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The latest tips, tricks, and how-to's from Studio126, along with a little of this and a little of that.

Corrections to FOR GUYS MAG (nsfw)

GUYS magazine just released their March 2015 Special Edition uncensored issue and I'm proud to have two layouts in the magazine. One with the incredible Jeana Turner that I shot back in October of last year and the second one with the sexy Mindy Ann Harrison that I shot in Atlanta earlier this year. 

As I'm sure happens often in the publishing business there are a couple of errors that made it into the publication. I wanted to mention the correction here so that the proper people are credited. 

You can find the issue at these two sites. Go check them out.

Print issue:

Digital issue:

You can also find FGM all over the web.






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Jeana Turner , Photographer: "Stevie D" from Minnesota

Jeana Turner, Photographer: "Stevie D" from Minnesota

My shoot with Jeana has a picture included at the end of the set that wasn't taken by me and unfortunately I'm unable to find the photographer's name. It's attributed to "Stevie B" on Jeana's twitter feed but my twitter and facebook searchs have not turned up any photographer by that name. If this is your picture please contact me so I can credit you.

The flip-side of the credit glitch is that my photo layout of Mindy is credited to another photographer, Harvey Elkins. Harvey is a fine photographer and a friend of Mindy's who has also had some of his photos of Mindy published in GUYS (check out the December '14 uncensored issue).

I'm sure what happened was the same graphic file used in the December issue to add the overlay with Mindy and the photographer's names was used for this issue as well and during the editing process changing the photographer's name was overlooked, basically a cut & paste error. Shit happens.

I'm just a happy clam to have two layouts with two beautiful women in the same issue. Go check them and the other models out.

Mindy Ann Harrison , Photographer: Me (sorry Harvey)

Mindy Ann Harrison, Photographer: Me (sorry Harvey)

Modern Hoboing

When I was in the Army, a quarter-century ago, my Battalion went to Fort Irwin in the California desert for a month long combat training exercise. The week before going we loaded all of the Battalion's M60A1 tanks and various other vehicles on rail cars and sent them ahead of us by train. Volunteers were asked to ride along with the equipment as a security detail. The trip would take a little under a week and the volunteers would ride the train from Fort Polk Louisiana to the California desert. To this day I regret not volunteering. The thought of riding the back of a train and watching the countryside pass by still appeals to me, maybe even more so as I grow older and life becomes more claustrophobic. Fortunately for us Mike Brodie didn't suffer from the same lack of an adventurous spirit as I did at his age. Instead he spent 4 years riding the rails of America, capturing these stunning photos with a Polaroid camera he found along the way. He has since given up photography but a book of his works, titled "A Period of Juvenile Prosperity", can still be purchased on his site.  


Star-trails Photo Outing

Some real quick notes about tonight's photo outing. We will meet meet at Publix on Hwy 53 between 6:00 and 6:30pm if you want to jump in someones car or just follow someone else up there. It's about a 20 minute ride from there to the site. 

If you want to go on your own then put in 37 Milam Rd, Taft TN into your GPS or phone and it will get you close. Call me if you get lost - 256-542-1449

As for the actual photography part, you'll need a camera and tripod at a minimum. A cable release is almost a necessity but there are was around that if you don't have one. DRESS WARM! You can always go to your car and warm up if needed but you will want to dress warm enough to be out in the cold for 20-30 minute stretch.  If you have any questions call or text me at 256-542-1449.

What you need to know about Color Space (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB)

Color space seems to be one of those things that people are always confused about. Most cameras have the option to shoot in either sRGB or Adobe RBG and most photographers I speak to don't know which one to choose or what the difference is. I've often been confused about this myself and so I chose to always work in sRGB because it seemed the most compatible color space for the web. Well I came across this video on the B&H Photo site that does a really good job of explaining the differences and what you should be working in. Enjoy! Oh... let me know if you find this useful.


Huntsville Photographic Society host Adam Jones

Roger Hunter from HPS contacted me to extend the invitation to HAP members to come join them on Monday, March 10th, to listen to guest speaker Adam Jones. Adam is a Canon "Explorer of Light" and has been published in a plethora of top-tier magazines.  I won't try to list his accomplishment here, go to his site to read all about him and to see his stunning work.

Thanks, Roger and HPS, for thinking of us.

Here's the info provided by HPS...

Huntsville Photographic Society
March Program – “Through the Lens of Adam Jones”

Adam Jones is a very popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer. Adam teaches photography workshops around the world helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of photography. He has taught for Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, Maine Photographic Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and Great American Photography Workshops. Adam is noted for his enthusiastic down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels

Today this internationally recognized photographer specializes in travel, nature, and wildlife. He travels extensively throughout the U.S. and around the world creating his distinctive images. His award-winning photography has been widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer, and Coldwater Creek. Adam’s publication credits also include: National Geographic Books, Life Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Sierra Club, Disney, People Magazine, Hallmark Cards, and hundreds of textbooks.

He is in great demand for his beautiful graphic nature images and his clean distinctive travel imagery. He is equally at home in remote wilderness area as he is hanging out of a helicopter capturing aerials of major urban areas.

On March 10, 2014, Adam Jones will present an inspirational nature and wildlife program for Huntsville Photographic Society entitled “Through the Lens of Adam Jones” This program truly offers something for every outdoor and nature photographer. His will cover a wide range of interests from beautiful macro, award winning landscapes, wildlife from local to exotic locations, High Dynamic Range, Focus stacking for unlimited depth of field, and a few software techniques just for fun.

Join Adam in this session where questions and interaction with the audience is encouraged.
Have your questions answered by a well-known and respected pro.

A great opportunity for models

If you're a model in need of a portfolio makeover, some new content, or just want to work with some talented new people - then here's your chance. Supershoots will be in Nashville on April 12 and 13, 2014 for their annual Nashville Supershoots event and JT, the event organizer, let me know he's looking to add some new models to the line-up. Professional hair and makeup services will be provided and you'll have the opportunity to shoot many different looks and work with many different photographers over the two days, including some of the finest beauty and glamour photographers around, JT Smith, Dennis Keim, and Mike Caldwell. Models only need to bring plenty of outfits and smiles. You can see a small sample of my shots from Nashville in the gallery above and also check out JT, Dennis and Mike's sites. All the links are below.
If you'd like to model at this event please contact me. You won't find a better place to build a solid portfolio.

JT Smith - ModelMayhem
Dennis Keim - dK-studio, ModelMayhem
Mike Caldwell - Mr. Photo StudiosModelMayhem
and me, Andy -, ModelMayhem


Christmas, Christmas time is near...

Time for toys and time for cheer. So if you want to get your toys (camera) out and capture some Christmas cheer here are some suggested holiday light displays.

The most obvious one is the Tinsel Trail in Big Spring Park. Any night you go there will likely be lots of people milling about so there should be plenty subjects to shoot but don't overlook the less obvious shoots. Try some long exposure shots and play with the exposure time to get a sense of people moving about the trees or maybe even vanishing in the picture. Experiment.

Another big light display is a private one in a Huntsville neighborhood, and as I just learned, has been on hiatus for a few years.  It's back now, but only for 4 nights, starting this Thursday, Dec 19th. So get over there while you can. Expect a lot of traffic. It's 7826 Horseshoe Trail.

I seem to recall someone sending me something about a light display in downtown Arab but I can't find it now and don't know anything about it personally. If anyone has any information about that one or another light displays please let me know or post it in the comments.


Lastly, our local photography group is having our Christmas gathering tonight so please come by. We will have food provided, bring your own drinks. We'll also have a product photography tutorial and demonstration provided by our member, Devon, who use to photograph for The location is in the link above. We'll be there from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Meetup Notes for May 16th

It was good seeing everyone tonight and it was really good seeing some new faces, thanks to all you 1st timers for coming tonight. We hope to see more of you. Also let me thank everyone for bearing with me and my somewhat inept explanation of histograms. I really should prepare a little for these things. I thought I'd follow up with some info from the web that you could go look at later and get a better understanding if needed. This first video was one I just found. It's simple and short.

This next one is a little longer. It's from the Adorama TV Digital Photography 1-on-1 series with Mark Wallace.



Meetup Notes for April 4th


Well, I'm a little late getting this out to the group but late is better than never.  We covered a few things at the meeting but the main thing was lens calibration. If you google it you'll find a ton of tutorial, but I haven't found one that's simple, even though the process isn't hard. If anyone finds one that's pretty good let me know and I'll link to it. There are a couple of tools that make the process easier. The LensAlign and the SpyderLENSCAL. Both work fine and are available on Amazon. If you don't want to shell out the cash for one I'll be glad to bring mine to a meet up, just let me know in advance.

Something that came up after the meeting was model releases. A lot of you may ask why you need one, especially if the model asked me to take the picture and it's only going in my portfolio. Well the short answer is because you can't predict the future. The release protects you and the time you've invested in building a portfolio. As the photographer you own the copyright of an image but that still does not give you the permission to plaster someones face all over your website or Facebook or any other social media, and although you may have the verbal consent of the model there's nothing that protects you from them changing their mind in the future. So say you built a nice portfolio and you have a few pictures that are the gems of the bunch, then somewhere down the road you piss off the subject of those images, what happens? Well without the release the model could refuse to let you use them anymore. Anyway, there are lots of sources of releases out there and plus some smartphone apps too. You can read more about it at the ASMP website. They have release language that you can copy and paste into your own form and that have a free app that you can download to your phone. There are many types of releases to chose from but at the very least use this one.

The last item we discussed was the Rick Sammonseminar coming to Huntsville on May 11th. It is free but you do need to register. There will door prizes and someone on hand from Peachtree Camera cleaning sensors for $30

That's a wrap.

Meetup Notes for March 7, 2013

I'm glad we had such a nice turn out for the meet up last night, 15 by my count, including the two that showed up virtually. The Google+ Hangout seemed to have worked pretty well so I can see us using that more in the future to include some of our remote members or to have a completely virtual meeting in some cases. Anyway, the main topic for the night was the Frequency Separation skin retouching technique (download the action here), a very versatile method of retouching skin by separating low frequency content (color) onto one layer and hight frequency content (texture) onto another.  By doing this you can retouch each layer separately and, with a little practice, you can leave the skin looking completely natural. It's good for more than just skin though, at the end of the night I mentioned a photo by Benjamin Von Wong where he used this technique to remove distractions from this photos of Trio Dinicu. Von Wong used the frequency separation technique to give the building and sidewalk their satin finish

He also put together a behind the scenes video of the shoot and a complete blog post about it.

Enjoy!  –Andy

Also, here is a video from Sara Kiesling of her doing a beauty makeover using this technique.

9-12 Meetup Notes

I'm really glad we had such a good turn out to the meetup last night. There was a lot of discussion and a lot of things we were supposed to follow up with. I thought I'd try to capture everything here in one spot.

At least one person expressed and interest in product photography and I directed them to Alex Koloskov's site. He's an Atlanta-based product photographer that posts a lot of tutorials and behind-the-scenes videos online. He uses a lot of strobes because he freezes and lot of liquids in his shots but you can do a lot of what he does with lights from Home Depot and a DIY light tent.

For those interested in learning glamour and beauty photography and want the chance to work with top-notch models then visit The closest event to Huntsville is the upcoming Birmingham shoot. These are not group shoots, but are individual shooting events with instructor involvement there to help you out when you need it. The instructor line-up varies from event to event but the two constants are J.T. Smith, who runs the whole thing, and Dennis Keim (dK) who's well know for his stunning work.

Joe McNally

For anyone interested in a flash photography course check out the Joe McNally "One Light. Two Light" tour. It's a 1-day event that be in Atlanta on February 28th. Joe is the guru of speedlight photography and this event is only $99 or $79 for NAPP members.

There are a number of photowalks coming up soon. Patrick is organizing one on September 29th in Athens and there is the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk happening  on October 13th. The Kelby event has 3 locations nearby to chose from, Huntsville, Athens, and Florence.

Hit the Lodge 2012

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Sometime last year I was looking for some workshops to attend that would help me to learn how to shoot people, more specifically, models. Something that would help me with posing, lighting, and all the other aspects of beauty/fashion/glamour photography, or fabeauglam for short. One of the workshops I came across was SuperShoots and they were having a class in Atlanta, so I signed up and made the trip for the two day workshop. Compare to the other workshops I had been to, this one was stellar. There had to be 12-15 models there so that everyone was shooting instead of standing around waiting, or everyone trying to shoot the same person at once (that's a mess for both the model and the photographers), and most of the models had real experience modeling so they were able to help me along when I would get stuck. Well I was impressed enough that I have since been to 3 other events in Peoria, Nashville, and a 4-day event in Pike County, Illinois called Hit the Lodge.

This is 4 solid days of shooting, shooting, and more shooting... with some instruction thrown in for good measure. It's in rural Illinois at a hunting lodge that's taken over by the photographers and models and everyone eats and sleeps on-site for those 4 days. The result is that you spend a lot of time talking with everyone, sharing ideas an techniques, shooting late into the day and night, and experimenting because you have the time. There was film student there this year and he put together this very good promo video of the event.

If you have any questions about the events please feel free to contact me.

DIY LightSphere

Don't feel like shelling out $60 for a Gary Fong LightSphere?  Allen Mowery made this simple version from household items that looks like it works pretty well. The best thing about this, besides the price, is that it look rugged. Something that could be folded and stuffed in a pocket of your bag and not take hardly any room. My preferred flash-bouncing solution is the large Rouge FlashBender, which cost less and it more easily packed than the Fong LightSphere, but is still much more expensive than Allen's DIY solution.

A Time Lapse Video Of Earth Taken From Space

This is an amazing time-lapse video from the Expedition 28 crew.

Time Lapse From Space - Literally. The Journey Home. from Fragile Oasis on Vimeo.

Producing time-lapse video onboard the International Space Station while orbiting 250 miles above the Earth at 17,500 miles per hour helps people follow along on our missions, not as spectators, but as fellow crewmembers. -- Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut, Expedition 27 & 28

For the whole story:

Photography from the International Space Station:
Expedition 28 Crew

Editing in Space: Ron Garan
Editing on Earth: Chris Getteau, Todd Sampsel, Dylan Mathis


1:06 Europe to the Indian Ocean
1:35 United States of America
2:01 Aurora Australis over Madagascar
2:26 Central Africa to Russia
2:44 Europe to the Middle East
3:00 Hurricane Katia
3:10 New Zealand to the Pacific Ocean
3:38 Northwest U.S. to South America
4:10 Aurora over Australia
4:34 North America to South America
5:05 Mexico to the Great Lakes
5:16 Hurricane Irene
5:22 California to Hudson Bay
5:38 Tanzania to Southern Ocean
6:00 Central Africa to the Middle East
6:15 Chile to Brazil
6:25 Africa to the Mediterranean Sea
6:37 Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan

With sincere thanks:

"Downside Up"
Written by Peter Gabriel
Performed by Peter Gabriel (feat: Melanie Gabriel)
(P) 2011 Peter Gabriel Ltd
Published by Real World Music Ltd.
Courtesy of

“Down To Earth”
Performed by Peter Gabriel
Music by Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman / Lyrics by Peter Gabriel
Published by: Wonderland Music Company, Inc. (BMI)/Pixar Music (BMI)
L.A. sessions Produced by Thomas Newman
Produced by Peter Gabriel
Recorded by Richard Chappell
Mixed by Tchad Blake
(P) 2008 Walt Disney Records/Pixa