Blogging site, which is easy to run, easy to update and easy to publish on the search engines.

Some great Blog sites include WordPress and Blogger. They are the two most powerful sites which have a high Page Rank (PR). I recommend using a paid WordPress hosting site as you can change and customise your themes quite easily. If you dont know CSS or HTML dont despair as there are hundreds of Free Photography templates online that can be used. Your alternative is to buy a customised template which are usually less then $100.

Promoting your service, online product or offline business has never been easier. In this article we will outline five great tips to increase traffic to your wedding photography blog which will increase business and sales.

Tip 1. Register and Ping Your Blog List

There are services online that you can ping your blog once you have updated a post. A great service is Pingler which will ping out your blog to over 50 sites once you place in the relevant information. Pingoat is another so to Ping-O-matic. Great for increasing traffic to your blog.

Tip 2 : Add Tabs / Buttons to News Readers

Sites such as Bloglines, Google Reader allow for members to receive an RSS feed on their favourite blog niche that they have interest in. Having a RSS button on your website or blog will allow readers to get updated access of your blog every time you post something new.

Tip 3: Update Unique Content to your Blog Often

Google and the other major search engines love and endorse updated blogs that are unique. Making a post few times a week is great, pushing to once a day is even better. Dont go overboard as it may have adverse affects to your Google rankings.

Tip 4: Post your Blog in Relevant Forums

Register to forums related to your business. So if you are in Photography register on these forums and actively take part in discussions. Never spam! You will get a one-way link from these forums sites. Great for Search engine optimisation which affects page rankings.

Tip 5: Post to Facebook

Having a facebook share link on your blog is great way to viral market your site. All your friends and keep up with your postings with a click of a button.
Follow the above tips to steadily increase traffic to your photography blog. This also is relevant to any niche you are in. Update your blog with unique content regularly and you will notice the increase in traffic.

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