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Winners of the first ever Creative Dreamers Blog Awards

Last month, Creative Dreamers started encouraged our readers to vote for your favorite blogs to earn the honor of the first ever “Creative Dreamers Blog Awards.”

Well, our readers have spoken and now it;s time for the results.

Blog Awards by category:

Favorite Photography Blog

lyndamichelle

Favorite Poetry Blog

Poetry Frog

Favorite Visual Design or Layout on a Blog

An Evil Nymph’s Blog

Favorite General Arts Blog

art.iculation

Favorite Drawing Blog

Drawing OWU

Favorite Subculture and Body Art Blog

Scars are Tattoos

Favorite Music or Video Blog

World Music – the Music Journey

Congratulations to all of our winners. Please fell free to brag about your accomplishments after all, our readers already have.

Editing disasters – what not to do to your photos

As a general rule…

every photographer edits his or her photos to some extent. Sure once in a while a shot here or there will turn out just fine from the start  but that’s pretty rare. And while most serious photographers use a program like Photoshop to make adjustments to their photos, the tips below will apply to just about every possible editing tool.

Let’s think of it this way:

Hollywood celebrities and those with substantial incomes who spend a lot of time in the spotlight sometimes get a little “work done” aka plastic surgery. However, sometimes it’s done well and other times it can be a horrific disaster. The same can be said for these two approaches to re-working your images.

1. Exposure

Say you take a picture you love but notice that the image you bring up on your computer screen is darker than you had hoped. What’s a shutterbug to do? – why, bump up the exposure of course. Not so fast! While this is an easy and effective technique, you have to be careful. If you turn up the exposure too far, the washed out effect that will result can look unappealing and amateurish. Unless you are going for an intensely blown out scene intentionally for artistic purposes, this is a very bad idea.

over-exposed bad photo

Blown out shot from excessively high exposure.

well exposed photo

A well exposed photo from my work with Three Rivers Creative Arts.

2. Saturation

Having the pleasure of working with a number of alternative models, I know that photographers like myself love to showcase subjects with colorful hair or body art. When attempting to do this, or to enhance colors in less than vibrant skin, muted sunsets, animal coats or  anything else, you might opt to increase the saturation. Again, good idea, but keep it to a minimum. While a little saturation can add some wonderful coloration, too much can actually bring out the noise in a shot, redden this skin too much in people and simply make things look less realistic.

over-saturated photo

Unrealistic looking shot resulting from excess saturation. 

One of my well saturated shots from a shoot for Twisted Angels.

The bottom line:

No matter what the subject matter might be, the same rules apply – by all means kick the exposure and saturation up a notch, but be careful about how much.

The art of modeling and it’s many, many genres

When we think of modeling, most of us probably have a particular image in mind. Perhaps that image involves gawking crowds around a runway with models strutting with vigor in some “new look” for the season. Or maybe the bikini clad woman of Sport Illustrated and other notable publications pop into your head. Whatever the case may be, it may surprise you to find out just how many different types of modeling actually exist.

Here’s and extensive but certainly not complete list:

Fashion Modeling

This niche is all about the clothing being worn and usually features tall, slender models.

A few of the many Sub-genres include – 

Editorial, Runway and Showroom

fashion modeling

Parts Modeling

It’s pretty much just what it sounds like. Models in this niche show off specific body parts like hands, feet, legs…

parts model

Commercial Modeling

Some sub-genres include -

Product, Lifestyle and Corporate

corporate modeling

Fitness Modeling 

This genre is all about showcasing fit and athletic models often in sporty clothing.

hot fitness modeling

Alternative Modeling

One of my favorites, it deals with models sporting body modifications like tattoos and piercings along with a punk or goth pics style.

alternative modeling

Glamour Modeling

This style focuses on sexual or sensual themes. This can range from mild to quite intense in terms of how graphic the content might become.

glamour modeling

Wall Calendar

It’s finally here!!!

As you may know by now, in my photography work I love the chance to work with alternative models. While that genre of modeling does cover a lot of area, I’m specifically referring to those who feature tattoos and piercings, vibrant colored hair and perhaps something of a goth, emo or punk style.

That being the case, a site I work with called Twisted Angels just published it’s 2013 wall calendar. I’m so excited by the results considering it’s the first time the site’s calendar has featured more than 13 photos. The count is actually 25, the cover, one main shot for each month and one small one too.

Anyway, if you’re so inclined to check out a preview, you can do so below.

Please keep in mind that some of these photos would fall into the NSFW category and you may not want them to be readily accessible by children. Nudity can be and often is artistic and beautiful but is also often hard to explain to your boss of an inquisitive young child.

Calendar preview form store standard version)

Video preview of deluxe version from the site itself

sexy alt modeling calendar

Video contest with awesome prizes!

So, a website I work with in the alternative modeling industry is holding a video contest and I’d like to pass the info along to the readers here at Creative Dreamers. Below you will find the details of the contest. Feel free to join anytime as that it runs through mid-September.

Twisted Angels Video Contest

1 Grand Prize – New Digital Video Camcorder, 1 item of your choice from the Twisted Angels Store at http://www.zazzle.com/twistedangels and a one year free subscription to our site at http://twistedangels.net.

3 First Prizes – One on one video chat session with one of our amazing models, a free professional photo of one of our models and a one year free subscription to our site.

5 Second Prizes – A free professional photo of one of our models and a one year free subscription to our site.

10 Third Prizes – A one year free subscription access to our site.

TWO CATEGORIES:

Entertainment – These clips should feature women primarily and fit somewhere in the goth, emo, punk, body modification or related concepts themes. They can be anything from skits to stories about subcultures or your own personal body art. The options are pretty open ended.

Promotional – These clips should be a conscious effort to promote our website which focuses on the aforementioned subcultures and anything that goes along with them.

RULES:

300 MB file size limit. Any common video format is acceptable. Any video recording device may be used.

All people appearing in the video and involved in the making of it must be at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in your region and voluntarily consent to involvement in the final product.

Entries may or may not be made with NSFW content but anything in this category must be artistic in nature.

Videos cannot contain any watermarking or similar content except in which case they only appear in either the intro or closing credits.

No real illegal activities may take place in the videos. Such things as simulated horror themes are fine.

All submissions must be received by no later than September 15, 2012.

HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES:

Once you’ve completed your video, upload the file to a private file sharing website (like Zippyshare, Google Drive, easy-share, etc.) not a public sharing site (like Youtube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, etc.).

Send a download link for your file to our e-mail address at twistedangelsnet@gmail.com. Do not post your video anywhere else online. This e-mail address can also be used to ask any additional questions you may have.

Along with the link, in your e-mail send the following information:

Your name/nickname that you want credited for your video.

Any title you may have for your video that is not evident in the video or file name itself.

The names/stage names of anyone credited in the video.

JUDGING:

The winning entries will be determined by Twisted Angels staff and/or assignees. Winners will be revealed Oct. 1, 2012 corresponding with the third anniversary celebration of our website.

Images of an alternative style

As you might know my now…

my of my photography work focuses on what you might call “goth pics.” Now while that can be a bit of an oversimplified take on the subject matter, it does hold some credibility.

When working with models, I tend to seek out those with various body modifications or just an alternative style like those who might consider themselves punk, emo or yes, even goth.

I think part of my reason for doing so it the unique factor models working in this genre seem to posses. So, I decided to include a few images that I have captured over tha last few years for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy!

My personal photo book

Once in a while I like to experiment, specially when I have aopportunity to do so at no cost.  Such was the case with a recent photo book promotion. I had the chance to make an 8×8 hardcover book and pretty much customize it to my specifications.  That being said, I did so today. It is 100% black and white or spot color in nature and I think it might just have turned out pretty nice. Feel free to check it out at the link below:

“Attirance”

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